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  • Gittel's journeyGittel's journey : an Ellis Island story

    Newman, Leslea, author.

    "Brings to life a not too distant history of immigration to Ellis Island. When it's time for nine-year-old Gittel and her mother to leave their homeland behind and go to America for the promise of a new life, a health inspection stops any chance of Gittel's mother joining her daughter on the voyage. Knowing she may never see her mother again, Gittel must find the courage within herself to leave her family behind"--

  • Typically JewishTypically Jewish

    Maxwell, Nancy Kalikow, author.

    "In eight "trait" chapters --Worrying, Kvelling, Dying, Noshing, Laughing, Detecting, Dwelling, and Joining-- "more deli than deity" writer Nancy Kalikow Maxwell offers ancient and contemporary insight into what it means to be "typically Jewish" today inAmerica. The following "Typically Jewish, Atypically Fun" Discussion Guide gets participants schmoozing on how they live, love, work, eat, and even plan to die as Jews." --

  • Spies of no countrySpies of no country : secret lives at the birth of Israel

    Friedman, Matti, author.

    "The story of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, which was conceived in Palestine during World War II by British spies and Jewish militia leaders, and which eventually became the nucleus of the Mossad, Israel's vaunted intelligence agency"--

  • The illustrated worldwide who's who of Jews in photographyThe illustrated worldwide who's who of Jews in photography

    Gilbert, George.

  • Mama, are we there yet?Mama, are we there yet?

    Saposnek, Rose.

  • The Apostolic See and the JewsThe Apostolic See and the Jews / History; Addenda, Corrigenda, Bibliography and Indexes

    This is the final volume of an eight-part work (1988-1991). Pp. 1-16 contain an additional 17 documents from the period 1262-1516. Pp. 17-19 contain a list of corrections. Pp. 20-60 contain a bibliography of books and articles. Pp. 61-176 contain indexes of persons, places, and subjects.

  • The English assassinThe English assassin

    Silva, Daniel, 1960-

  • The origins of the Inquisition in fifteenth century SpainThe origins of the Inquisition in fifteenth century Spain

    Netanyahu, B. (Benzion), 1910-2012.

    The Spanish Inquisition was responsible for one of the fiercest repressions in human history. It fused the triple evil of a police state, a totalitarian ideology, and racial persecution. Its terrible reverberations have been felt in our own century, and are likely to be felt in the next. Yet for all its notoriety, its origins have never been fully explored or clearly understood before now. What caused this monstrous attack upon Spain's so-called conversos - the Christian descendants of the Jews who had been forced to convert during the anti-Semitic riots that swept across Spain at the end of the fourteenth century? Were the thousands of conversos who died at the hands of the Inquisition in fact secretly still Jews, only pretending to be good Christians, as the Inquisition charged and as most scholars continue to believe? In this magnum opus, the renowned scholar B. Netanyahu shows us that this claim is groundless. After a lifetime of research in long-unexamined Spanish sources, he reveals that at the time of the Inquisition, almost all conversos were in fact full-fledged Christians, and that the few Judaizers among them had dwindled into insignificance. The vast machinery of the Inquisition could not have been founded to kill a dying movement. What, then, was its purpose? The Origins of the Inquisition answers this question definitively. By examining Spanish anti-Semitism from its origins, Professor Netanyahu demonstrates that the brutal anti-converso movement that led to the Inquisition was the same one responsible for the massacre of Jews in Spain in 1391 and the ensuing mass conversion of Spanish Jews (at sword-point) to Christianity. The rapid rise of the conversos to high royal offices - higher, even, than those attained by their Jewish forefathers - made them the target of the same forces that had persecuted the Jews. It was to remove the conversos from their influential positions, and to prevent their intermarriage with the Spanish people, that they were accused of being secret Judaizers and members of a "corrupt" race that would "pollute" the Spanish blood. This was the first time that extreme anti-Semitism was wedded to a theory of race - a union that would dramatically affect the course of modern history.

  • The Jew in the art of the Italian RenaissanceThe Jew in the art of the Italian Renaissance

    Katz, Dana E.

