Jerusalem issue

The Libraries has published a post on our A Matter of Facts news blog that uses content from the Google doc in my previous post. There are additions from our government publications librarian and from one of our communications staff members as well. The post is here:

Understanding Jerusalem issue in light of President’s announcement
‘A Matter of Facts’ from the University of Minnesota Libraries




Jerusalem has been thrust into the headlines once again.  It’s extremely important to understand the history and the people when we read the latest news articles.  To that end I’ve begun a list of resources for University of Minnesota students and researchers. This is by no means comprehensive, but gives a few starting points, places to do further research and learn more.

December 2017



A Campus Divided

A Campus Divided: Progressives, Anti-Communists, Racism, and Anti-Semitism at the University of Minnesota, 1930-1942 
August 14 through November 30, 2017
Elmer L. Andersen Library Atrium Gallery

Campus Divided Blog double

Related Resources

Political battles raged at the University of Minnesota from the 1930s to the early 1940s between students and administrators. The campus was divided over issues, which included racial and economic equality, opposition to war, and student rights. Racism and antisemitism were part of campus life. University administrators, with a few important exceptions, were architects of the racially segregated, publicly-financed housing on campus, and approved off-campus housing where Jews were also not welcome.

Despite the ongoing efforts by administrators to suppress student activism and maintain segregated housing, student activists were remarkably successful at creating change. They succeeded because of alliances forged across political, religious, and racial lines. Coalitions extended beyond the campus and included local African American and Jewish communities as well as the Farmer-Labor party. Together, they began the ongoing struggle for an inclusive University committed to political freedom.

University life offered the opportunity to engage global, national, and state politics, both in the classroom and on the campus, where the most important issues of the day mattered deeply. Students were willing to fight for the ideas and principles that would shape the rest of their lives.

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Wilson Research Collaboration Studio

The new Wilson Library Research Collaboration Studio is now open. Work on group projects using large monitors and a variety of seating options in an open setting.  Read about the studio,  reserving space, and technology *at

More on the technology

Below are a few photos of part of the space.

Entering the studio from the first floor lobby.IMG_7104 East entrance - Wilson front

Just inside the front entrance you can see one of the collaboration tables equipped with a large monitor and connections for laptops.IMG_7106 facing south to front lobby

Looking across the room you can see the reference bookshelves and more collaboration tables.IMG_7105 facing west

The reference books remaining on first floor can circulate for one day. All other books formerly in reference are on 3rd and 4th floors and now have regular loan periods. You can also access many reference resources in Jewish studies online.IMG_7018 ref wall

If you need more enclosed meeting space we have them available too!IMG_7111 facing south back lobby

A few of the titles on our reference shelving. They circulate for one day.IMG_7128 Ref dictionariesIMG_7124 Ref wall historyMany titles from the former reference room are now on third and fourth floor and have regular circulation status.

Jewish American Heritage Month

Our own Upper Midwest Jewish Archives unit has published an entry on
Jewish American Heritage Month

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a time set aside to recognize and celebrate Jewish American achievements and contributions to our country. To celebrate, we’ve included some highlights in this blog post of examples from the Libraries’ Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.”

The post Jewish American Heritage Month appeared first on continuum | University of Minnesota Libraries.

Jewish Cooking!

The University of Minnesota Libraries recently received King Solomon’s Table for Magrath Library:

King Solomon’s table : a culinary exploration of Jewish cooking from around the world /Nathan, Joan.; Herman, Gabriela. / New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017                 Magrath Library General Collection TX724 .N375 2017

READ a review in this blog  entry from Jewish Book Council (JBC) “What is Jewish Food?” 

KSolomoncover             PBcover wb

and while we’re on the subject, JBC has launched a new print annual that we’re processing now for Wilson LibraryPaper Brigade.

Read JBC’s page on Holidays, Customs, and Observances.

