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Post-Communist Jewish Identities: Books

Annotated bibliographies on several aspects of the subject.

Jewish Community Revival

This section was compiled by
Rachel Williams.


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.

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