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Lyrical Eroticism in Judeo-Spanish Songs


Silvia Hamui Sutton

Lyrical Eroticism in Judeo-Spanish Songs reflects the poetry and sensual spirit that we recognize from “The Song of Songs”. These Sephardic ballads are a mirror of an ethos and underlying literary essence of their place and time.





Loving Prayer: Guide to Everyday Jewish Prayer



Tamar Frankiel



Loving Prayer is a guide written in love – love of prayer and of God and of life in all its manifestations, intimating the emotional and spiritual pathways that thread through the arcs of Jewish prayer practice. A splendid guide! A splendid guide! — Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, Ph.D. Author of Moses: A Human Life (Yale University Press).




Sephardic Women's Voices:

Out of North Africa

Nina B. Lichtenstein


Sephardic Women's Voices explores the experience of Jewish women in the North African countries of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and how they draw from that as writers describing their experiences of moving to France. The book gives the background in North Africa and studies writers from Nina Moati to Gisèle Halimi, Annie Cohen, Annie Fitoussie, Paule Darmon, and Chochana Boukhobza.






Jews, Music and the American West: Portraits of pioneers
Jonathan friedmann


Jews, Music and the American West
gives the portraits of major cantors and other musical leaders in the western half of the United States over the last century from Oklahoma and New Mexico to California.These are people who led congregations, composed music, wrote books and shaped worship styles and esthetics in the Jewish communities of the West.






Doña Gracia: Beacon of hope
Sandra k. toro






Dona Gracia Nasi was a beacon of hope to conversos who wanted to escape Spain and Portugal during the sixteenth century when the Inquisition was threatening those with Jewish background and practices. She was one of the wealthiest women in Europe at the time, and she used her wealth and position to rescue tens of thousands of people of Sephardic descent and relocated them in the Ottoman Empire where Jews were welcome. Historical fiction for young and adult readers.





Abran and Isabella's Hidden Faith
Mario X. Martinez


This is a story of territorial New Mexico, young love, conflict between converso families and a local priest and the ultimate resolution of theconflictsas people reconciled their Catholic past with discovering the Jewish history of their family. Finalist, Best Book in Historical Fiction for Young Adults 2016. Young and adult readers.





Sephardic Jews
History, Religion and People

Ron D. Hart










One of the great human stories, the drama of Jewish life in Spain, the Expulsion and Diaspora, Jewish pirates and the Grand Conspiracy against the Spanish, and empires of banking and trade. Expulsion from Muslim lands but safety in Israel and the Americas. Sephardic Jews continue to give the world outstanding poets, scholars, and leaders. Finalist, Best Book History, 2016







The New World Haggadah

Ilan Stavans with art by Gloria Abella Ballen

The New World Haggadah makes Moses emblematic of today’s complex world. Passover is about realizing that we are at once imprisoned in our moment in time and space and simultaneously free to wander to other times and places through the power of our imagination. The story of Exodus is a human story. It is universal. The dream is that the diversity in this narrative will make all of us feel that it is ours. The act of repeating the Exodus story is liberating and gaining freedom is a continuous process. Winner, Best Book Religion, 2016.



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