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  1. 1. Jewish Studies General Resources and Section-specific Resources
  2. 2. General Resources for the Whole Syllabus Books Cohn-Sherbok, Dan, Judaism, Belief and Practice (UK, US and Canada: Routledge, 2003; E-Library, Taylor & Francis 2005). Excellent resource covering the first four sections of the syllabus in detail. It has a Companion Website, Routledge Companion Website: http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/0415236614/companion/default.asp with recommendations for each of the sections and useful resources to enable further exploration for students. Blech, Benjamin, Complete Idiot’s Guide to Judaism: A Guided Tour Through the Beliefs, Laws and Traditions of Judaism Donin, Hayim, To be a Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life (US: Basic Books, 1991) Forta, Aryeh, Judaism: New Edition (Examining Religions) (Heinemann, 1995) Forta, A., Judaism: A Dictionary (Stanley Thornes, 1996) Forta, A., Examining Religions: Judaism Core Student Book (2nd Edition) (Heinemann, 2001) Gilbert, Martin, Letters to Auntie Fori: The 5,000-year History of the Jewish People and their Faith (London: Phoenix, 2003) (Short Letters on the whole history of Judaism which Gilbert wrote to his aunt when she asked him to explain elements of Jewish history, faith and belief to her. It is succinct, historical, literary, experiential, entertaining, and very accessible) De Lange, Nicholas, An Introduction to Judaism (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000) Mintz, S., AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Judaism Student Book (Nelson Thornes, 2009) Pilkington, C. M., Teach Yourself Judaism (Hodder & Stoughton, 1995) Stein, Isaac, A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice (New York: Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1979) Taylor, I., Foundations in RE: Judaism (core edition) (Nelson Thornes, 2000) Encyclopaedia Judaica edited by Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik (Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007). Excellent resource on all aspects of Judaism
  3. 3. Websites Jewish Virtual Library, a division of the American-Israeli Cooperative – a very useful well researched resource http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/ Judaism 101/Jew: Frequently Asked Questions: Very good site which has gradations of difficulty – basic, intermediate, advanced in terms of the information which it offers on all topics. http://www.jewfaq.org/index.htm My Jewish Learning: Excellent resource and very accessible material http://www.myjewishlearning.com/ Internet Jewish History Sourcebook from Fordham University: Wonderful resource of texts, diaries, official documents, extracts from Jewish literature through the ages. Very useful for giving bite-size pieces to students from primary materials in relation to aspects of Jewish history or Jewish religious practice and observance. http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/jewish/jewishsbook.asp Section 1: The Irish Jewish Communities and the Jewish Home Websites Jewish Ireland: Information on the history, development, beliefs and practices of the Jewish community in Ireland with links to the Jewish communities in Ireland http://www.jewishireland.org/ Website of the Jewish Community, Belfast http://www.jewishbelfast.com/ Website of the Jewish Community, Cork http://www.corkhebrewcongregation.com Website of Liberal Judaism in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland http://www.liberaljudaism.org/communities-rabbis.html Jewish Communities and Records of Jews in Ireland (has not been updated since 2006/2007 but gives some contacts and details of synagogues either extant or non- functioning in Ireland. http://www.jewishgen.org/jcr-uk/ireland/dublin.htm Jewish Links Page which gives information on contemporary events, online magazines, and newspapers of some Jewish communities internationally. This could be a useful resource for the first section of the syllabus. www.jewishlink.net/news papers.html
  4. 4. Ireland’s Other Diaspora: Jewish-Irish Within/Irish-Jewish Without from the European Jewish Magazine Golem The author, Ronit Lentin, is the Head of the Sociology Department and course coordinator of the M Phil in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict in Trinity College, Dublin. She was coordinator of the Global Networks project in the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS), and member of the Trinity Immigration Initiative research programme, where she focused on migrant-led activism. She was born in Haifa, Palestine, and grew up in Israel, moved to Ireland in 1969. http://www.hagalil.com/golem/diaspora/irland-e.htm Stuart Rosenblatt’s work on Jews in Irish history http://www.jewishireland.org/genealogy.html Online Documentary on the Jewish Community in Ireland A one-hour documentary is available online which gives some insights into the Jewish community in Ireland and how they contributed to the development of Ireland and Israel: http://www.shalomireland.com/ Jewish Community, Limerick Different documents about the Jewish community during their time in Limerick, held by the Library