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The Story of the Jews
The Story of the Jews :
A 4,000 Year Adventure
Beginning with Abraham and Sarah, artist Stan Mack takes us on a rewarding pictorial journey across 4,000 years of Jewish history, through its ups and downs. From the biblical era to the twentieth century, we witness Moses receiving the Ten Commandments, the world's first "oy," the creation of the Talmud, the Crusades, the Holocaust, the birth of the Israeli state, the evolution of the stand-up comic, and much more. In addition, we meet the men and women who have shaped the Jewish experience, including Maimonides, Theodor Herzl, Irving Berlin, and Golda Meir.
Description from publisher

Veteran cartoonist Stan Mack brings his hip, contemporary sensibility to bear upon the sacred precincts of Jewish history and the result is, unexpectedly, a joy to behold. The artful and varied drawings breathe an air of enchantment that will both beguile and instruct children, while the often mischievous asides and commentary should bring a knowing smile to the lips of the most sophisticated adults. By sweeping away the cobwebs from Jewish history, Stan Mack has taken something familiar and made it fresh, piquant, and appealing to people of all ages."
--Ron Chernow

"Funny and original, and it won't take 4,000 years to read."
--Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons

Chronicle of Jewish History from the Patriarchs to the 21st Century:
From the Patriarchs to the 21st Century

By Sol Scharfstein
Chronicle Of Jewish History: From The Patriarchs To The 21st Century is an immensely readable history of the Jewish people from the patriarchal and matriarchal period to the establishment of the State of Israel up to the Oslo Agreement. There are more than 250 one and two page historical essays illustrated with more than 400 colorful photographs and explanatory maps, as well as 12 colorful timelines. Chronicle Of Jewish History details important events and movements which shaped the experience of the Jewish people. Included are numerous biographies of heroes and heroines which emphasize their contribution to Jewish history, literature and religion. Each of the essays moves beyond names, dates and facts to key conceptual problems for understanding what it means to be Jewish in the context of world events. Chronicle Of Jewish History is a literary and historical masterpiece of scholarship written for the benefit of both students & non-specialist general readers.

Description from Midwest Book Review

Blessed Is the Daughter

By Carolyn Starman Hessel
The inspiring story of Jewish women in all lands, from Biblical days to our own time. Their courage, their devotion, their deeds of service and dedication, in heroic action and in the practice of everyday Jewish life. This book offers guidance and insights out of the entire span of Jewish history and tradition, from our Mother Sarah to the great Jewish women of the twentieth century. In simple yet moving words, and in beautiful images, this beloved book, now in its eighth revised edition, continues to inform and delight new generations of Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation-age young women and their families.

Description from Publisher

From the Matriarchs to Glueckel of Hameln, from Henrietta Szold to Hannah Szenes, from Golda Meir to Bella Abzug and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, [Blessed Is the Daughter] is a survey of Jewish women "in all lands, from biblical times to our own." The book is organized into 20 themed chapters, featuring editorial commentary, along with vignettes of dozens of Jewish women who made important contributions to their people and to the world at large. There are black and white photos or illustrations to accompany most of the entries. The book is appropriate for middle schoolers and up. With its broad survey of Jewish history, focusing on the contributions of Jewish women, it will make an excellent Chanukah or Bat Mitzvah gift for young Jewish women who may someday be inspired by these women to make important contributions of their own to Jewish life.

Description from The Ohio Jewish Chronicle

Forever Outsiders: Jews and History from Ancient Times to August 1935

Bi Linda Jacobs Altman
This first book in a series explores the troubled history of the Jewish people. Starting with a brief description of the unique features of the Jewish religion and people, the book then outlines the various efforts of different empires and countries to defeat and/or convert the Jews. the focus moves from the Roman empire to the Spanish Inquisition and finally to the problems in Germany that led to the rise of Hitler. A wide range of historians, educators, and experts have come together to produce this fabulous series about the Holocaust. The easy to read yet comprehensive narratives are accompanied by black-and-white photos and other primary source materials. The "Holocaust Series" will be an excellent resource for social studies teachers.

