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Post-Communist Jewish Identities: Jewish Community Revival

Annotated bibliographies on several aspects of the subject.

Jewish Community Revival

This section was compiled by
Rachel Williams.


Azaryahu, Maoz, and Aharon Kellerman. “Symbolic Places of National History and Revival: A Study in Zionist Mythical Geography.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 24.1 (1999): 109-23. Web. <>.

Brasz, Chaya. “After the Shoah: Continuity and Change in the Postwar Jewish Community of the Netherlands.” Jewish History 15.2 (2001): 149-68. Web. <>.

Frigyesi, Judit. “The Jewish Service in Communist Hungary: A Personal Journey.” British Journal of Ethnomusicology 11.1, Red Ritual: Ritual Music and Communism. (2002): 141-57. Web. <>.

Gillman, Abigail. “Cultural Awakening and Historical Forgetting: The Architecture of Memory in the Jewish Museum of Vienna and in Rachel Whiteread's "Nameless Library."’ New German Critique 93, Austrian Writers Confront the Past (2004): 145-73. Web. <>.

Gitelman, Zvi. “The Decline of the Diaspora Jewish Nation: Boundaries, Content, and Jewish Identity.” Jewish Social Studies 4.2 (1998): 112-32. Web. <>.

Horwitz, Rivka. “Franz Rosenzweig and Gershom Scholem on Zionism and the Jewish People.” Jewish History 6.05, The Frank Talmage Memorial Volume (1992): 99-111. Web. <>.

Itoh, Reiko, and Leonard Plotnicov. “The Saturday Morning Informal Service: Community and Identity in a Reform Congregation.” Ethnology 38.1 (1999): 1-19. Web. <>.

Luz, Ehud. “Buber’s Hermeneutics: The Road to the Revival of the Collective Memory and Religious Faith.” Modern Judaism 15.1 (1995): 69-93. Web. <>.

Penslar, Derek Jonathan. “Transmitting Jewish Culture: Radio in Israel.” Jewish Social Studies 10.1 (2003): 1-29. Web. <>.

Reiter, Ester. “Secular “Yiddishkait:” Left Politics, Culture, and Community.” Labour / Le Travail 49.0 (2002): 121-46. Web. <>.

Saposnik, Arieh Bruce. “…Will Issue Forth from Zion”?: The Emergence of a Jewish National Culture in Palestine and the Dynamics of Yishuv-Diaspora Relations.” Jewish Social Studies 10.1 (2003): 151-84. Web. <>.

Schweid, Eliezer. “Prophetic Mysticism” in the Twentieth-Century Jewish Thought.” Modern Judaism 14.2 (1994): 139-74. Web. <>.

Shurkin, Michael Robert. “Decolonization and the Renewal of French Judaism: Reflections on The Contemporary French Jewish Scene.” Jewish Social Studies 6.2 (2000): 156-76. Web. <>.

Simon, Rachel. “Language Change and Socio-Political Transformations: The Case of Nineteenth- and Twentieth- Century Libyan Jews.” Jewish History 4.1 (1989): 101-21. Web. <>.

Stadler, Nurit. “Is Profane Work an Obstacle to Salvation? The Case of Ultra Orthodox (Haredi) Jews in Contemporary Israel.” Sociology of Religion 63.4 (2002): 455-74. Web. <>.

Vörös, Kati. “How Jewish Is Jewish Budapest?” Jewish Social Studies 8.1 (2001): 88-125. Web. <>.

Weber, Donald. “Taking Jewish American Popular Culture Seriously: The Yinglish Worlds of Gertrude Berg, Milton Berle, and Mickey Katz.” Jewish Social Studies 5.05, American Jewish History and Culture in the Twentieth Century (1998-99): 124-53. Web. <>.

Zaidman-Dvir, Nurit, and Stephen Sharot. “The Response of Israeli Society to New Religious Movements: ISKCON and Teshuvah.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 31.3 (1992): 279-95. Web. <>.


Alfasi, Yitshak, and Avraham Yaacov Finkel. Jewish Glimpses of Frankfort. New York: CIS Publishers, 1993. Print.

Alperavicius, Simonas, and Izraelis Lempertas. Jewish Community of Lithuania: On the 10th Anniversary of the Revival. Vilnius: Jewish Community of Lithuania, 1999. Print.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Window on a Miracle: The Rebirth of Jewish Community in the Former Soviet Union. New York: American Joint Distribution Committee, 2000. Print.

Bodemann, Y. Michal. A Jewish Family in Germany Today: An Intimate Portrait. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005. Print.

Bodemann, Y. Michal, ed. Jews, Germans, Memory: Reconstructions of Jewish Life in Germany. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996. Print.

