May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHN). In celebration of this month-long national event, the library is featuring Jewish Studies Source as the resource of the month.
What is it? This full-text database aggregates print resources from hundreds of publications in subjects such as history, philosophy, religious studies, women’s studies, political science, archaeology, anthropology, and even medical sciences.
Who is it for? Anyone who wants to learn more about Jewish American history and Jewish civilization in general. The first Jewish community in the Americas (1630) was established in Recife, Brazil, which was then under the rule of the Netherlands. Once Portugal recaptured Brazil from the Netherlands in 1654, Jews and Protestants were expelled and on the go again. The 23 Jews who escaped Brazil by sailing into New Amsterdam established the first Jewish community in North America (see full historical timeline on the JAHM site).
What will I find there? Articles from a variety of publications—from peer-reviewed journals to newspapers, magazines, or newsletters of local communities and national organizations.
When should I use it? When researching any topic that involves Jewish civilization in the broader sense, from biblical times to current events.