Jewish American Heritage

In celebration of Jewish Heritage Month, Alexandria Library has compiled the following resources.



Living a Jewish life : Jewish 

traditions, customs, and values for today's families        Born to kvetsh : Yiddish language 

and culture in all its moods           The new Joys of Yiddish          
The people and the books : 18 classics of Jewish literature          The healthy Jewish kitchen : fresh, 

contemporary recipes for every occasion       


King Solomon's table : a culinary 

exploration of Jewish cooking from around the world         The family treasury of Jewish 

holidays          Heritage : civilization and the Jews          The story of the Jews : finding the 

words, 1000 BC-1492 AD           The story of the Jews. Volume two, 

Belonging 1492-1900


Catalog Topics

Judaism Yiddish Wit and Humor
Jews--History Yiddish Language--History   
Jewish Cooking


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Family Search
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Patrons may freely access FamilySearch resources and services online at, or through over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah

Heritage Quest
Over 25.000 family and local histories, providing a collection of research materials for tracing family history.

Mango Language
Learn Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew or Yiddish through Mango's language

Diversity Studies Collection
Explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in our global community.

Freegal Music
A free downloadable music service from Alexandria Library. With your library card number you have access to about 9 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. Once you download the songs, they're yours to keep. (Look here for klezmer, the classic Ashkenazi Jewish music that has enjoyed a revival in America in recent decades.)


Free, easy-to-use genealogy website features tens of millions of records, research tools, and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research and find family members.

Judaism 101
An encyclopedia of information about Judaism, Jewish practices, holidays, people and beliefs.

My Jewish Learning
Thousands of articles, videos and other resources navigate all aspects of Judaism and Jewish life — from food to history to beliefs and practices.

Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life
A history of Alexandria's Jewish community

Jewish Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society. 


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