at the following address: http://www.limerickcity.ie/Library/LocalStudies/LocalStudiesFiles/J/JewsofLimerick/ Jewish Community, Limerick If you are seeking further information on this topic, look at this website from Limerick City Council: http://www.limerickcity.ie/media/jews%20of%20limerick%2038.pdf A Stroll Through Jewish Dublin Online documentary on Jewish Dublin available at the following web address: http://www.theirishstory.com/2012/02/27/a-stroll-through-jewish- dublin/#.UMRh6Y5hra4 Jewish Community, Limerick Different documents about the Jewish community during their time in Limerick, held by the Library at the following address: http://www.limerickcity.ie/Library/LocalStudies/LocalStudiesFiles/J/JewsofLimerick/ Jewish Community, Belfast BBC Documentary (1983) in four parts about the Jewish community in Belfast: Odd Men In: A Personal Portrait by Harry Towb, and a YouTube tour of the Jewish cemetery in Belfast http://www.youtube.com/user/JewishBelfast Interview with Adrian Levy, member of the Jewish Community in Belfast: <http://www.jewishbelfast.com/index.php?cmd=viewsong&viid=12>
  5. 5. Louis Lentin (Film Producer and Member of Aosdana) Aosdana: http://aosdana.artscouncil.ie/Members/Literature/Lentin.aspx?Cnuas=1 [accessed 23 November 2011] Grandpa… speak to me in Russian, Louis Lentin http://www.imrstr.dcu.ie/currentissue/Vol_3_Issue_1_Louis_Lentin.pdf Lentin’s works as director, producer and writer http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2310417/ Alan Shatter (Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, and member of Fine Gael) Political Profile http://www.oireachtas.ie/members- hist/default.asp?housetype=0&HouseNum=30&MemberID=1028&ConstID=90 Some important issues which the Minister has to deal with on any day http://www.kildarestreet.com/search/?pid=6&s=section%3Awrans&pop=1 David Marcus (Author, broadcaster, life-long supporter of Irish language fiction) David Marcus dies, RTE news http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0509/marcusd.html Obituary from The Guardian newspaper http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jun/12/obituary-david-marcus Information from the Munster Literature Centre http://www.munsterlit.ie/Writer%20pages/Marcus,%20David.html Women and the Jewish Home A reader asked: What are the most significant Jewish rituals for women? Here, Rebbetzin Feige Twersi explores three: baking bread and separating the dough; lighting Shabbat candles; and ritual immersion in a mikvah (ritual bath). http://www.aish.com/f/rf/48931682.html The role of women in Judaism Women’s Mitzvot (commandments), women’s holiday, women in the synagogue, Lillith (character in Talmud and rabbinical folklore) http://www.jewfaq.org/women.htm#Mitzvot Kashrut A section on keeping the laws of Kashrut from the New South Wales Board of Jewish Education in Australia. Simple classifications of foods with links to other websites included
  6. 6. http://www.bje.org.au/learning/judaism/kids/kosher.html Jewish family life and customs This pamphlet has been produced by the Family Law Group of the Board of Deputies to give information to solicitors and others concerning the requirements of practising Jews in the United Kingdom. http://www.bod.org.uk/content/FamilyLifeCustoms.pdf Podcast Stuart Rosenblatt: Keeper of the Faith produced by Clare Cronin and funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's Sound and Vision funding Scheme. First broadcast Saturday 9th October 2010. It is an Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One. This recounts Stuart Rosenblatt’s genealogical research into Jewish communities in Ireland which is contained in 16 volumes, tracing 44,000 people under 95 headings. Fascinating account into the origins of Jewish communities in Ireland and their present challenges. http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/radio-documentary-stuart-rosenblatt-series-jewish- genealogy-ireland.html Books Benson, Asher, Portraits of Life by the Liffey (Dublin: A&A Farmar Ltd., 2007) Eliash, Shulamit, The Harp and the Shield of David: Ireland, Zionism and the State of Israel (Abington and New York: Routledge, 2007) Hyman, Louis, The Jews of Ireland: From Earliest Years until 1910 (Irish University Press, 1972) Keogh, Dermot, Jews in Twentieth Century Ireland: Refugees, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust (Cork: Cork University Press, 1998) Miller, Frederic P. , Vandome, Agnes F., McBrewster, John, History of the Jews in Ireland (Germany: VDM Publishing House, 2010) Ó Gráda, Cormac, Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce: A Socioeconomic History (Oxfordshire and New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2006) Rivlin, Ray, Jewish Ireland: A Social History (Dublin: The History Press Ireland, 2011; updated version of Shalom Ireland published in 2003) Excellent historical resource tracing the arrival of immigrants from Tsarist Russia in the 1880s, their early years in Ireland; the educational, social, political, cultural, artistic, sporting and professional contributions of Jews to Irish life, right up to the present day. Taylor, Marilyn, 17 Martin Street (Dublin: O’Brien Press, 2011)
