Friday, December 20, 2013



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Ravid, Liora. Daily life in Biblical times. Springfield, N.J. : Gefen Books, [2013/5773].

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Bernstein, Ellen, 1953-. The splendor of creation : a biblical ecology. Cleveland : Pilgrim Press, 2005.

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Unscrolled : 54 writers and artists wrestle with the Torah : a reboot book. New York : Workman Pub., [2013].
"A smart, daring, original new take on the Torah. Image: 54 leading young Jewish writers, artists, photographers, screenwriters, architects, actors, musicians, and graphic artists grappling with the first five books of the Bible and giving new meaning to the 54 Torah portions that are traditionally read over the course of a year. From the foundational stories of Genesis and Exodus to the legalistic minutiae of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, Unscrolled is a reinterpreting, a reimagining, a creative and eclectic celebration of the Jewish Bible".--Publisher.

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Sebag Montefiore, Simon, 1965-. Jerusalem : the biography. 1st American ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Chronicles the history of Jerusalem from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict discussing the many conflicts, faiths, and people that are part of the city's history.

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Shavit, Ari. My promised land : the triumph and tragedy of Israel. 1st ed. New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2013].
A personal narrative history of the State of Israel from journalist, Ari Shavit, drawn from his family's stories, interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters.

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Klein Halevi, Yossi, 1953-. Like dreamers : the story of the Israeli paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem and divided a nation. 1st ed. New York, NY : Harper, [2013].
Part one: the lions' gate (May-June, 1967) -- The seventh day (1967-1973) -- Part three: atonement (1973-1982) -- Part four: middle age (1982-1992) -- Part five: the end of the Six Day War (1992-2002). Journalist Yossi Klein Halevi interweaves the stories of a group of 1967 paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem, tracing the history of Israel and the divergent ideologies shaping it from the Six-Day War to the present.

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Carvajal, Doreen. The forgetting river : a modern tale of survival, identity, and the Inquisition. New York : Riverhead Books, 2012.
Raised Catholic, journalist Doreen Carvajal discovers that her ancestors may have been Jews in Inquisition-era Spain forced to renounce their faith and convert to Christianity, Carvajal travels to the centuries-old Spanish town of Arcos de la Frontera, to investigate her lineage and recover her family's original religious heritage.

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Ross, Theodore, 1973-. Am I a Jew? : lost tribes, lapsed Jews, and one man's search for himself. New York, N.Y. : Hudson Street Press, 2012.
Part I. Hidden Jew -- Part II. Crypto-Jew -- Part III. The Illuminati -- Part IV. The Masters of return -- Part V. Jewish mother -- Part VI. Synthesis and separation -- Part VII. The Spark -- Part VIII. Unique Populations -- Part IX. An Answer.

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Ullian, Robert. Frommer's Israel. 6th ed. Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2011.
Presents guidance and tools for visitors to Israel, including trip planning information, itineraries, lodging and dining suggestions for different budgets, and details on history, culture, and things to see and do.

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Steiner-Adair, Catherine. The big disconnect : protecting childhood and family relationships in the digital age. 1st ed. New York, NY : Harper, [2013].
Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater understanding, authority, and confidence as they come up against the tech revolution and how families can combat the disconnection they are experiencing from extreme device dependence.

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Dres, Jérémie, 1982-. We won't see Auschwitz. London : SelfMadeHero, 2012.

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Pierpont, Claudia Roth. Roth Unbound : a writer and his books. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.

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Elswit, Sharon. The Jewish story finder : a guide to 668 tales listing subjects and sources. 2nd ed. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., 2012.
God, faith, and prayer -- The Torah, the Talmud, and their study -- Biblical characters and events -- Quests for sacred objects and holy encounters in later times -- Rabbis : wit and wisdom -- Wonder weavers : tales of magic -- Angels, demons, spirits, gilguls, dybbuks, and golems : the supernatural -- Talking animal tales and fables -- Tricksters and fools -- Human stories -- Tales for festivals and holidays.

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Levy, Faye. Healthy cooking for the Jewish home : 200 recipes for eating well on holidays and every day. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2008.
Contains two hundred recipes for kosher cuisine, focusing on healthy ingredients such as nuts, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables,with selections for traditional Jewish holidays and feasts, as well as everyday appetizers, soups and salads, dairy and eggs, fish, poulty and meat,legumes, side dishes, grains and pastas, and desserts.


