In celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month – originally declared by President George W. Bush in in 2006 (https://www.jpost.com/american-politics/trump-proclaims-may-jewish-american-heritage-month-553195) - this guide highlights and introduces the Queens College community to the various digital and print resources available for research and entertainment.
The following is a recommendation for two terrific sites full of wonderful sources one can consult:
The Association of Jewish Libraries leads one to an extensive information related to Jewish Americans.
The online and print subscription to Jewish Review of Books includes much more than just reviews as it offers articles about “religion, literature, culture, and politics, as well as fiction, poetry, and the arts”.
Explore the role of American Jews in the entertainment industry:
Ansell, Lisa, et al. From Shtetl to Stardom : Jews and Hollywood. Purdue University Press, 2017.
Lifson, David S. The Yiddish Theatre in America. T. Yoseloff, 1965. Stacks Level 5 (PN3035 .L46 1965
Interested in Jewish culinary history? Here are two titles to consider:
Horowitz, R. Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food. Columbia University Press, 2016.
Merwin, T. Pastrami on Rye : An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli. NYU Press, 2015. Stacks Level 5 TX945.4 .M47 2015
Did you like the show Mad Men? Well, here is a look at Jewish version in book form:
Steinberg, K. P. Jewish Mad Men : Advertising and the Design of the American Jewish Experience. Rutgers University Press. 2015
A great source for articles published in journals and newspapers including American Jewish History, Jerusalem Post, Jewish Chronicle, and Jewish Film & New Media is the Library’s database Ethnic NewsWatch (ProQuest).
If you want to explore the Library’s streaming video collection, try the Academic Video Online (Alexander Street Press ). Relax by watching such videos as “The Sturgeon Queens” and “A Tickle in the Heart” or review the history of Jews via the PBS production of “The Beginning”.