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Jewish Studies Research Guide

Books, Periodicals, Databases, etc.


In celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month – originally declared by President George W. Bush in in 2006  ( - this guide highlights and introduces the Queens College community  to the various digital and print resources available for research and entertainment.

General Sources

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”.


Books available at QCL on a variety of topics

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



Newspapers and Videos

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”.