by Eric Meisberger,
LBPH Reader Advisor
November is Jewish Book Month. The celebration of Jewish books in Public Libraries in the United States began in 1925 in Boston by a public librarian named Fanny Goldstein. What began as a single book display in one branch of the Boston Public Library has spread to a month long celebration of Jewish books all over the country. Now, for the month preceding Hanukkah, Jewish Book Month is celebrated at libraries all over!
Here at LBPH we have many books to help you celebrate Jewish Books Month. From history to mystery, biography and memoir to books on tradition Jewish celebrations, celebrate Jewish Book Month with some of the titles below!
Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays: From Shofar to Seder
Jewish cantor takes a light-hearted look at the eleven most important Jewish holidays. Instead of simply explaining the obligations of the Jewish faith as expressed in biblical texts, Axelrod shows where each holiday, along with its rituals, came from in an historical context. 2014.
Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California
Great-great-granddaughter of Isaias Hellman, California’s premier financier of the nineteenth century, uses primary sources to trace Hellman’s 1859 immigration to Los Angeles and role in spurring the city’s and state’s development. Discusses Hellman’s leadership, from opening his first bank to investing in transportation, education, land development, utilities, and wine. 2008.
Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved out an Empire in the New World
Historian explores Jewish refugees’ flight to Jamaica during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions. Includes accounts of Sinan, known in the sixteenth century as the “famous Jewish pirate,” and of Rabbi Samuel Palache. 2008.
Jacob’s Cane: A Jewish Family’s Journey from the Four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore
Harvard professor, intrigued by carvings on her great-grandfather Jacob’s cane, investigates her family history. Describes what she learned about Jacob Levy, who was born in Lithuania and moved to Baltimore, and his friendship with Bernhard Baron, another Jewish immigrant. Chronicles their prosperous businesses, family intermarriages, and eventual enmity. 2009.
My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq
Journalist depicts the lives of his Jewish Kurd ancestors. Describes the efforts of his father, Yona, to preserve their traditions and ancient native tongue, Aramaic–the language of Jesus–after relocating from Kurdistan to Israel and later to UCLA in California, where the author was born. Nat’l Book Critics Circle. 2008.