Borowitz, Eugene B., and Frances Weinman Schwartz. A Touch of the Sacred: A Theologians Informal Guide to Jewish Belief. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2007. Print.

Brenner, Michael. The Renaissance of Jewish Culture in Weimar Germany. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996. Print.

Cohen, Steven Martin, and Arnold M. Eisen. The Jew Within: Self, Family, and Community in America. Bloomington: Indiana State University Press, 2000. Print.

Cohn, Debra Ann. “Kehillah Kedoshah: The Experience of Jewish Sacred Community Among 12 Jews who Belong to Liberal Worship Communities.” PhD. Thesis. Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2009. Print.

Cohn-Sherbok, Lavina, and Dan Cohn-Sherbok. Judaism: A Short History. Oxford, England; Boston: Oneworld, 1999, 1994. Print.

Dorff, Elliot N. Love Your Neighbor and Yourself: A Jewish Approach to Modern Personal Ethics. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2003. Print.

Dribins, L. et al. Latvia’s Jewish Community: History, Tragedy, Revival. Riga: Publishers of the Institute of the History of Latvia, 2001. Print.

Field, Eli. Eli: The Story of a Patriarch. Chicago: E. Field, 2001. Print.

Finkelstein, Norman H. Forged in Freedom: Shaping the Jewish-American Experience. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2002. Print. 

Flanagan, Tanja G. Trying to Square a Triangle of Intrests: Germany, Jews, and the State of Israel. Georgetown: Georgetown University Press, 2005. Print.

Gevirtz, Gila. Count Me In: Jewish Wisdom in Action. Springfield: Behrman House, 2005. Print.

Gidley, Ben, and Keith Kahn-Harris. Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today. London; New York: Continuum Logo, 2010. Print.

Gitelman, Zvi, et al. eds. New Jewish Identities: Contemporary Europe and Beyond. New York: Central European University Press. 2003. Print.

Gitelman, Zvi Y., and Musya Glants. Jewish Life after the USSR. Bloomington: Indiana State University Press, 2003. Print.

Gitelman, Zvi Y., and Yaacov Ro’i. Revolution, Repression, and Revival: The Soviet Jewish Experience. Lanham: Rauman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007. Print.

Goldberg, Harvey E. Jewish Passages: Cycles of Jewish Life. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003. Print.

Grant, Lisa D., and Diane Tickton Schuster. The Impact of Adult Jewish Learning in Today’s Jewish Community. New York: United Jewish Communities, 2003. Print.

Great Synagogue. Project Renewal: Proposal to Expand the Congregation of the Great Synagogue by Establishing a Satellite Congregation in the Heart of the Eastern Suburbs Jewish Community Called The Great Synagogue East. Sydney: Great Synagogue, 2008. Print.

Gruber, Ruth Ellen. Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe. Berkeley; Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2002. Print.

Hofman, Nila Ginger. Renewed Survival: Jewish Community Life in Croatia. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2006. Print.

Israel, Steve. Connecting to Community: ha-`am ha-Yehudi be-yamenu shayakut ve-mehuyavut = Jewish Peoplehood, Belonging, and Commitment. Jerusalem: Department of Jewish Zionist Education, The Jewish Agency, Division of Israel-Diaspora Relations, Ministry Of Education, State of Israel, 2003. Print.

Kaes, Anton, and Martin Jay. “The Jewish Community: Renewal, Redefinition, Resistance.” In The Weimar Republic Sourcebook. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994. 248-80. Print.

Kaes, Anton, and Jay Martin. The Weimar Republic Sourcebook. Berkeley: Unversity of California, 1994. Print.

Kagedan, Allan L. Soviet Zion: The Quest for a Russian Jewish Homeland. New York: St.Martin’s Press, 1994. Print.

Kaufman, Jonathan. A Hole in the Heart of the World: Being Jewish in Eastern Europe. New York: Viking, 1997. Print. 

Keogh, Dermot. Jews in Twentieth-Century Ireland: Refugees, Anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust.Cork: Cork University Press, 1998. Print.

King, Alan. Matzo Balls for Breakfast: And Other Memories of Growing up Jewish. Waterville: Thorndike Press, 2005. Print.

Klymasz, Robert Bogdan. From Chantre to Djak: Cantorial Traditions in Canada. Hull, Que: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2000. Print.

Kovalski, Shalom Dov. From My Zaidy’s House: Growth and Development of a Cheder BoyFrom Otwock, Poland to a Leader of the American Jewish Community. Brooklyn: American Friends of Keren Dorshei Zion, 2000. Print.

Landau, David. Piety and Power: The World of Jewish Fundamentalism. New York: Hill and Wang, 1993. Print.

London, Charles. Far From Zion: In Search of a Global Jewish Community. New York: William Morrow, 2009. Print.

