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America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today, by Pamela S. Nadell  973 Na

How Jewish women have been at the forefront, fighting for causes such as trade unions, suffrage, civil rights, feminism, and Jewish rights around the world.  Some of the women discussed are labor organizer Bessie Hillman, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Grace Nathan and her great-granddaughter Emma Lazarus, and scores of other activists, workers, wives and mothers.  Winner of the Book of the Year, American Jewish Book Award, 2019.

Believers: Faith in Human Nature, by Melvin Konner, MD  200 Ko

A defense of religious belief based on discoveries in neuroscience, anthropology, and personal experiences of the author.  He aims to show that the capacity of faith is hardwired into humans and that religious experiences can alter brain states.

The Accusation: Blood Libel in an American Town, by Edward Berenson  301.73 Be

An account of America’s only instance of the blood libel charge, in Massena, New York in 1928,  The author traces its roots in Old World prejudice, homegrown antisemitism and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920’s.

We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel, by Daniel Gordis   953.22 Go

Gordis examines the history of the relationship, showing that from the very outset, the two communities’ dreams for a Jewish future were very different.  He then proposes steps to heal the breach.

Joseph and the Way of Forgiveness: A Biblical Tale Retold, by Stephen Mitchell  222.15 Mi

Mitchell’s “novelistic” version of the Biblical story of Joseph.

Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life –in Judaism,  by Sarah Hurwitz, 283 Hu

The author has been speechwriter for the Obamas and Hillary Clinton. A “lapsed Jew,” she happened upon an introductory class on Judaism, leading to an in depth study of Judaism– and the transformation of her life. Finalist for 2019 National Jewish Book Award, Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice category and also Education and Jewish Identity.

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