History of the Petaluma Jewish Community
Please feel free to contribute any historical information, book recommendations,
links, photos, chicken crossing the road jokes, etc. to the webmaster:
|"In those days, inter-marriage was when
a kid of the left married a kid of the right."
"Joe Rapoport, The Life of a Jewish Radical",
Temple University Press, 1981.
"Comrades and Chicken Ranchers",
Kenneth L. Kann; Cornell University Press, 1993.
General Petaluma history:
Thea Lowry; Manifold Press, 2000.
About Yiddish song:
3 books published by Workman's Circle in NY and compiled by Eleanor Mlotek:
- "Mir Trogn a Gezang," 1972.
- "Pearls of Yiddish Song," 1988.
- "Songs of Generations".
"Voices of a People",
Ruth Rubin; Jewish Publication Society of America, 1979.
Bonnie Burt Productions
Bonnie Burt Productions Web site; contains listings and purchase information
for all of Bonnie's movies, with online videocassette sales.
Timbrels and Torahs
Judith Montell's previous (2001) project Web site, about the new Jewish
women's ritual Simchat Torah.
Petaluma Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce's website features a "mural" - click on
the different headings to learn about various components of Petaluma's
history, including chicken farms
The Petaluma Argus Courier
history of the 100+ year old community newspaper
article describing a class one can take about Petaluma's architectural
An upcoming class through Santa Rosa Junior College's Office of Community
Education offers a look at Petaluma's history and architecture
article about "Empty Shells" and its author, Thea Lowry:
"Author Thea Lowry has written an entertaining and information-packed
book on Petaluma's history as one of the country's chicken capitals"
The Jewish Bulletin of Northern California
article about 75th birthday of Jewish Community Center ("The Center")
in Petaluma (many of the photos on this site have been scanned from that
celebration's memorial book)
The Press Democrat
article about centenarians, including one time Petaluma resident Gussie
excerpt from a Free Speech Movement Archives Oral Histories interview
with Sidney Roger; describes prevalence of Communism among Jews in Petaluma
in early 20th century
Sidney Roger, A Liberal Journalist on the Air and on the Waterfront:
Labor and Political Issues, 1932-1990, an oral history conducted
in 1989 and 1990 by Julie Shearer, Regional Oral History Office, The
Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1998.
article about Bernard Offen, Petaluma resident, holocaust survivor &
film documentarian; from the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California 1992
The Petaluma Museum
website of the Petaluma museum, featuring historical exhibits
review of Judith Montell's movie, TIMBRELS AND TORAHS, about Jewish
women's wisdom; Home on the Range is mentioned
|The opening of the Petaluma Jewish Community
Center, August 1925; from the 50th Anniversary Souvenir Journal of