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Reference Areas

Click on categories below to view the reference lists.

Articles of Interest

Yiddish Literature / Culture / History / Identity

The Jewish Experience 

Torah Study / References




Articles and websites of Interest

Yiddish is Alive and Well by Harvey Gotliffe
Jewish Identity Spelled in Yiddish
 The Last Books by Jonathan Brent
 Outpost on Pampas, Where Jews Once Found Refuge, Wilts as They LeavePew Study: A Portrait of Jewish Americans (Oct. 2013)
Something Can Be Done, A Purple Solution to Intermarraige
)USA Today Who is a Jew?
What Defines an American Jew?/;
Pew Survey About Jewish Americans Got it All Wrong 
The White Veil- Peter Matthiessen’s lifelong quest for peace, about auswitz

 The Yiddish Book Center has updated its online database and the search engines for easier access to their collections: Including the works of hundreds of Jewish writers, children’s books and Yizkor books. Further, their collections now include audio files of authors and native speakers reading their works. ;    Yivo Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe




Yiddish Literature / Culture / History / Identity

General Lists – All available on most as print copies, some also as Kindle e book editions

Sholem Aleichem, “Tevye’s Daughters,” Collected Stories of Sholem Aleichem.

Sholem Aleichem, Tevye the Dairyman and Railroad Stories , Library of Yiddish Classics

Sholem Aleichem, Five Short Stories, (annotated)(Kindle ebook, no hard copies available)

S. Ansky, The Dybbuk and Other Writings, edited with introduction by David Roskies.
Isaac Babel (translated by David McDuff), Red Cavalry and Other Stories, Penguin Books, 1994.

Lucy S. Dawidowicz (ed.), The Golden Tradition: Jewish Life and Thought in Eastern Europe, Jason Aronson Press, 1987.

Jeremy Dauber, The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem, Schocken Books, 2013

Helena Frank, Yiddish Tales (free from Kindle or Nook as ebook). 
Chaim Grade, Rabbis and Wives, Alfred A. Knopf, 1983. (Sacred and Profane, 2002, is a reprint of this book)

Dara Horn, The Rescuer (Kindle Single)

Dara Horn, A Guide for the Perplexed, (a novel) 2013

Irving Howe, World of Our Fathers (includes arrival at Ellis Island and life on the Lower East Side). 

Irving Howe and Eliezer Greenberg, A Treasury of Yiddish Stories, Viking Penguin press ( a wide representation of authors translated from Yiddish).

Jerzy Kosinski, The Painted Bird

Bernard Malamud, The Assistant -Available as a Kindle ebook, and many used print copies on Amazon.

Isaac Metzger, A Bintel Brief—60 Years of Letters from the Lower East Side to the Jewish Daily Forward.

Sheldon Oberman and Penninah Schram, Solomon and the Ant and Other Jewish Folktales

Annie Polland and Daniel Soyer, Emerging Metropolis, New York Jews in the Age of Immigration,,New York University Press, 2013

Penninah Schram, Jewish Stories, One Generation Tells Another, Jason Aronson, Inc. 1993.

Isaac Beshivis Singer, The Collected Stories (Farrar Strauss edition).

The I. L. Peretz Reader, edited, with introduction by Ruth R. Wisse, Yale University Press, 2002.

Philip Roth, The Ghost Writer, Vintage Books, 1979

Philllip Roth, Goodby Columbus, Vintage Books, 1959.

Ruth Wisse, No Joke: Making Jewish Humor, Princeton University Press, 2013

Isaac Metzker (ed), A Bintel Brief, Sixty Years of Letters from the Lower East Side to the Jewish Daily Forward, Schocken Books, New York, 1971


About the Shtetl in Eastern Europe

  • David Assaf (editorJourney to a Nineteenth Century Shtetl: the Memoirs of Hekheskel Kotik , Wayne State University Press, 2002.

  • Jack Kugelass and Jonathan Boyarin (editors), From a ruined Garden: The Memorial Books of Polish Jewry, Indiana University Press, 1998

  • Steven T.Katz (editor), The Shtetl: New Evaluations,  New York University Press, 2007.
  • Alisa Solomon, Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof, Metropolitan Press, 2013



The Jewish Experience

  • The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is delighted to announce the launch of the YIVO Digital Archive on Jewish Life in Poland, at The website provides access to thousands of digitized documents, manuscripts, photographs, artworks, films, and audio recordings relating to the rich and vibrant Jewish community in Poland before World War II. Conceived as an educational experience and a research tool, the new website has been developed to serve a broad audience of both the general public and scholars. 
  • David Roskies, The Jewish Search for a Usable Past, Indiana University Press, 1999.
  • Robert M. Seltzer, Jewish People, Jewish Thought: The Jewish Experience in History (Macmillan Publishing Company, 1980 (being updated).
  • Robert M. Seltzer and Norman Cohen (eds.), Americanization of the Jews, New York University Press, 1995.
  • Annie Polland and Daniel Soyer, Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration, 1840-1920, New York University Press
  • Isaac Metzker (ed), Bintel Brief: Sixty Years of Letters From the Lower East Side to the Jewish Daily Forward, Schoken Books,



Torah Study / References

The Jewish Study Bible
Edited by Adele Berlin and Marc Brettler
(New York: Oxford University Press, 2004)
Torah Through Time: Understanding Bible Commentary 
From the Rabbinic Period to Modern Times

By Shai Cherry (Philadeophia: JPS, 2007)
The Jewish Publication Society Torah Commentary (Five Volumes):
  • Genesis by Nahum Sarna (Philadelphia: JPS, 1989)
  • Exodus by Nahum Sarna (Philadelphia: JPS, 1991)
  • Leviticus by Baruch A. Levine (Philadelphia: JPS, 1989)
  • Numbers by Jacob Milgrom (Philadelphia: JPS, 1989)
  • Deuteronomy by Jeffrey Tigay (Philadelphia: JP, 1996)
A Torah Commentary for Our Times (Three Volumes)
By Harvey J. Fields (New York: UAHC Press, 1991)