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Albright, Madeleine Korbel. Prague winter : a personal story of remembrance and war, 1937-1948. 1st ed. New York : Harper, c2012.
Setting out -- Part One: Before March 15, 1939 -- An unwelcome guest -- Tales of Bohemia -- The competition -- The linden tree -- A favorable impression -- Out from behind the mountains -- "We must go on being cowards" -- A hopeless task -- Part Two: April 1939-April 1942 -- Starting over -- Occupation and resistance -- The lamps go out -- The irresistible force -- Fire in the sky -- The alliance comes together -- The crown of Wenceslas -- Part Three: May 1942-April 1945 -- Day of the assassins -- Auguries of genocide -- Terezín -- The bridge too far -- Cried-out eyes -- Doodlebugs and gooney birds -- Hitler's end -- Part Four: May 1945-November 1948 -- No angels -- Unpatched -- A world big enough to keep us apart -- A precarious balance -- Struggle for a nation's soul -- A failure to communicate -- The fall -- Sands through the hour-glass -- The next chapter -- Guide to personalities -- Time lines. Former United States Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, shares her experiences, and those of her family, during World War II, discussing the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia, the country where she was born.

Dauber, Jeremy Asher. The worlds of Sholem Aleichem : the remarkable life and afterlife of the man who created Tevye. 1st ed. New York : Nextbook/Schocken, 2013.
Profiles the life of Yiddish writer, Sholem Aleichem who created the character Tevye the Dairyman in a collection of stories that inspired "Fiddler on the Roof.".

Lipsky, Seth. The rise of Abraham Cahan.

Laskin, David, 1953-. The family : three journeys into the heart of the twentieth century. New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2013.
Traces the history of the 20th century through the story of an extraordinary Jewish family, recounting how the author's 19th-century ancestors were separated by period upheavals in western Russia and went on to become the founders of the Maidenform Bra Company, pioneers in the contentious birth of Israel, and victims of the Holocaust.

Kanter, Trudi. Some girls, some hats, and Hitler : a true love story rediscovered. 1st Scribner hardcover ed. New York : Scribner, 2012.
Memoir of Trudi Kanter, a Jewish hat designer for the elite in Vienna, Austria, when Hitler invaded the country, that discusses her journey with her beloved Walter to Prague and later to London to escape the Nazis.

Szegedy-Maszak, Marianne, 1955-. I kiss your hands many times : hearts, souls, and wars in Hungary. 1st ed. New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2013].
Marianne Szegedy-Maszak discusses her family's pre- and post-World War II struggles.

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Wiesel, Elie, 1928-. Open heart. 1st American ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Award-winning writer Elie Wiesel, during his recovery after a life-threatening heart surgery, reflects on his many losses and accomplishments.


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Attenberg, Jami. The Middlesteins. 1st ed. New York : Grand Central Pub., 2012.
Edie is fixated on food and if she doesn't stop she won't live much longer, but when her husband of thirty years, Richard, finally leaves her, the rest of the family steps in to try and fix things.

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Balson, Ronald H. Once we were brothers : a novel. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2013.
When wealthy Chicago philanthropist Elliot Rosenzweig is accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, he hires attorney Catherine Lockhart to take his case, and to her he reveals his Polish families history involving an abandoned child named Otto Piatek.

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Belfoure, Charles, 1954-. The Paris architect : a novel. Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2013].
Lucien Bernard accepts a commisssion to build a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man during World War II, but when one of his hiding spaces fails, the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes personal.

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Boianjiu, Shani, 1987-. The people of forever are not afraid : a novel. 1st pbk. ed. London : Hogarth, [2013].
Yael, Avishag, and Lea, who grew up together in a small Israeli village, are conscripted into the army where they will struggle to sustain their friendship and learn that a single moment can change everything.

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De Luca, Erri, 1950-. Me, you. Other Press ed. New York : Other Press, 2011, c1999.
A sixteen-year-old boy, on summer holiday on an island off Naples in the 1950s, becomes obsessed with a mysterious, slightly older girl who teaches him what it meant to be a Jew under German domination, and sparks him to take action against the Germans who have once against invaded the Bay of Naples--this time as tourists.

