Since 2006, the U.S. has recognized May as Jewish American Heritage Month in celebration of the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped shape American culture, society, and history.
In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, we put together the following list of books and websites that anyone, including students and teachers, can reference, study, read, and enjoy all year long.
If you have further book and/or website suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!
Also, don’t forget to check out our list in honor of the DOE’s other cultural celebration in May, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!
- The Art Lesson: A Shavout Story by Allison Marks
- The Cholent Brigade by Michael Herman, illustrated by Sharon Harmer
- Drop by Drop: A Story of Rabbi Akiva by Jacqueline Jules
- I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy
- Jars of Hope: How One Woman Helped Save 2,500 Children During the Holocaust by Jennifer Roy
- The Knish War on Rivington Street by Joanne Oppenheim, illustrated by Jon Davis
- The Language of Angels: A Story about the Reinvention of Hebrew by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Karla Gudeon
- Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale by Gloria Koster
- Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg, illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Stacy Innerst
- Sammy Spider’s Hanukkah Colors by Sylvia Rouss, illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn
- Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam by Fawzia Gilani-Williams
- Adam & Thomas by Aharon Applefeld, art by Phillipe Dumas
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
- The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix
- From Foe to Friend & Other Stories: A Graphic Novel by Shay Charka
- Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
- The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, art by Hatem Aly
- Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
- Kaputnik’s Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium by Rona Arato
- Seeking Refuge by Irene N. Watts, art by Kathryn E. Shoemaker
- This is Just a Test by Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Madelyn Rosenberg
High School Grades
- The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom and Wit in the Wild West by Steve Sheinkin
- Claiming My Place: Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust by Planaria Price and Helen Reichmann West
- Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
- Kissing in America by Margo Robb
- The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
- The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
- Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
- On Blackberry Hill by Rachel Mann
- Playing With Matches by Suri Rosen
- Refugee by Helen Weiss Pincus
- Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
- The Library of Congress’ Jewish American Heritage Month page
- The U.S. Library of Congress’ official website for Jewish American Heritage Month contains various primary sources and accompanying lessons regarding Jewish American heritage, courtesy of the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
- Mission U.S. “City of Immigrants
- This page hosts an interactive game that introduces students to New York City through the eyes of immigrants. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities , this particular episode focuses on a family of Jewish immigrants that made the voyage from Russia to New York in the early twentieth century.
- The Jewish Museum
- Use the Jewish Museum’s website to plan a trip to explore the first institution of its kind in the U.S. The museum, which is located in Manhattan (on Museum Mile), contains nearly 30,000 works of art, objects, and media that are reflective of the global Jewish experience of the past four millennia.
- The Jewish Book Council
- Use this site to learn about the some of the best Jewish fiction, non-fiction, and scholarship available for young readers and adults alike. There are also great resources available for students and teachers.
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Online Exhibits
- The USHMM has a large collection of online exhibits that teachers and students can explore while studying related topics. Online materials include videos, pictures, interviews, etc.