Since it is Passover,  I’ve included a list of nine titles about Passover cooking, all held at the wonderful Kirschner Cookbooks collection in Magrath Library Reference on St. Paul campus. These don’t circulate, so if you need to consult them, they’ll be available!

We have additional resources that you can check out.  Here are some useful terms to search in the catalog. You can narrow down the search results by campus library location by using the settings in the left column.


I’ve given current totals for the locations with the most holdings. Keep in mind there may be a copy in multiple locations, and there are several additional locations that will display in search results.  We have many books on these subjects in various locations within our library system.  We have a wide range of titles from Feasting in the archaeology and texts of the Bible and the ancient Near East  all the way to Rabbi Benjamin’s buttons  at Andersen Library Children’s Literature collection!  Have fun exploring!

PASSOVER COOKING as a subject gets 17 results, primarily held in Magrath Library.

COOKBOOKS JEWISH in the subject heading will find over 20 titles in Magrath as well as titles in various other library locations on campus.

COOKING JEWISH retrieves over 130 in Magrath and 20 in Wilson.  Wilson titles will focus on history or cultural studies. There are also 16 in Andersen Library, where our non-circulating archives collections are held.

JEWISH DIETARY LAWS shows 11 in Wilson and seven in Magrath.

JEWISH FOOD in the subject heading shows that Wilson has 71 titles, Magrath 22. There are nine in Andersen.

FASTS AND FEASTS — JUDAISM  brings up a total of 119 books with 58 in Wilson and nine in Magrath.

And if you’re interested in delving deeper, we have two subject pages that recommend research resources in our Libraries and beyond:

Jewish Studies



The complete Passover cookbook
Frances R AvRutick
Middle Village, N.Y. : Jonathan David Publishers 1981
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX724 .A97 1981 )

The Manischewitz Passover cookbook
Deborah Ross; B. Manischewitz Co.
New York : Walker 1969
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX724 .R58 1969 )

Kosher-Passover cooking.
El Paso, Tex. : Chabad-Lubavitch between 1900 and 1999
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX739.2.P37 K67 )

Matza 101 : an innovative cookbook containing “101” creative recipes simply made with matza!
Jenny Kdoshim; Debbie Bevans
2nd ed.. Alta Loma, Calif. 11785 Mont. Wilson Conn., Alta Loma 91737 : The Unique Cookbook 1995
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX739.2.P37 K36 1995 )

A Pesach sampler : from appetizer to afikomen
Leah G Stern; Frances R AvRutick; Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. Women’s Branch.
3rd ed.. New York, N.Y. : Women’s Branch UOJCA 1979
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX724 .P45 1979 )

The Passover feast II
American Mizrachi Women. West Orange Chapter.
Rev. ed.. West Orange, N.J. : American Mizrachi Women, West Orange Chapter 1978
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX739.2.P37 P37 1978 )

Passoverama : a collection of favorite recipes
Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El (Wynnewood, Montgomery County, Pa.)
[2d ed.].. Wynnewood, Pa. : Sisterhood of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El 1978
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX739.2.P37 P38 1978 )

The Song of Songs cookbook : Passover manna gathered for you
Miriam Field; Standard Brands Incorporated.
New York : Standard Brands, Inc. 1966
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX739.2.P37 F54 1966 )

No cholesterol Passover recipes
Debra Wasserman; Charles Stahler
Baltimore, Md. : Vegetarians Resource Group 1986
Magrath Library Reference (Kirschner Cookbooks) (TX739.2.P37 W37 1986 )

IHRC launches Immigration Syllabus

U of M’s Immigration History Research Center launches #ImmigrationSyllabus
Created by historians nationwide, #ImmigrationSyllabus responds to current debates over immigration with a history lesson for the public
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (01/26/2017) -Today, immigration historians from across the country launched #ImmigrationSyllabus, a website and educational resource to help the public understand the deep historical roots of today’s immigration debates. Created in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and made available through the University of Minnesota Libraries, #ImmigrationSyllabus is a tool for teaching, learning and advocacy. #ImmigrationSyllabus is available online at