Description from Children's Literature

My People:
Abba Eban's History of the Jews
Volume 1: Genesis to 1776

Adapted by David Bamberger
The history of the Jewish people through four thousand years--and the world history that gives it context. From the ancient world of biblical times, through the Crusades and the Renaissance, and into the Enlightenment in eighteenth-century Europe.

Description from Publisher

The Crafts and Culture of the Ancient Hebrews

By Joann Jovinelly
Students can journey back to Biblical times and witness the development to monotheism as they learn about the ancient Hebrews' nomadic life, their battles with neighboring tribes, and their attempts to find a permanent homeland and forge a nation after years of persecution, enslavement, and exile. Young people can explore the rich cultural and religious tradition of the Hebrews by creating beautiful crafts with this fascinating guide. It is a tribute to the strength, will, and artistry of the Hebrews.

Description from Publisher

Most of what historians, anthropologists, and scholars know about ancient societies comes from historical documents, but there's also much information to be found in art. Books in the new Crafts of the Ancient World series use crafts to reinforce introductory information on the daily life, language, culture, art, beliefs, and warfare of ancient societies. After kids read about rituals and celebrations, for example, they'll find step-by-step instructions, simple diagrams, and photographs to help them construct a mosaic mask from modeling clay, newspaper, and glue; after reading about clothing, they can construct "Hebrew Sandals" from cardboard and twine. The crafts are fairly simple and most supplies will be readily available, making this not only an informative series but also an accessible one. A time line, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading conclude each volume. Use these to supplement and support history or social studies.

Description from Booklist

Chronicle of Jewish History from the Patriarchs to the 21st Century

By Sol Scharfstein
Chronicle Of Jewish History: From The Patriarchs To The 21st Century is an immensely readable history of the Jewish people from the patriarchal and matriarchal period to the establishment of the State of Israel up to the Oslo Agreement. There are more than 250 one and two page historical essays illustrated with more than 400 colorful photographs and explanatory maps, as well as 12 colorful timelines. Chronicle Of Jewish History details important events and movements which shaped the experience of the Jewish people. Included are numerous biographies of heroes and heroines which emphasize their contribution to Jewish history, literature and religion. Each of the essays moves beyond names, dates and facts to key conceptual problems for understanding what it means to be Jewish in the context of world events. Chronicle Of Jewish History is a literary and historical masterpiece of scholarship written for the benefit of both students & non-specialist general readers.

Description from Midwest Book Review

Introduction to Jewish History:
From Abraham to the Sages
(Volume 1)

By Seymour Rossel
This book provides an effortless transition from childhood Bible tales to purposeful study of the Jewish past. Simple stories present the highlights of Jewish history from the age of the patriarchs to the destruction of the Second Temple, and from the Bar Kochba rebellion to the completion of the Talmud. Children will grasp the historical continuity essential to the development of a confident Jewish identity. Includes a handy, at-a-glance historical timeline. Illustrated with photographs and artwork.

Description from Publisher

Journey through Jewish History :
The Age of Faith and the Age of Freedom
(Volume 2)

By Seymour Rossel
The journey of the Jewish people from the beginning of the Diaspora to the present day, presented in simple story form. This volume picks up where Introduction to Jewish History leaves off, rounding out a comprehensive two-year course in Jewish history. Contents include: Jewish Life in Middle Ages, Ashkenazic Jewry, Sephardic Jewry, The Enlightenment, The Emancipation, The Birth of Zionism, The Jewish World Today, and much more. The continuity of Jewish values and the survival of the Jewish people are brought to life in this vivid, richly illustrated book.

Description from Publisher

General Jewish History & Nonfiction | Biblical Era | European History (Excluding the Holocaust) | Immigration & The American Experience | Holocaust | Israel







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