    "Renaissance Italy is often characterized as a place of unusual privilege for and tolerance of Jews. Unlike England, France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal, the princely courts of early modern Italy, particularly Urbino, Mantua, and Ferrara, offered economic and social prosperity to Jews. When anti-Jewish hostilities created civic tumult in this region, secular authorities promptly contained the violence." "The written record tells only one part of the story. Pictures tell another. In The Jew in the Art of the Italian Renaissance, Dana E. Katz reveals how Renaissance paintings and sculpture became part of a policy of tolerance that deflected violence to a symbolic status. Although rulers upheld toleration legislation governing Christian-Jewish relations, they simultaneously supported artistic commissions that perpetuated violence against Jews. The economic benefits Jewish toleration supplied never outweighed the animosity toward Jews' participation in the Christian community."--Jacket.

  • Esther in medieval garbEsther in medieval garb : Jewish interpretation of the book of Esther in the Middle Ages

    Walfish, Barry.

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  • Savage feastSavage feast : three generations, two continents, and a dinner table : (a memoir with recipes)

    Fishman, Boris, 1979-, author.

  • Spies of no countrySpies of no country : secret lives at the birth of Israel

    Friedman, Matti, author.

    "The story of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, which was conceived in Palestine during World War II by British spies and Jewish militia leaders, and which eventually became the nucleus of the Mossad, Israel's vaunted intelligence agency"--

  • Gittel's journeyGittel's journey : an Ellis Island story

    Newman, Leslea, author.

    "Brings to life a not too distant history of immigration to Ellis Island. When it's time for nine-year-old Gittel and her mother to leave their homeland behind and go to America for the promise of a new life, a health inspection stops any chance of Gittel's mother joining her daughter on the voyage. Knowing she may never see her mother again, Gittel must find the courage within herself to leave her family behind"--

  • The great aloneThe great alone

    Hannah, Kristin, author.

  • The collector's apprenticeThe collector's apprentice : a novel

    Shapiro, Barbara A., 1951-, author.

    "It's the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris--broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fiancé, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity, a Frenchwoman named Vivienne Gregsby, and sets out to recover her father's art collection, prove her innocence--and exact revenge on George. When the eccentric and wealthy American art collector Edwin Bradley offers Vivienne the perfect job, she is soon caught up in the Parisian world of post-Impressionists and expatriates--including Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse, with whom Vivienne becomes romantically entwined. As she travels between Paris and Philadelphia, where Bradley is building an art museum, her life becomes even more complicated: George returns with unclear motives . . . and then Vivienne is arrested for Bradley's murder"--

  • 21 lessons for the 21st century21 lessons for the 21st century

    Harari, Yuval N., author.

  • My mother's sonMy mother's son : a novel

    Hirshberg, David, author.

    "Hirshberg's debut novel packs both emotional punch and a vivid portrait of Jewish American life in post-WWII Boston. . . . Readers will find connections here to Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000) and to Saul Bellow's classic The Adventures of Augie March (1953)." Booklist (American Library Association), starred review "This amazing mosaic of fact and fiction will hold readers in its grip from the first to last page." Library Journal, starred review Gold Medal Winner, 2018 Independent Press Awards, Best Regional Fiction My Mother's Son, the meticulously-crafted debut novel from David Hirshberg, is a story told by a radio raconteur revisiting his past in post-World War II Boston, the playground and battleground for two brothers whose lives are transformed by discoveries they never could have imagined. From the opening line of the book, "When you're a kid, they don't always tell you the truth," the stage is set for this riveting coming-of-age story that plays out against the backdrop of the Korean War, the aftermath of the Holocaust, the polio epidemic, the relocation of a baseball team, and the shenanigans of politicians and businessmen. Hirshberg deftly weaves together events, characters, and clues and creates a rich tapestry of betrayal, persecution, death, loyalty, and unconditional love that resonates with today's America.

  • Typically JewishTypically Jewish

    Maxwell, Nancy Kalikow, author.

    "In eight "trait" chapters --Worrying, Kvelling, Dying, Noshing, Laughing, Detecting, Dwelling, and Joining-- "more deli than deity" writer Nancy Kalikow Maxwell offers ancient and contemporary insight into what it means to be "typically Jewish" today inAmerica. The following "Typically Jewish, Atypically Fun" Discussion Guide gets participants schmoozing on how they live, love, work, eat, and even plan to die as Jews." --

  • When christians were jewsWhen christians were jews : the first generation

    Fredriksen, Paula.

  • BraidedBraided : a physician's journey of a thousand challahs

    Ricanati, Elizabeth.

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