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  New Book Answers Jewish Questions in a Way Children Will Understand
URJ Press Publishes Honest Answers to Your Child’s Jewish Questions

Contact: Zachary Kolstein

For Immediate Release

(New York, May 03, 2006) – There is now a book for parents and teachers seeking guidance in answering children’s questions about Torah and Judaism: Honest Answers to Your Child’s Jewish Questions. This first-of-its-kind publication, written by a Jewish mother and rabbi, Sharon G. Forman,  lays the groundwork to understand liberal Jewish thought. Rabbi Forman, who said she was inspired to write the book when her five-year-old child began to ask questions such as "What does God look like?" and "Why am I Jewish?"  embodies and conveys the knowledge she has gained as both a parent and a religious leader.

According to Rabbi Forman, “By middle school the questions get tougher.  Children begin to wonder, ‘Is the Torah true?’ and ‘Why do I have to learn Hebrew?’”  Honest Answers to Your Child’s Jewish Questions categorizes more than fifty frequently asked questions in seven chapters. The book provides a way to answer questions directly and comprehensively while instilling Jewish values.

Rabbi Daniel Freelander, vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, commented, “While especially valuable to Reform Jewish parents and teachers, the book can also help non-Jewish parents and religious leaders whose children wish to better understand their friends and peers who are Jewish.”.

Honest Answers to Your Child’s Jewish Questions is available in paperback and retails for $16.95. It can be ordered by contacting URJ Press at 212.650.4120,, or by visiting the URJ Press website at

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The URJ Press is the book-publishing arm of the Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations). The Union is the central body of the Reform Movement in North America, and unites more than 1.5 million Reform Jews in 900 congregations across the United States and Canada. The Union’s programs and services include music and book publishing, adult education opportunities, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, and the Religious Action Center in Washington, DC.




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