Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California

A Bibliography of Colonial Jews
for Adults


by Ellen G. Cole, AJLSC,
Librarian, Levine Library, Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles

Meyers, Maan The Dutchman Doubleday, 1992
Meyers, Maan The Dutchman's Dilemma Bantam Doubleday, 1995
Meyers, Maan The Kingsbridge Plot Doubleday, 1993
Meyers, Maan The High Constable Doubleday, 1994

         (See appropriate chapters, pages, charts, and pictures)
Angel, Marc Remnant of Israel...America's First Jewish Congregation Riverside, 2004
Barquist, David Myer Myers:  Jewish Silversmith in Colonial New York Yale, 2001
Dalin, D. & Kolatch, A. The Presidents of the United States & the Jews Jonathan David, 2000
de Sola Pool, David Portraits Etched in Stone: Early Jewish Settlers 1682-1831 Columbia Univ., 1962
Diner, H. & Benderly, B. Her Works Praise Her: A History of Jewish Women in America from Colonial Times to the Present Basic Books, 2002
Faber, Eli A Time for Planting: The First Migration 1654-1820 Johns Hopkins, 1992
Feldstein, Stanley The Land that I Show You:  Three Centuries of Jewish Life in America Doubleday, 1978
Fishman, Priscilla, ed. The Jews of the United States Quadrangle, 1973
Fredman, J. & Falk, L. Jews in American Wars Jewish War Veterans, 1954
Glazer, Nathan American Judaism Univ. of Chicago, 1972
Godfrey, Sheldon Search Out the Land: The Jews and the Growthof Equality in British Colonial America 1740-1867 McGill, 1995
Grinstein, Hyman The Rise of the Jewish Community of New York 1654-1860 Jewish Publication Society, 1945
Karp, Abraham The Jewish Experience in America: Vol. I - Colonial Period KTAV, 1969
Klausner, Abraham The Bicentennial Passover Haggadah Emanuel Press, 1976
Kurtz, Seymour Jewish America McGraw-Hill, 1985
Leepson, Marc Saving Monticello:  The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House that Jefferson Built. Free Press, 2001
Malamed, Sandra The Jews in Early America: A Chronicle of Good Taste and Good Deeds Fifthian Press, 2003
Marcus, Jacob Rader The American Jewish Woman 1654-1980 KTAV, 1981
Marcus, Jacob Rader American Jewry Documents:  Eighteenth Century Hebrew Union College, 1959
Marcus, Jacob Rader United States Jewry 1776-1985 Wayne State, 1989
Nadell, P. & Sarna, J. Women and American Judaism:  Historical Perspectives Brandeis, 2001
Rezneck, Samuel Unrecognized Patriots: The Jews in the American Revolution Greenwood Publ., 1975
Rosenberg, Roy Everything You Need to Know About America's Jews and Their History Plume, 1997
Sachar, Howard A History of the Jews in America Knopf, 1992
Sarna, Jonathan American Judaism:  A New History Yale, 2004
Schappes, Morris, ed. Documentary History of the Jews in the United States: 1654-1875 Schocken, 1971
Shapiro, Michael The Jewish 100:  A Ranking of the Most Influential Jews of All Time Carol, 1995
Wiernik, Peter History of the Jews in America, from the Period of the Discovery of the New World to the Present Time Sepher-Hermon, 1972
Wolf, Edwin History of the Jews in Philadelphia:  From Colonial Times to the Age of Jackson Jewish Publication Society, 1957
Wolf, Simon The American Jew as a Patriot, Soldier and Citizen Levytype, 1895

Assis, Yom And I Shall Dwell Among Them:  Historic Synagogues...New World Aperture, 1992
Brilliant, Richard Facing the New World:  Jewish Portraits in Colonial and Federal America NY, Jewish Museum, 1997
Kleeblatt, N. & Werkin, G. The Jewish Heritage in American Folk Art Universe Books, 1984
London, Hannah Portraits of Jews:  By Gilbert Stuart and Other Early American Artists Wm. Rudge, 1927
Schappes, Morris The Jews in the United States:  A Pictorial History 1654- ... Citadel, 1958
Schoener, Allon, ed. Jewish Life in America:  Fulfilling the American Dream ADL, 1983

Levin, Neil, compiler Songs of the American Jewish Experience Chicago Board of Education, 1976
Milken Archive CD Jewish Voices in the New World Recorded:  London, 2001

Ben-Jacob, Michael.  "Nathan Simson: A Biographical Sketch of a Colonial Jewish Merchant" in The American Jewish Archives Journal, Vol. LI, Nos. 1 & 2, 1999.  pp. 11-37.
Foner, Jack D.  "Jews and the American Military from the Colonial Era to the Eve of the Civil War" in The American Jewish Archives Journal, Vol. LII, Nos. 1 & 2, 2000.  pp. 54-111.

Benedict Arnold:  A Question of Honor, by A&E Channel, week of January 12, 2003.  This video features Arnold's Jewish aide: David Salisbury Franks.
      Comments:  Dramatic license with costuming showing Franks wearing a Jewish star on a neck chan outside of his uniform (historically inaccurate).  Questionable bias to Arnold's actions.

         (See Webography about Colonial Jews for museums with websites.)
George Washington's Letter to the Touro Congregation via Touro's Gift Shop
1982 (20 cent) Touro Synagogue Commemorative U.S. Stamp via Touro's Gift Shop.
"History of the Touro Synagogue" by Theodore Lewis in the Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society, Vol. 48, Pt. 3, No. 159, Summer 1975.
The Mikveh Israel Cemetery  by Shirley Milgrim, edited by H. & L. Gilbert (my parents), 1980.
Skirball Cultural Center Gift Shop -- Book Mark and Note (Peachy Levy Torah Mantle)

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