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Hershon, Joanna. A dual inheritance : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, [2013].
"Forging an intense friendship in their senior year at Harvard, Ed, a Jewish, girl-crazy scholarship student and Hugh, a Boston Brahmin who dedicatedly pines for the one who got away, abruptly and mysteriously go their separate ways years later and pursue very different lives that are shaped by their past bond"--Provided by OCLC.

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Leeds, Constance. The silver cup. New York : Viking, 2007.
In 1096, Anna, a German Catholic girl, and Leah, a German Jewish girl, strike up a remarkable friendship and make surprising discoveries about each other.

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Orner, Peter. Esther stories. 1st Back Bay pbk. ed. New York, NY : Back Bay Books / Little, Brown and Co., 2013.
Initials etched on a dining-room table, Lockeport, Nova Scotia -- Thumbs -- In the walls -- Early November -- Pile of clothes -- Papa Gino's -- On a bridge over the Homochitto -- Cousin Tuck's -- Two Poes -- Shoe story -- Thursday night at the Gropher Hole, April 1992 -- Country Road G -- At the Motel Rainbow -- Sitting Theodore -- At Horseneck Beach -- Sarah -- Walk Kaplan reads Hiroshima, March 1947 -- Melba Kuperschmid returns -- Birth of a son-in-law -- At the Conrad Hilton -- Awnings, bedspreads, combed yarns -- High priest at the gates -- In the dark -- Atlantic City -- Providence -- Michigan City, Indiana -- The raft -- The house on Lunt Avenue -- Daughters -- My father in an elevator with Anita Fanska, August, 1976 -- Seymore -- The moraine on the lake -- Esther stories -- The waters.

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Orringer, Julie. The Invisible Bridge. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Jews have limited opportunities in Hungary in the years prior to World War II, so Andras Levi leaves to Paris to study architecture, where he meets Klara, a fellow Hungarian; but when war breaks out, he and Klara return to their homeland where they take up the fight against the Nazis.

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Perlman, Elliot. The street sweeper. 1st American ed. New York : Riverhead Books, 2012, c2011.
Lamont Williams is a paroled felon looking to turn his life around as a street sweeper for a hospital while looking for his estranged daughter when he befriends a Holocaust survivor and Adam Zignelik is a struggling professor who comes across a cache of recording never heard before from the Holocaust that can help turn his career around.

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Richman, Alyson. The lost wife. Berkley trade pbk. ed. New York : Berkley Books, 2011.
After the Nazi invasion of Prague, Josef is separated from his wife, Lenka, and, believing she has died, moves to America, where he becomes a successful doctor and tries to move on with his life, unaware that Lenka survived the Nazi ghetto of Terezín, relying on her artistic skills and the memories of her beloved Josef, until a chance encounter decades later reunites them and shows them the resilience of the human spirit.

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Solomons, Natasha. The house at Tyneford. New York : Plume, c2011.
Elise Landau, a nineteen-year-old upper class Jewish woman, leaves Vienna for England in 1938 where she takes employment as a parlor maid at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, and begins an unlikely friendship with her employer's son, Kit, that will transform Tyneford and Elise forever.

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Tropper, Jonathan. One last thing before I go. New York, N.Y. : Plume, [2013].
Drew Silver, father of Casey, a pregnant teenager bound for Princeton, and a divorced drummer who makes his living playing in wedding bands, decides not to have emergency lifesaving heart surgery.


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Hallinan, P. K. Heartprints. Nashville, Tenn. : Ideals Children's Books, [2002], c1999.
When the children are kind and help others, they leave heartprints along the way.

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Koster, Gloria. Mitzi's mitzvah. Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., Inc., [2013].
"A family and their dog do a good deed visiting a nursing home on Rosh Hashanah."--Provided by publisher.

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Perlov, Betty Rosenberg. Rifka takes a bow. Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., 2013.
A young girl's family is part of a Yiddish theater performance group in New York city.

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Polacco, Patricia. The Blessing Cup. 1st ed. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2013].
A single china cup from a tea set left behind when Jews were forced to leave Russia helps hold a family together through generations of living in America, reminding them of the most important things in life.

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Snyder, Laurel. The longest night : a Passover story. 1st ed. New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, c2013.
A child in Egypt tells what the Jews are experiencing in the days leading up to their flight from Egyptian slavery.

