OR ADAM LIBRARY - Book Titles and Descriptions

Our books may be borrowed by members only for up to 2 weeks at a time. To borrow a book, please contact Jeffrey: schesnol@pobox.com.

Here is a partial list of our holdings:

Arnold, Abraham J. (1995). Judaism: Myth, Legend, History and Custom, from the Religious to the Secular. Raised in the Orthodox tradition, the author explains how he sees his own Jewishness in terms of being a secular Jews. The book is an effort to validate the Hunanistic way of fitting in, self-understanding, and peace. He seeks to “illuminate the development of secularist views and tendencies in Jewish life going back to the time of the Hasmonean Maccabees,” and explore how “jews may be creatively Jewishy without necessarily being religious in the traditional sense.”


Condon, R.J. (1989). Our Pagan Christmas. The author examines the historical facts to justify not believing in the Christian myths of Christmas and helps readers prepare rejoinders to Christian taunts and exclusion from celebrations.


Costello, Elena Romero and Uriel Macias Kapon. (1994). The Jews of Europe: 2,000 Years of History. An overview of Jewish history, rites, traditionsm art, and literature. Cousens, Bonnie, Ed. (1999). Beyond Tradition: the Struggle for a New Jewish Identity. Selections from the Proceedings of Colloquium ’99. A collection of essays from the colloquium.


De Bona, Maurice, Jr. (2006). Atheism: genetics to Geology. A summary of atheistic thought related to scientific knowledge.


De Lange, Nicholas, Ed. (1997). The Illustrated History of the Jewish People. A chronicle of the Jews’ development from their emergence as a distinct people in the Middle East. The book includes essays about this development of a people.


Epstein, Edward Jay. (1996). Dossier: The Secret History of Armand Hammer. An investigation into the life of Armand Hammer and Russian spying.


Fremont, Helen. (1999). After Long Silence. The author, raised Roman Catholic, discovers in adulthood that her parents were Jewish Holocaust survivors. She examines the history of her extended family’s history and how they had retained but kept hidden their Jewishness.


Friedman, Thomas. (1990). From Beirut to Jerusalem. An analysis of the Palestinian intifada. Friedman offers insights about the “mess” in Lebanon, relations between American and Israeli Jews, and “many other clichéd Middle East issues.”


Goldhagen, Daniel Jonah. (1997). Hitler’s Willing Exdecutioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust. The author seeks to lay to rest myths about the Holocaust with evidence of complicity of Germans in the destruction of Eastern European Jewry.


Hoffman, Charles E. (2002). Red Shtetl: The Survival of a Jewish town under Soviet Communism. The story of how the Jewish community in a small Ukrainian town survived throughout the 20th Century.


Kaufman, Jonathan. (1997). A Hole in the Heart of the World. A multigenerational saga that tells the stories of five families whose survival reveals much about the fragile cultre of Jewish life in Eastern Europe.


Kremetz, Jill. (1998). The Jewish Writer. A collection of photos and short biographies of contemporary Jewish writers.Lamont, Corliss. (1949, 1982). The Philosophy of Humanism. The author examines why Humanism has become a “favorite target” of the New Right. He challenges the Moral Majority’s claim that Humanism is “destroying our culture, families, country and the entire world.”


Lang, Berel, Ed. (1988). Writing and the Holocaust. A collection of essays on the Holocaust by Appelfeld, Des Pres, Epstein, Hilberg, Ozick, Howe, and others.


Lee, Alfred McClung. (1973). Toward Humanist Sociology. A comprehensive introduction to the issues and problems of our society and the ways sociologists are trying to define them and help people cope with them. It takes an activist view and offers perspectives on the relevance of sociology to contemporary social struggles.


Malkin, Yaakov, Ed. (n.d.). Free Judaism & Religion in Israel. Essays reprinted from the journal, Free Judaism, covering religion and democracy, new perspectives on Judaism,


Margolis, Max and Alexander Marx. (1927). History of the Jewish People. A historiography of the Jewish people from its beginning to the period just prior to WW II.


Miller, Judith. (1990).One by One by One:Facihg the Holocaust. The landmark exploration of the Holocaust and the uses of memory.


Moore, Deborah Dash. (1994). To the Golden Cities: Pursuing the American Jewish Dream in Miami and L.A. An examination of “the boundaries of Jewish life,” how Miami and L.A. Jews have defined their communities, and what it means to be Jewish in America.


Myerhoff, Barbara. (1978). Number Our Days. An anthropological study of continuity and culture among Jewish old people who attend a senior in”an urban ghetto” of Venice Beach, California (Los Angeles area).


Peltz, Rakhmiel. (1993). Mame-Losh: A History of Yiddish Culture. A survey of the thousand years of Yiddish language culture and society.


Rubenstein, Murray and Richard Goldman. (1978). Shield of David: An Illustrated History of the Israeli Air Force. A history of the Israeli air force from 1947 on.


Schechter, Solomon. (1958). Studies in Judaism. Essays on persons, concepts,and movementsof thought in Jewish tradition.


Silver, Abba Hillel. (1957). Where Judaism Differed: An Inquiry into the Distinctiveness of Judaism. An examination of the founding of Judaism, its challenge and difference from other faiths.


Smoker, Barbara. (1983). Humanism. An examination of what Humanism has meant historically through today.


Spiegelberg, Frederic. (1956). Living Religions of the World. A presentation of the world’s great religions as vital living experiences.


Stein, Rabbi David, Ed. (1991). A Garden of Choice Fruit. 200 referenced classic Jewish quotes on human beings and the environment.