The Vanisher Variations: A Jewish Regency Mystery by Libi Astaire

The Vanisher Variations: A Jewish Regency Mystery by Libi Astaire

Jewish Regency Mysteries Book 4 There’s trouble afoot in Regency London’s Jewish community, and no one to stop the crimes—until wealthy-widower-turned-sleuth Mr. Ezra Melamed teams up with an unlikely pair of amateur sleuths: General Well’ngone and the Earl of Gravel Lane, the leaders of a gang of young Jewish pickpockets.

Kabbalat Shabbat: The Grand Unification by Debra Band

Kabbalat Shabbat: The Grand Unification by Debra Band

As Sabbath arrives on Friday evening, Jewish tradition exults in the completion of Creation. Kabbalat Shabbat: the Grand Unification offers vivid new Hebrew and English illuminated paintings, translations and commentary on the full Friday evening liturgy and customs, flowing in traditional Hebrew order. With imagery drawn from Kabbalah, midrash, the sciences and archeology, the book celebrates the spiritual glory of Creation and the wonder of its physical embodiment as we…

The Holocaust: History and Memory by Jeremy M. Black

The Holocaust: History and Memory by Jeremy M. Black

Brilliant and wrenching, The Holocaust: History and Memory tells the story of the brutal mass slaughter of Jews during World War II and how that genocide has been remembered and misremembered ever since. Taking issue with generations of scholars who separate the Holocaust from Germany’s military ambitions, historian Jeremy M. Black demonstrates persuasively that Germany’s war on the Allies was entwined with Hitler’s war on Jews. As more and more…

This Was from God: A Contemporary Theology of Torah and History by Jerome Yehuda Gellman

This Was from God: A Contemporary Theology of Torah and History by Jerome Yehuda Gellman

Publicly or secretly, traditional Jews increasingly doubt the historical reliability of the Torah. Here, Gellman provides an “old-fashioned” Jewish theology for accepting the contemporary critique of Torah and history. Gellman presents an outline of the scholarly conclusions, and then examines faith responses and rejects apologetic attempts to evade the challenge. The book elucidates the notions of Divine Providence and Divine Accommodation that then provide a basis for the thesis that…

The English Teacher by Yiftach Reicher Atir

The English Teacher by Yiftach Reicher Atir

After attending her father’s funeral, former Mossad agent Rachel Goldschmitt empties her bank account and disappears. But when she makes a cryptic phone call to her former handler, Ehud, the Mossad sends him to track her down. Finding no leads, he must retrace her career as a spy to figure out why she abandoned Mossad before she can do any damage to Israel. But he soon discovers that after living…

Acco Festival: Between Celebration and Confrontation by Jerome Napthaly Shem-Tov

Acco Festival: Between Celebration and Confrontation by Jerome Napthaly Shem-Tov

This research follows the history ofthe Acco Festival for Other Israeli Theatre from 1980-2012, chronicling it as a site of celebration as well as confrontation. The Acco Festival is presented as a borderland that brings together established mainstream directors and actors, alternative artists from the fringes, and Acco’s Jewish and Arab residents. The book explores the festival’s artistic direction; repertoire; organization, budget, and infrastructure; reception; and the Acco host community.…

Girl: My Childhood and the Second World War by Alona Frankel

Girl: My Childhood and the Second World War by Alona Frankel

Alona Frankel was just two years old when Germany invaded Poland. After a Polish carpenter agreed to hide her parents but not her, Alona’s parents desperately handed her over to a greedy woman who agreed to hide her only as long as they continued to send money. Isolated from her parents and living among pigs, horses, mice, and lice, Alona taught herself to read and drew on scraps of paper.…

Sifting through Ashes: Words & Images by Bruce Gendelman, Robert B. Miller

Sifting through Ashes: Words & Images by Bruce Gendelman, Robert B. Miller

In August 2015, Robert Miller and Bruce Gendelman toured sites of the Holocaust s atrocities. Led by the former Special Envoy to Combat and Monitor Anti-Semitism and a Catholic priest, and accompanied by survivors of the Holocaust, they met witnesses, deniers, and ghosts of their ancestors. Sifting through Ashes is their effort to capture what they experienced, and an attempt, in some small way, to make sense of how the…

Good People by Nir Baram

Good People by Nir Baram

It’s late 1938. Thomas Heiselberg has built a career in Berlin as a market researcher for an American advertising company. In Leningrad, twenty-two-year-old Sasha Weissberg has grown up eavesdropping on the intellectual conversations in her parents’ literary salon. They each have grand plans for their lives. Neither of them thinks about politics too much, but after catastrophe strikes they will have no choice. Thomas puts his research skills to work…

The Jewish Library Handbook: a guide for synagogue, school and center libraries (edited) by Joyce Levine

The Jewish Library Handbook: a guide for synagogue, school and center libraries (edited) by Joyce Levine

The Association of Jewish Libraries’ practical guide for synagogue, school and community center libraries. Topics covered: Starting a New Library; The Budget; The Collection; Cataloging; Classification; Automation; Programming; Promotion and Advocacy; and Accreditation. Also included are sample mission statements and policies for circulation and collection development.