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Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth. The kindness quilt. 1st ed. Las Vegas : Amazon Publishing, c2006.
Minna does a lot of thinking about her project to do something kind, make a picture about what she did, and share it with her classmates, but finally comes up with an idea that spreads to the whole school.


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Moriarty, Chris, 1968-. The Inquisitor's apprentice. Boston : Sandpiper, c2011.
In early twentieth-century New York, Sacha Kessler's ability to see witches earns him an apprenticeship to the police department's star Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf, to help stop magical crime and, with fellow apprentice Lily Astral, Sacha investigates who is trying to kill Thomas Edison, whose mechanical witch detector that could unleash the worst witch-hunt in American history.

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Perl, Erica S. Aces wild. 1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013.
Eleven-year-old Zelly Fried's parents will not allow her to have a slumber party until she teaches her mischievous puppy, Ace, to behave, but with Grandpa Ace around nothing is ever simple.

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Tal, Eve, 1947-. Double crossing. 1st ed. El Paso, TX : Cinco Puntos Press, c2005.
In 1905, as life becomes increasingly difficult for Jews in Ukraine, eleven-year-old Raizel and her father flee to America in hopes of earning money to bring the rest of the family there, but her father's health and Orthodox faith become barriers.


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Londner, Renee. Stones for Grandpa. Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., [2013].
After a year of missing his grandfather and remembering things they did together, a young boy and his family unveil Grandpa's tombstone, place stones on it, and share stories, knowing the memories will never be lost.

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Kosofsky, Chaim. Much, much better. 1st ed. Brooklyn, N.Y. : Hachai Pub., c2005.
Usually Shlomo and his wife, Miriam, celebrate Shabbat by inviting guests into their home, but, one week, the only guest they can find is a mysterious man who arrives unannounced and later blesses their home.

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Rouss, Sylvia A. Sammy spider's first book of Jewish holidays. Minneapolis, MN : Kar-Ben Pub., [2013].
Through simple illustrations and text, Sammy Spider highlights some traditions during Jewish holidays.

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Ehrlich, Amy, 1942-. With a mighty hand : the story in the Torah. 1st ed. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013.
Presents a narrative and simplified retelling of the stories from the Torah with illustrations.


Schubert, Leda. Monsieur Marceau. 1st ed. New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2012.
An illustrated biography of the famous French mime, Marcel Marceau.

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Weiss, Helga, 1929-. Helga's diary : a young girl's account of life in a concentration camp. 1st American ed. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2013.
A young girl's first-hand account of life in the Terezin concentration camp during World War II.


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Freedman, Paula J. My basmati bat mitzvah. New York : Amulet Books, 2013.
Tara Feinstein, proud of both her East Indian and Jewish heritage, questions what it means to have a bat mitzvah and deals with her own doubts about her faith.

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Text messages : a Torah commentary for teens. Woodstock, VT : Jewish Lights Pub., c2012.
A guide for Jewish teenagers on understanding the Torah showing how each Torah portion contains worlds of meaning for them, for what they are going through in their lives, and for how they can shape their Jewish identity as they enter adulthood.

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Toffler-Corrie, Laura. The life and opinions of Amy Finawitz. 1st ed. New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2010.
Through emails, one-act plays, and Chinese-style fortunes, Amy keeps her best friend informed as her elderly neighbor, Miss Sophia, invites herself and her nephew Beryl, a Hassidic Jew, to help Amy with a school assignment that takes them across New York City.

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Watts, Irene N. Touched by fire. Toronto, Ont. : Tundra Books, [2013].
Fourteen-year-old Miriam flees to America with her family in 1910, where her family settles in a tenement building on the Lower East Side of New York and Miriam gets a job as a cuff setter at the Triangle Waist Company, but just as she is finishing work on March 25, 1911, a fire begins in the factory and she struggles to escape.


Cast: Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, Cecil Parker. Court Jester. Hollywood, CA : Dena Enterprises; Dena Pictures; Paramount, c1955; 1983; 2009.
In 12th century England, the infant king is usurped by the wicked King Roderick. Black Fox and his band attempt to restore the rightful king to the throne by having a member of their group infiltrate the court by posing as the jester. Things get zany when the jester is hypnotized into believing he is an assassin and switches identities at the snap of finger, the King's daughter falls for the jester, people randomly sing what are supposed to be recognition codes, and a sorceress interferes.

