Look Back to go Forward

Photo courtesy of Forwards: How many Jews of Color Are There?

Photo courtesy of Forwards: How many Jews of Color Are There?

As we approach the 244th anniversary of independence for the United States, soul searching might be in order.

The following books are available at the Lampert Library or most public libraries.


Brian, The elected and the chosen: why American presidents have supported Jews and Israel : from George Washington to Barack Obama

Brodkin, How Jews became white folks and what that says about race in America

July color of loveGad,  The Color of Love: the story of a mixed race girl. Gad was adopted into a loving  Jewish family but not everyone embraced her.

Goldman, The American Jewish story through cinema

Hertzberg, The Jews in America: four centuries of an uneasy encounter : a history

McBride, The Color of Water: a Black man’s tribute to his white mother. McBride searches to find the story of his mother’s estrangement from her Jewish family.

Nadell, America’s Jewish women: a history from colonial times to today

july guarded gateOkrent, The guarded gate: bigotry, eugenics, and the law that kept two generations of Jews, Italians, and other European immigrants out of America

Oren, Joining the club: a history of Jews and Yale

Sarna,  Lincoln and the Jews

Sarna, When General Grant Expelled the Jews

Stavans, How Yiddish changed America and how America changed Yiddish

Weisman, The chosen wars: how Judaism became an American religion

july in the neighborhoodFICTION

Brown, Lake on Fire transports the reader to Gilded Age of Chicago and to recreate the  Jewish immigrant experience

Carlton, In the Neighborhood of True captures the racism, anti-Semitism, and social interactions of mid-century Atlanta

Diamant, The Boston Girl is a vivid novel portrait  Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century.

Foer, Here I Am is the struggle of on with his multiple roles as a husband, father, Jew and American.

july in the shadowSchlitz,  The Hired Girl is Joan , a poor girl, who finds herself a servant in a wealthy Jewish household in Baltimore.

Singer,  In the Shadow of Alabama Rachel finds the key to her father’s anger in World War II Alabama.

Solomon, The Little Bride, a Russian immigrant, is traded on the mid-west plains  as a  homesteader.

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Aileen Grossberg

Aileen Grossberg

Aileen Grossberg, a professional librarian, is a long-time congregant and serves as volunteer librarian for Shomrei's Lampert Library. The library, one of the best-kept secrets at Shomrei is used by the Rabbi, congregants, students and teachers of the JLC (Hebrew School) and Preschool. It's a tremendous resource completely supported by your donations and gifts. Aileen also heads the Shomrei Caterers, the in-house food preparation group. Can there be any better combination…good food and good books!
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