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The Beth Am Library Supports This Year’s Education Theme

Beth Am’s education theme for the 2017-2018 year is Jews and Politics. The topic was presented at Beth Am's Asilomar weekend in July. What does Judaism have to say about politics and government? How might our tradition inform our political beliefs and engagement today?

The Beth Am Library will be supporting this theme with a display of books and DVDs in the Beth Am Library. This topic is particularly relevant today.

If you were not able to participate in the Asilomar weekend, come into the Library and find something of interest to you. Please see the bibliography below, or come into the Library and pick up a copy.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Jews and Politics


  • Abba Eban: An Autobiography   Abba Eban
  • The Americanization of the Jews   Robert M. Seltzer & Norman J. Cohen (eds.)
  • American Jewish Identity Politics   Deborah Dash Moore (ed.)
  • America’s Prophet: How the Story of Moses Shaped America   Bruce Feiler
  • Assimilation and its Discontents   Barry Rubin
  • Baruch: The Public Years: My Own Story   Bernard M. Baruch
  • Bearing Witness: How America and its Jews Responded to the Holocaust   Henry L. Feingold
  • Begin: His Life, Words and Deeds   Zvi Harry Hurwitz
  • Begin: The Haunted Prophet   Eric Silver
  • Bella Abzug   Doris Faber
  • Benjamin Disraeli    Adam Kirsch
  • Bridges & Boundaries: African Americans and American Jews   Jack Salzman with Adina Back & Gretchen Sullivan Sorin (eds.)                       
  • Chutzpah   Alan M. Dershowitz
  • Comrades and Chicken Ranchers: The Story of A California Jewish Community   Kenneth L. Kann
  • The Congressional Minyan: The Jews of Capitol Hill   Kurt F. Stone
  • The David Story:  A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel   Robert Alter
  • Disraeli   Robert Blake
  • Disraeli in Love: A Novel   Maurice Edelman
  • A Dual Heritage: The Public Career of Oscar S. Straus   Naomi W. Cohen
  • Elusive Prophet: Ahad Ha’am and the Origins of Zionism   Steven I. Zipperstein
  • FDR and the Jews   Richard Breitman & Allan J. Lichtman
  • The Fighting Rabbis: Jewish Military Chaplains and American History   Albert Isaac Slomovitz
  • From Exodus to Freedom: A History of the Soviet Jewry Movement   Stuart Altshuler
  • From Politics to Piety:The Emergence of Pharisaic Judaism   Jacob Neusner
  • From These Men: Seven Founders of the State of Israel   Shimon Peres
  • Give Us a King!: Samuel, Saul, and David: A New Translation of Samuel I and II   Everett Fox
  • Golda    Elinor Burkett
  • The Human Rights Book    Milton Meltzer
  • In Praise of Public Life   Joseph I. Lieberman
  • Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism   David Biale, Michael Galchinsky, & Susannah Heschel  (eds.)
  • In the Almost Promised Land: American Jews and Blacks,1915-1935   Hasia Diner
  • I Seek My Brethren: Ralph Goldman and “the Joint”: Rescue, Relief and Reconstruction – The Work of  the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee   Tom Shachtman
  • Jewish Immigrant Associations and American Identity in New York, 1880-1939   Daniel Soyer 
  • The Jewish Political Tradition, vol. one Authority   Michael Walzer, Menacherm Lorberbaum, Naom J. Zohar (eds.), Yair Lorberbaum (co ed.)
  • Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment   J. J. Goldberg
  • Jewish Radicals: From Czarist Stetl to London Ghetto   William J. Fishman
  • Jews & Blacks: Let the Healing Begin   Michael Lerner & Cornel West
  • Jews and the American Soul: Human Nature in the 20th Century   Andrew R. Heinze
  • Jews and Power   Ruth Wisse
  • Jews in American Politics   L. Sandy Maisel & Ira N. Forman (eds.)
  • Judah P. Benjamin: The Jewish Confederate   Eli N. Evans
  • The Labyrinth of Exile:  A Life of Theodor Herzl   Ernest Pawel
  • A Land of Our Own: An Oral Autobiography Golda Meir
  • The Life and Times of Menahem Begin: Rebel to Statesman   Frank Geervasi
  • Lishma: For His Name’s Sake:  The Life and Times of Rabbi Sidney Akselrad: An Oral History   Sidney Akselrad with Elaine Berman
  • Lone Wolf: A Biography of Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky   Shmuel Katz
  • Memoirs of a Failed Diplomat   Dan Vittorio Segre
  • Moses as Political Leader   Aaron Wildavsky
  • Moses Hess: Prophet of Communism and Zionism   Shlomo Avineri
  • Moshe Dayan: Story of My Life: An Autobiography   Moshe Dayan
  • My Life   Golda Meir
  • Napoleon and the Jews   Franz Kobler
  • The New Left and the Jews   Mordecai S. Chertoff (ed.)
  • Official Secrets: What the Nazis Planned, What the British and Americans Knew   Richard Breitman
  • On Equal Terms: Jews in America 1881-1981   Lucy S. Dawidowicz
  • Peace, Justice, and Jews: Reclaiming our Tradition   Murray Polner & Stefan Merken (eds.)
  • The Plot against America: A Novel   Philip Roth
  • The Politics of Rescue: The Roosevelt Administration And the Holocaust, 1938-1945   Henry L. Feingold
  • Power and Powerlessness in Jewish History   David Biale
  • Price Below Rubies: Jewish Women as Rebels & Radicals   Naomi Shepherd
  • Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America   Marc Dollinger
  • Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice   Or N. Rose, Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, Margie Klein (eds.)
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided By Politics and Religion   Jonathan Haidt
  • Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King, Jr. & the Jewish Community   Marc Schneier
  • Spiritual Activism: A Jewish Guide to Leadership And Repairing the World   Avraham Weiss
  • Spiritual Radical: Abraham Joshua Heschel in America   Edward K.  Kaplan
  • Terror in the Night: The Klan’s Campaign against the Jews   Jack Nelson
  • There Shall be No Needy:  Pursuing Social Justice Through Jewish Law and Tradition   Jill Jacobs
  • Torn at the Roots: The Crisis of Jewish Liberalism In Postwar America   Michael E. Staub
  • Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California   Frances Dinkelspiel
  • Triumph over Tyranny: The Heroic Campaign that Saved 2,000,000 Soviet Jews   Philip Spiegel
  • Trotsky and the Jews   Joseph Nedava
  • What Shall I do with this People?  Jews and the Fractious Politics of Judaism   Milton Viorst
  • What Went Wrong? The Creation & Collapse of The Black-Jewish Alliance   Murray Friedman
  • When General Grant Expelled the Jews   Jonathan D. Sarna
  • Yitzhak Rabin: Israel’s Soldier Statesman   Michael G. Kort


  • Apocalypse Now? The Korach Rebellion
  • Blacks & Jews
  • Body and Soul:  The State of the Jewish Nation
  • Good Evening Mr. Wallenberg
  • Heir to an Execution: A Granddaughter’s Story
  • In Search of History: Infamous Dreyfus Affair
  • Masada: The Complete Epic Mini-Series
  • Not in Our Town: Northern California: When Hate Happens Here
  • Solomon
  • The Story of Jacob and Joseph
  • The Ten Commandments
  • To Russia with Love: The Rebirth of a Community

Compiled by Diane Rauchwerger & Leah Strauss, June 2017


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