Maxwell, Margaret. “From “Troublesome Experiment” to “Proudest Possession”: Changing Attitudes of the Jewish Community of Cape Town to Jewish Education with Particular Reference to the Growth of the Jewish Day School.” Diss. University of Cape Town, 1993. Print. 

Ochs, Carol. Our Lives as Torah: Finding God in Our Own Stories. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001. Print.

Renewal of Jewish Life in Kiev After a Century of Silence. Kiev: The Kiev Great Synagogue And Jewish Community Center, 1999. Print.

Ro’I, Yaacov. Jews and Jewish Life in Russia and the Soviet Union. Portland: F. Cass, 1995. Print.

Roman, Yadin. Israel 60: A Special Issue of Eretz Magazine. Jerusalem: Eretz Ha-Tzvi, Inc., 2009. Print.

Sachar, Howard Morley. A History of Jews in the Modern World. New York: Knopf, 2005. Print.

Sachar, Howard Morley. The Course of Modern Jewish History. New York: Vintage Books, 1990. Print.

Sacks, Jonathan. Faith in the Future. Macon: Mercer University Press, 1997, 1995. Print.

Sobel, Zvi, and Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi. Tradition, Innovation, Conflict: Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Israel. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1991. Print.

Soltes, Ori Z. Memory, Tradition and Revival: Mapping and Identifying the Political Structure of The Jewish Community Worldwide. Georgetown: Georgetown University Press, 2005.Print.

Sorkin, Daniel. “Jewish Camping: A Rite of Passage for Contemporary Jewish Asolescents.” Diss. Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2007. Print.

Starkman, Ruth A. Transformations of the New Germany. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Print.

Strauss, Lauren B., and Michael Brenner, eds. Mediating Modernity: Challenges and Trends in The Jewish Encounter with the Modern World. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2008. Print.

Svonkin, Stuart. Jews Against Prejudice: American Jews and the Fight for Civil Liberties. New York : Columbia University Press, 1997. Print.

Torczyner, James L. et al. Diversity, Identity and Rapid Growth: Critical Issues Facing the Greater Vancouver Jewish Community. Montreal: McGill Consortium for Ethnicity & Strategic Social Planning, 1995. Print.

Torczyner, James L. et al. Rapid Growth and Transformation: Demographic Challenges Facing The Jewish Community of Greater Toronto. Montreal, Que.: McGill Consortium for Ethnicity & Strategic Social Planning, in conjunction with: Council of Jewish Federations-Canada, Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto, Statistics Canada, 1995. Print.

Young, William A. The World’s Religions: Worldviews and Contemporary Issues. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005. Print.

Zalcberg, Sima, et al. Hesed Evaluation Study: Jewish Identity, Community Orientation and Voluntarism. Jerusalem: JDC-Brookdale Institute, 2003-2004. Print.

Zaret, Melvin S. Community, Heritage, Legacy: In Pursuit of Progress: Selected Speeches, Papers, Essays. Milwaukee: Printstar Books: Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 2006. Print. WorldCat.

Digital Media


Bodemann, Michael. A Renaissance of German Jewry. 1993. Audiocassette. WorldCat. Web.

Eastwood, Carolyn. Near West Side Stories Struggles for Community in Chicago’s Maxwell Street Neighborhood. Princeton: Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2003. Compact Disc. WorldCat. Web.

Holz, Anthony D. Oral History Interview with Anthony D. Holz, 1998. Interview with Shawn Lerner. 1998. Audiocassette. WorldCat. Web. Ostow, Robin. The Status of the Former GDR Jewish Community. 1993. Audiocassette. WorldCat. Web.


Bronstein, Arthur L. Oral History Interview with Arthur L. Bronstein, 2002. Interview with Shirley S. Steele. Maria Rogers Oral History Collection, 2002. VHS. WorldCat. Web.

Chlanda, Pedro, dir. Servus, Adieu, Shalom: Tracing Vienna’s Jewish Culture. New York:Northstar Productions, distributed by the Cinema Guild, 2000. VHS. WorldCat. Web.

Kahn, Ellie, dir. Breed Street Shul Celebrating the Past and Creating the Future. Living Legacies Production, 2003. VHS. WorldCat. Web.

Kuchmij, Halya, dir. Man Alive. Hotel Cuba. Canadian Broadcasting Corp., 1995. Film. WorldCat. Web.

Laufer, Peter, and Jeff Kamen, dir. Exodus to Berlin. Waltham, MA: The National Center for Jewish Film, 2007, 2001. DVD. WorldCat. Web.

Paull, Laura, dir. Havana Nagila the Jews in Cuba. Modesto, CA: Schnitzki & Stone Video Journalism, 1995. VHS. WorldCat. Web.