Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California

Jewish Life in America -- 1654 - 2004

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September 2004 through July 2005 marked the 350th Anniversary of Jewish Life in America. The U. S. Congress proclaimed September 2004 as the start of American Jewish History Month. For the year of celebration, many new books and bibliographies were published and many websites were created.

"Celebrate 350" was the umbrella group that guided the 350th anniversary information and year-long programs and tracked the schedules throughout the country on its website. The current website "350 Years of American Jewish History" < > commemorates that event, and includes resources: Time lines, exhibits, historiography, and lesson plans.

Here are the lists and links that we featured on our AJLSC website at that time:

Online Resources for Teachers/ Librarians, Parents, and Children
by AJLSC and AJL

• A Webography about Colonial Jews by Ellen G. Cole.

• For Children Grades 2 - 12: A Bibliography of Colonial Jews to Jump Start Your Ideas by Ellen G. Cole.

• A Bibliography of Colonial Jews, for Adults by Ellen G. Cole.

Jewish Roots in the Western United States. Check website of AJLSC member and local author/lecturer Harriet Rochlin. See Rochlin Collections; Archives & Museums; Links to other Western resources; Author's Corner of archived articles including those about early Boyle Heights, the Earps, Isaac Bashevis Singer in Los Angeles, brides in Arizona; and many photos of Jews in the West.

AND check the Association of Jewish Libraries website:
AJL ValuesFinder Database -- For each title listed, the database contains bibliographic information, an annotation, subjects, grade level, and values.