Books for Adults

by Jane Lazarre

A Jewish woman married to an African American non-Jewish man, describes her experience of raising her sons and her encounter with the reality of racism in the U.S.

by Katya Bibel Azoulay

Examines how adult children of interracial parents (Jewish and Black) think about personal identity. Blends historical, theoretical and personal perspectives to explore possibilities and meanings when Black and Jewish merge.

by Rebecca Walker

A memoir written by the daughter of an African American mother and an Ashkenazi Jewish father who was born during the civil rights era of the 1960s.

by Lise Funderberg

Stories of biracial adults, written by a biracial Jewish woman (Ashkenazi Jewish and African American).

by Vera Schwarcz

Explores the meanings of cultural memory within the two longest surviving civilizations on earth.

by Jack Botwinik

Depicts the theological challenges a Jew is confronted with in dating a Chinese woman, and how this experience leads them both to become Torah-observant.

by Myra Alperson

A resource guide for interracial families of all kinds, written by a single Jewish mother whose adopted daughter was born in China.

by Rosellen Brown

A novel about a white Jewish woman who loses custody of her biracial baby. A reunion occurs when the daughter reaches adulthood.

by Diane Tobin, Gary Tobin, and Scott Rubin

In Every Tongue is a groundbreaking look at the changing faces of the Jewish people and implications for the world Jewish community.

by Marion Kilson and Florence Ladd

‘Is That Your Child?’ is a question that countless mothers of biracial children encounter whether they are African American or European American, rearing children today or a generation ago, living in the city or in the suburbs, are upper middle class or lower middle class. Social scientists Marion Kilson and Florence Ladd probe mothers’ responses to this query and other challenges that mothers of biracial children encounter. Organized into four chapters, the book begins with Kilson and Ladd’s initial interview of one another, continues with an overview of the challenges and rewards of raising biracial children gleaned from their interviews with other mothers, presents profiles of mothers highlighting distinctive individual experiences of biracial parenting, and concludes with suggestions of positive biracial parenting strategies. This book makes a unique contribution to the growing body of literature by and about biracial Americans. Although in the past twenty years biracial Americans like Rebecca Walker, June Cross, and James McBride have written of their person experiences and scholars like Kathleen Korgen, Maria Root, and Ruth Frankenberg have explored aspects of the biracial experience, none has focused on the experiences of a heterogeneous set of black and white mothers of different generations and socioeconomic circumstances as Kilson and Ladd do.

by Sidney Shapiro (Editor, Translator, Compiler)

Shapiro and his colleagues detail their analysis to reveal that Jews were not only present in Kaifeng, known as Bianjing in the Song Dynasty, but that they lived in large numbers in other Chinese cities as well.

by Julius Lester

This autobiographical chronicle of Julius Lester’s Jewish journey is a meaningful addition to the body of scholarship on conversion. It also offers opportunity for reflections on Black/Jewish relations in the U.S.

by Michael Pollack

“Mandarins, Jews, and Missionaries’ reads, in many ways, like an adventure story, crisscrossing geographic locations and transcending ages. It is altogether engrossing. Pollack has sniffed out every available clue on the Chinese Jews: his research is solid and well documented. Both in terms of relating the history of the Chinese Jews and tracing their impact on the Western mind, there is no better work available.” – Anson Laytner, “Judaism”

by Fran Ross

This uproariously funny satire about relations between African Americans and Jews is as fresh and outrageous today as when it was first published in 1974. Born to a Jewish father and black mother who divorce before she is two, Oreo grows up in Philadelphia with her maternal grandparents while her mother tours with a theatrical troupe. Soon after puberty, Oreo heads for New York with a pack on her back to search for her father; but in the big city she discovers that there are dozens of Sam Schwartzes in the phone book, and Oreo’s mission turns into a wickedly humorous picaresque quest. The ambitious and playful narrative challenges accepted notions of race, ethnicity, culture, and even the novelistic form itself.

by Jana Wolff

A White Jewish adoptive mother describes the experience of adopting a child of color.

by Josylyn C. Segal

This study of eighteen adults of African-American and Jewish-American heritage explores how biracial subjects of two minority parents negotiates mixed race heritage and identity in a society that maintains a hostile attitude toward interracial unions.

by Colette Berman and Yosef Miller

A coffee table book that places beautiful photography in historical and cultural context with extended captions and narratives.

by James McBride

The story of James McBride’s mother, a Polish Jew and daughter of a rabbi, who moved to New York city, and met and married a black man (McBride’s father). The book is a testament to one woman’s true heart, solid values, and indomitable will.

by Loolwa Khazzoom (Editor)

Newly released personal and political essays by over a dozen Jewish women, edited by an American woman of Iraqi Jewish descent.

by Tudor Parfitt

Contemporary anti-Semitism and other pressures; with an appendix on combating anti-Semitism by Milton Ellerin. Helps to understand the commonalities between the oppression of African Jews and the oppression of Asian Jews. Also provides statistics from 1980’s on numbers of Jews in shrinking North African and other communities.

by Jonathan Goldstein (Editor, Introduction)

An interdisciplinary effort by Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, and Western sinologists and Judaic studies specialists, this book scrutinizes patterns of migration, acculturation, assimilation, and economic activity of successive waves of Jewish arrivals in China from approximately 1100 to 1949.

by Karen Primack

Featuring the works of over fifty poets, essayists, storytellers, and songwriters. A tribute to Jewish diversity by Sephardi, Ashkenazi, Mizrahi, African and Asian writers.

by Amy Shore

Written with passion, honesty, humor, and love, Jewish author Amy Shore describes the ups and downs of adopting a child from Guatemala. From hope to heartache, anger and determination, the will to believe when all else fails, bureaucratic red tape, an interesting cast of international characters, and the agony of the wait – come along on this incredible, heartwarming journey to meet Lucinda.

by Barbara Katz Rothman

A path-breaking study by a noted sociologist of the immediate and continuing impact of race and adoption in our society. Katz Rothman draws on her own experience as a white mother of an adopted black child.

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