  7. 7. Novel about a Jewish family in Dublin at the time of the Emergency. There are accompanying teaching Guides and opportunities for engagement are on the O’Brien Press website at http://www.obrien.ie/author.cfm?authorid=58 Taylor, Marilyn, Faraway Home (Dublin: O’Brien Press, 1999) Fact-based novel based on the lives of two Jewish children sent on a kindertransport from Austria to Millisle refugee Farm on the Ards Peninsula in Co. Down) DVD Katrina Goldstone and Louis Lentin, No more Blooms: Ireland's attitude to the Jewish refugee problem 1933-46, a Crescendo Concepts documentary for RTE, broadcast 10 December 1997. Section 2: Beliefs and Moral Teachings Books Cato, V., Judaism in Today’s World (Hodder Murray, 2001) See Cohn-Sherbok for extensive treatment of the beliefs and moral teachings of Judaism Geldart, A., Judaism: Foundation Edition (Examining Religions) (Heinemann, 2000) Hands, K. & Smith, P., AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Judaism: Ethics Student Book (Nelson Thornes, 2009) Kitov, Eliyahu, The Book of our Heritage: The Jewish Year and its Days of Significance (Jerusalem and New York: Feldheim Publishers, 1978) Küng, Hans & Homolka, Walter, How to do Good and Avoid Evil: A Global Ethic from the Teachings of Judaism (Vermont: SkyLight Paths, 2009) Taylor, I., Judaism with Jewish Moral Issues (GCSE RE for you) (Nelson Thornes, 2001) Websites Tikkun Olam (Repairing, mending , transforming the world): On the subject of Tikkun Olam, there are a number of articles and projects which are in the online magazing Tikkun which is at the following address: http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/
  8. 8. Section 3: Sacredness of the Jewish Faith Websites Sanctification of Time Good articles which emphasizes the importance of the sanctification of time over place in Judaism and therefore the importance of the calendar year in that regard. http://www.explorefaith.org/neighbors/key/places_j.html http://www.chabad.org/holidays/passover/pesach_cdo/aid/1817/jewish/Sanctifying- Time.htm News report outlining briefly some elements of Rosh Hashanah; speaks of the preparation, the special foods in honour of the days, the days of Awe and soul- searching, the significance of the Kingship of God, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tlr-QfT938Q [accessed 12 September 2011] A continuous loop of photographs of Aron’s Bar Mitzvah ceremony with musical accompaniment and no texts or words. It would require some preliminary explanations about the signficance of the rituals and symbols within the ceremony before using it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqpyZQSgVnY&feature=related Books Gent, F., Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Living Festivals) (RMEP, 1990) Mayled, J., Jewish Festivals: teachers’ book (Living Festivals) (RMEP, 1994) Michelson, J; Taylor, I., Religions and Beliefs: Judaism (Nelson Thomas, 2006) Penney, S., Judaism (new colour edition) (Discovering Religions) (Heinemann, 1995) Section 4: Holy Places Websites The Temple Information on the Temple history and structure, priestly roles and functions, information on the areas of the Temple http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/The_Temple.html
  9. 9. The history of the Temple, structure and layout, artefacts, archaeological context, priestly functions, from a Biblical-historical perspective http://www.bible-history.com/jewishtemple/JEWISH_TEMPLEIntroduction.htm The Temple Institute website is an ongoing project of the International Department of the Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel. It gives a lot of information on the Temple including photographs, interviews, http://www.templeinstitute.org/main.htm Synagogues: This website is very accessible and gives good information on different shuls, synagogues, across the world. Information on structures and videos of synagogues from different parts of the world are on this website. http://www.synagogues.com/ Religious Education Online website: If you want to do a comparative study of places of worship of different traditions, this website shows you the sacred places of Buddhism, Christianity, Sikhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism. It includes assessment, classroom activities, videos, preparation for visits to any of these places http://pow.reonline.org.uk/judaism.htm Context of other sacred places affiliated to other religious traditions in Ireland: Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland: http://islamireland.ie/ Christian Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/ Church of Ireland/Anglican Church, Ireland: http://www.ireland.anglican.org/ Irish Sikh Council of Ireland and information on Sikh community in Ireland: http://www.irishsikhcouncil.com/ Dublin Buddhist Centre http://www.dublinbuddhistcentre.org/ Hindu Cultural Centre, Ireland http://www.hindu.ie/
