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We received some enormous book gifts from Jill Buck and from the JCC (via Rabbi Sara). We are so thankful!! Although they are taking a long time to process, keep looking at the display shelves as they become available for check out. Then, please remember to include your phone number and the date on the check out card in case someone else wants to read them. Below is a list of some of the new books that were either gifts or were purchased. The first book listed is a gift from Dorothy Resnick. She and her family are featured in one of the chapters and periodically throughout the book.

Adult Reading

Doorway to Freedom - Ramsey

David Kaufmann was born in Germany in 1875. He was educated and then began his professional life in merchandising and retail in Berlin, and other cities near Bonn and Cologne. At the age of 28, in 1903, he left Germany for America. He started working at A & S Department Store in Brooklyn, NY, but Mr. S.N.Wolbach, a Grand Island, Nebraska, merchant was so impressed by him that he encouraged him to come to Nebraska. And that was the beginning. One of the chapters in this book features our own Dorothy Kahn Resnick’s family who also benefited from this man’s generosity that saved so many lives.


Maus – by Spiegelman

Maus is a haunting tale within a tale. Vladek’s harrowing story of survival is woven into the author’s account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. Against the backdrop of guilt brought by survival, they stage a normal life of small arguments and unhappy visits. This astonishing retelling of our century’s grisliest news is a story of survival, not only of Vladek but of the children who survive even the survivors.

Finding Each Other in Judaism - Schulweis

Drawing from both traditional and contemporary Jewish sources, this book explores Jewish life-cycle passages such as birth, bar/bat mitzvah, conversion, marriage, illness, and the end of life. Using profound insights, meditations and poetry on the events and rites that frame Jewish life, Rabbi Schulweis provides insight and a greater sense of the meaning behind these rites of passage.

Let Me Go  - Schneider

When Schneider was four, her mother abandoned her children for a career in the SS. In the ensuing 57 years, Schneider saw her only once. Prompted by a letter from her mother's friend and emboldened by the presence of a cousin, she went again to visit the woman in a senior citizen's home in Vienna in 1998. In this searing memoir, she describes the visit and her struggles with a kind of instinctive mother-love, her feelings of abandonment, and a distaste at the thought of any connection to this morally repugnant person. Interspersed with the narrative of the visit are quotations from official records, Schneider's own recollections of a childhood in wartime Berlin, and scraps of horrific detail she remembers having heard about the experiences of concentration camp inmates such as those her mother guarded.


A Contract With God - Eisner

Famed innovator Eisner showed the creators of modern comics what a potentially rich medium they were working with. In particular, he used the term "graphic novel" to sell A Contract with God (1978), a collection of interrelated comics stories about residents in a Jewish tenement section of New York.  He paints an historical panorama of the whole neighborhood. Printed together for the first time in this volume, the works reinforce each other beautifully. Over the span of these three books, emotions jostle and balance each other; sometimes the stories seem upbeat, sometimes fatalistic.

Young Adult Reading

Incantation - Hoffner (Grade 7 – up)

Hoffman weaves a tale of a close friendship between two teens, Estrella and Catalina. Both envision that their lives will be intertwined forever. However, there is a secret about Estrella and her family that unfolds in spurts. The deMadrigals are Jews who follow their religion in secret, appearing to the world as good Catholics in order to escape persecution. Hoffman, a master storyteller, has captured this harsh time and the fragile lives of the hidden Jews. On one level this is the story of a friendship and the deadly interference of jealousy. It is also a story of the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit.


David and Fatima

Jerusalem: A city of contrasts and conflicts, where Arabs, Jews, Christians and Muslims all mix but seldom mingle. This is where David, a young Israeli Jew, and Fatima, a beautiful Palestinian Muslim girl, meet and fall in love. But in a volatile land that is steeped in tradition and soaked in blood, their love is forbidden.

Despite their best efforts to keep their romance a secret, their friends and families find out the truth, and their reactions are swift and violent. David and Fatima must act quickly to avoid losing each other forever.
Willing to risk all for the sake of love, they elope in a land where marriage between them is impossible and the consequences of being together – deadly.
In this dramatic story of love, destiny, and the search for peace in the Holy Land, David and Fatima struggle to beat the odds and in doing so challenge not only their families but Fate itself
Holocaust Survivor’s Cookbook
Two years ago Joanne Caras of Port St Lucie, Florida, visited her son and daughter-in-law in Jerusalem. Among the sites  visited was Carmei Ha’ir, the Soup Kitchen, where they both volunteer. Carmei Ha’ir serves more than 500 meals each day to poor and hungry Israelis.
So impressed was Joanne with the Soup Kitchen that she came home determined to raise money to support them.
For more than two years Joanne and her entire family worked tirelessly to collect recipes and stories from Holocaust Survivors.  They are all compiled into  this unforgettable cookbook.

“We asked Holocaust Survivors to send us their favorite recipe, photos, and also the story of how they were able to survive the Holocaust”, Joanne said.  “We collected 129 stories from all over the world, including Europe, South America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, and many US states.  Each one is a miracle!