Books

  • Distant Replay! Washington's Jewish Sports Heroes
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    Who beat the world featherweight champion in 1933? Who won gold in the 1936 Olympics? Who was the No. 10 ranked tennis player in 1940? Who was the MVP of the 1959 World Series? Who brought the Sonics to Seattle? Who brought the Seahawks to Seattle and saved the Mariners? Who caught the first touchdown pass in the Kingdome? Who saved the Seattle Storm? Who won two NCAA championships, two professional national titiles and three Olympic gold medals? And what do all of these individuals have in common? The answers to these questions and many others can be found in this collection of over 180 fascinating stories of Jewish individuals of Washington who have excelled in the field of sports. Their stories capture their devotion and love of the game along with the spirit of teamwork and achievement that arises from athletic competition. The Washington State Jewish Historical Society is proud of its efforts to research, collect, preserve and make known this rich slice of Northwest history.
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  • Yesterday's Mavens, Today's Foodies: Traditions in Northwest Jewish Kitchens - LIMITED COPIES REMAINING- CONTACT OFFICE TO ORDER
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    The Washington State Jewish Historical Society's cookbook - Yesterday's Mavens, Today's Foodies:Traditions in Northwest Jewish Kitchens. Food is history, culture, connection, community, ritual, nourishment, sustenance, survival, memory. Food tells stories. Cookbooks tell stories. Cookbook includes recipes, stories and photographs. Through the lens of your kitchen, your grandmother's kitchen, your children's kitchen, we will see a slice of our unique history - a history that illuminates our Sephardic and Ashkenazic traditions and combines them with the pioneer spirit of the Pacific Northwest, its bounty of food products, fresh produce and growing foodie culture. Please note that ONLY LIMITED COPIES REMAIN - PLEASE EMAIL INFO@WSJHS.ORG OR CALL OFFICE AT 206-774-2277 in order to check if there are any remaining copies to be sold. DO NOT JUST PLACE ORDER HERE.
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  • Family Of Strangers, Building A Jewish Community In Washington State
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    Hardcover book details how Jews in the Pacific Northwest created and developed a community and whose members played a significant part in the history of Washington State. History comes alive in such appealing photos as the portraits of smiling teen-age girls in their modest swimming dresses, at a Luna Park picnic organized by Jewish groups in 1912, and of hardy young members of the Sephardic Young Mens Hebrew Association hiking in the Cascades around the same time. - Misha Berson Seattle Times.
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  • Jewish Experience in Washington State, 1845-2015: A Chronology
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    This newly released fourth edition sourcebook, arranged chronologically by oldest date for each entry, outlines the significant events, organizations and personalities that have contributed to Jewish communities throughout the state. Revised and updated by our professional archivists and historians, the text is enriched and complemented by some 125 photographs and copies of archival documents. The book has extensive bibliographic entries, an index plus table of contents, and is an excellent resource for students of all ages, scholars and genealogists, or those simply interested in Jewish history.
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  • A Hug From Afar
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    From the young age of 9 on the Aegean island of Rhodes, Clara Barki started writing to her uncle Ralph and aunty Rachel Capeluto in the far-away place known as Seattle, Wash. This smart and determined young woman, who was always at or near the top of her class, used the dying language of Judeo-Spanish, or Ladino, to report news of the relatives Ralph left behind on Rhodes and the happenings of her Sephardic Jewish community. But what started as friendly letters quickly turned to desperate pleas for help as life for the Jews of Rhodes deteriorated under the control of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, who allied with Adolph Hitler. Forgotten and never thought of again, Clara's letters turned up more than 60 years after they were written and after she, Ralph and Rachel had passed away. Preserved and translated from Ladino into English, they paint a vivid and detailed 16-year story of how one family triumphed and survived after they became refugees and rode the roller coaster of successes and failures to legally win permission to immigrate to the United States. This compelling story of perseverance, determination, love and grit is brought to life in A Hug From Afar, a historical narrative nonfiction memoir that journalist Cynthia Flash Hemphill has edited and compiled based on the letters written by her mother Clara Barki (aka Barkey) from 1930 to 1946. "A Hug from Afar reads like a suspense novel–only it’s a true story, and it feels as though it’s your family caught up in a tale of hope and fear, frustration and happiness, family ties that reach across continents and over decades, and an American immigration bureaucracy working to make family reunification as difficult as possible,
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