  10. 10. Section 5: The Holocaust Key Resource in the Irish Context for Holocaust Education Holocaust Education Trust Ireland A range of educational resources for primary and secondary teachers and students Teacher education programmes Support and outreach programmes for schools Annual Holocaust Lectures Commemorative booklets for the Annual Holocaust Memorial Day Podcast of conference papers on antisemitism and Holocaust denial from November 2010 http://www.hetireland.org/ Books Bartov, Omer ed., The Holocaust: Origins, Implementation, Aftermath (London and New York: Routledge, 2000) Browning, Christopher, The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy September 1939-1942 (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 2004) Dawidowicz, Lucy, The Holocaust and the Historians (Cambridge, Massachusetts, London: Harvard University Press, 1981) Evans, Richard, The Third Reich at War (US: Penguin, 2009) Gilbert, Martin, The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy (London: Harper Collins Publishers, 1987) Hilberg, Raul, The Destruction of the European Jews, 3 vols (New York, London: Holmes and Meier, 1961-1985), i (1985) Lipstadt, Deborah, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory (USA: Penguin Books, 1994) Levi, Primo, Moments of Reprieve, trans. by Ruth Feldman (London: Penguin Books, 2001) Rees, Laurence, Auschwitz: The Nazis and the ‘Final Solution (London: BBC Books, 2005) Wiesel, Elie, Night, trans. by Stella Rodway (London: Penguin Books, 1981) True stories/Testimonies/Diaries The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank Fateless – Imre Kertez If this is a Man – Primo Levi
  11. 11. The Diary of Petr Ginz – Edited by Chava Pressburger I Was a Boy in Belsen – Tomi Reichental Final Witness, My Journey from the Holocaust to Ireland – Zoltan Zinn-Collis Fiction: Faraway Home and 17 Martin Street – Marilyn Taylor The Book Thief – Markus Suzak Websites Holocaust Education Trust Ireland: Resources on the Holocaust and its connection with Ireland, lectures, podcasts, projects for primary and secondary students, speakers for schools, detailed information on forthcoming activities supporting teachers in teaching the subject of the Holocaust http://www.hetireland.org/ HETI Holocaust Memorial Day booklets: http://www.hetireland.org/index.php?page=memorial_publications Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority: Excellent resource with specialist pages for education. There are lots of possibilities here for exploration for teachers and students in terms of online documentation, extracts from diaries, photographs, music, historical chronologies, video testimonies. Problem is that there is such a vast amount of information. One would need to spend some time on the site to see what might most suitable. http://www.yadvashem.org United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Excellent resource with plenty of online materials to be explored on any aspects of the Holocaust http://www.ushmm.org/ Resources for Teachers Very sound pedagogy underscoring the activities outlined on this website http://www.ushmm.org/education/foreducators/ Resources for Students Gives lots of possibilities of exploring aspects of the Holocaust with varied methodologies which are very engaging for students http://www.ushmm.org/education/forstudents/ The Holocaust Explained: Comprehensive Homework and online education tool on the Holocaust from the London Jewish Cultural Centre: http://www.theholocaustexplained.org/ Facing History and Ourselves http://www://www.facinghistory.org/sites.facinghistory.org/files,journey/html
  12. 12. Taskforce for International cooperation for Holocaust Education Remembrance and Research http://www.holocausttaskforce.org/education.html Shoah Foundation (Anti-defamation League): http://college.usc.edu/vhi The Crusades: http://gbgm-umc.org/umw/bible/crusades.stm The Inquisition: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/Inquisition.html Films Schindler’s List (complicity/Righteous/Nazi regime) Life is Beautiful (concentration camp) The Pianist (survival under the Nazis) In Darkness (Righteous) Defiance (Resistance) Section 6: Sacred Writings and Commentaries Books ArtScroll Tanakh Series (New York: Mesorah Publications, 1976) Carmell, Aryeh, Judaism: Its Program, Meanings, Goals (Jerusalem: Jerusalem Academy Publications, 1991) Charing, D., The Torah: Discovering Sacred Texts (Heinemann, 1993) Cohn Sherbok’s book, Chapters 2 and 3, have good sections on the Bible, Monotheism and Law Chasidah, Yishei, Ishei Ha Tanakh, Encyclopedia of Biblical Personalities, Anthologised from the Talmud, Midrash, and Rabbinic Writings (Mesorah Publications, 1964) Draycott, P., (ed), Judaism 11-16 (Teaching RE: Religious Traditions) (CEM, 1996) Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (Mesorah Publications, 2010)
  13. 13. Neusner, Jacob, Invitation to the Talmud (US and UK: Harper Collins Publishers, 2003) Pearl, Chaim, Rashi (London: Halban, 1988) Pilkington, C. M. Judaism: an approach for GCSE (Hodder and Stoughton, 1991) Sherevshesky, Esra, Rashi, the Man and his World (NJ: Aronson, 1996) Ziotnick, Dov, The Iron Pillar, Mishnah: Redaction, Form and Intent (New Jersey: Ktav Publishers, 1988) Website Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Documents from The Avalon Project, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School (Outlines of different types of laws which could be suitable for contrast or comparison with Jewish laws) http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/medmenu.asp