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5.12.17: Four Books to Read for Jewish American Heritage Month

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By Marisa Rafsky

My personal connection with the National Museum of American Jewish History began in 2011, long before I became a part-time employee. I was involved in a Jewish teen leadership program, which included a visit to the Museum.

During my first visit, I stepped foot in the Museum Store. As a book aficionado, I was blown away by their extensive collection of literature, which often draws attention to themes in the Museum’s exhibitions. NMAJH’s Museum Store has become my go-to place whenever I want to purchase a book with Jewish themes. In my opinion, the Museum Store is one of the best places in Philadelphia to look for books dedicated to Judaism, Jewish history, and Jewish culture.

I’ve compiled a list of four book recommendations for my fellow book lovers:

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1) Golda by Elinor Burkett: If you’ve ever been curious to learn more about Israel’s first female Prime Minister, this book will give you a deep insight into her private and public life.

2) Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American edited by Josh Perelman: If you are a Jewish sports fan, this book is for you! This book is a complement to the Museum’s past exhibition of the same title. It contains vintage illustrations, personal letters, and an exploration of what it means to be Jewish in America.

3) Denial: Holocaust History on Trial by Deborah E. Lipstadt: If you have an interest in the law and Holocaust-era crimes, this book is a timely read. This book chronicles Lipstadt’s legal battle with a British Holocaust denier, which culminated in a historic victory for Lipstadt and preservers of Holocaust memory.

4) How to Raise a Jewish Dog by the Rabbis of Boca Raton Theological Seminary: This book is perfect for dog owners determined to turn their pet into a model Jewish kelev (dog). This humorous read will unlock the secrets to understanding your canine pal in a Jewish context.

Since May is Jewish American Heritage Month, consider celebrating by stopping by the Museum or browsing judaicashop.net to check out the Museum Store’s literary collection!

Contributed by Marisa Rafsky, Former Marketing and Communications Intern at NMAJH