Laurence Olivier, 1980. Jazz singer. English: 25th Anniversary edition. United States : Anchor Bay Entertainment, 1980.
Neil Diamond stars as Yussel in this tale of a young Jewish cantor who strives to make a career in music. Against the wishes of his rigid father and his loving wife, he travels to California to play his music.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Why it's fun being a librarian

Today, a six year old said to me "Do you know what's cool about the library?  When it's a holiday you put books out that are about that holiday!"

Very observant child!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Community Author Events!

At Brookline Booksmith:

Sue Kushner Resnick - You Saved Me, Too: What a Holocaust Survivor Taught Me about Living, Dying, Fighting, and Swearing in Yiddish  October 23,  7:00 pm

Alicia Suskin Ostriker - The Book of Life: Selected Jewish Poems, 1979-2011
 October 30,  7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Judaica Librarian's event, May 4


The Spring Meeting of the New England Chapter of the Association of Jewish Libraries (NEAJL) will take place, Friday, May 4, @ Temple Emanuel, Newton, MA. All are welcome!

The schedule is below. (If you're just interested in the "Making History" program, it's fine to come just for that session.)

9:30 - 10:00: Coffee, tea, muffins, shmooze.

10:00 - 11:15. Making History: Synagogue Replication Project, with Rick and Laura Brown (details below).

11:30 - 12:15. The Wonderful World of E-Books! - facilitated by Jane Zande, Librarian, Cong. Beth Israel, W. Hartford, CT; and Cathy Balshone, Librarian, Newton Public Library.

12:15 - 1:00. Stay for lunch if you like! You may bring a dairy or pareve bag lunch. We''ll have water, seltzer, coffee, tea.

1:00 - Shabbat Shalom!


Rick and Laura Brown are the creative forces behind "Making History," a truly remarkable and inspiring project they founded ten years ago to replicate models of 17th century Polish wooden-frame synagogues, along with recreations of the exquisite paintings that adorned the vaulted ceilings and walls. The smaller scale models they have produced with artisans, scholars and students have been wowing viewers across the country over the last decade. Articles on earlier phases of their work have been featured in the NYTimes, JTA, and other publications.

Now, NEAJL members and guests have a chance to hear firsthand about this one-of-a-kind endeavor that is culminating this summer in Poland, as the Browns lead the final phase of construction and painting of the Gwozdziec synagogue replication project. The completed work will become the centerpiece of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, set to open in Warsaw in 2013. The Browns, professors at Mass Art, are world renown in the field of recreating historic objects. Their work has been featured on PBS and the History Channel. They are co founders of HandsHouse Studio, a not-for-profit, innovative, educational organization that creates adventurous hands-on projects through community-service, building projects with non-profit partners around the world and is a Cooperating Institute with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Professional and Continuing Education Program.

-Here's more info about who they are and what they're doing

They will tell us about HandsHouse Studio, the Synagogue Replication Project and a documentary film they're working on about the Synagogue Project.

RSVP ASAP, the latest, please, by Friday April 27, to Ann Abrams, .

Ann Abrams, President, NEAJL
Librarian, Temple Israel, Boston

Sunday, March 25, 2012


We'll be having our first ever USED BOOK SALE, Sunday, June 10, from 9:00 - 2:00, of all kinds of Jewish books, for children and adults.  For more information, please contact

Sunday, May 15, 2011

May is Jewish American Heritage Month

This month is Jewish American Heritage Month and throughout the month the government will be hosting events and offering historical information on a variety of websites.  For example, on Tuesday, May 17th, President Obama will host a Jewish American Heritage Month reception at the White House.  A number of government agencies have combined to create a website with historical information and audio/visual resources as well.  Another website focuses on events happening around the country and also includes a page entitled 50 States/50 Stories that highlights Jewish American historical events and famous figures in each state, including Massachusetts. If you are interested in the legal history of Jewish American Heritage Month, the Law Library of Congress has a research guide that collects information on the legislative and executive branch documents related to this commemoration.

The Library of Congress also has a website devoted to its exhibit, From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America

Posting by Library Intern, Carli Spina.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Edith Pearlman Events

Unfortunately, Edith Pearlman's reading at Porter Square Books on March 8th had to be cancelled.  However, it has been rescheduled and she will also be speaking at a number of other venues in and around Boston in the coming weeks:
For a more complete list of her appearances, please see her website.

Edith Pearman Events post by Library Intern, Carli Spina.