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October 30, 2014 | 6th Cheshvan 5775

Outreach Recommended Books and Websites

CONVERSION/CHOOSING JUDAISM

  • Berkowitz, Allan L. and Patti Moskovitz. Embracing the Covenant. Jewish Lights Publishing, 1996.
  • Diamant, Anita. Choosing a Jewish Life. Schocken Books In.,1998
  • Dubner, Stephen J. Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son's Return to His Jewish Roots. William Morrow & Co., 1999.
  • Kessel, Barbara. Suddenly Jewish: Jews Raised as Gentiles Discover Their Jewish Roots. Brandies University Press, 2007.
  • Kukoff, Lydia. Choosing Judaism (revised edition). URJ Press, 2005.
  • Lester, Julius. Lovesong:Becoming a Jew. Arcade Publishing, 1995. The story of an African American minister son's spiritual journey and conversion to Judaism.
  • The Union's online resource for those interested in conversion: urj.org/conversion
INTERMARRIAGE
  • Olitzky, Rabbi Kerry M. and Joan Peterson Littman. Making A Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide to Opportunities, Challenges, and Resources. Jewish Lights Publishing.
  • Olitzky, Rabbi Kerry M. and Paul Golin. How to Raise Jewish Children...Even When You're Not Jewish Yourself. Torah Aura Productions.
  • Olitzky, Rabbi Kerry M. and Paul Golin. Twenty Things for Grandparents of Interfaith Grandchildren to Do. Torah Aura Productions.
  • Friedland, Ronnie and Edmund Case, editors. The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An Interfaith Family.com Handbook. Jewish Lights Publishing, 2001.
  • Keen, Jim. Inside Intermarriage A Christian Partner's Perspective on Raising a Jewish Family. URJ Press, 2006.
  • King, Andrea. If I'm Jewish and You're Christian, What Are the Kids? URJ Press, 1993.
  • Kevin, Sunie. Mingled Roots: A Guide for Jewish Grandparents if Interfaith Families. URJ Press, 2003.
  • The Union's online resources for intermarried couples and families: urj.org/cong/outreach/interfaith
  • An award winning guide to the Jewish holidays written and developed by Temple Israel of Hollywood's early childhood center moms to provide information for non-Jewish parents raising Jewish children: www.celebrationsguide.org

INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM AND JEWISH LIVING

  • Diamant, Anita and Cooper, Howard. Living a Jewish Life: Jewish Traditions, Customs, and Values for Today's Families. HarperCollins Publishers (Revised and Updated Edition) 2007.
  • Einstein, Stephen J. and Kukoff, Lydia. Every Person's Guide to Judaism. URJ Press, 1989.
  • Kertzer, Morris, revised by Lawrence Hoffman. What is a Jew? Touchstone, 1996.
  • Kushner, Harold. To Life! A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking. Grand Central Publishing, 1994.
  • Magida, Arthur J. How to be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies. Jewish Lights Publishing, Volume 2, 1999.
  • Sonsino, Rifat and Syme, Daniel B. The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living. URJ Press (revised) 2003.
  • Telushkin, Joseph. Jewish Literacy Revised Ed.: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History. William Morrow, 2008.
  • Washofsky, Mark. Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice. URJ Press, 2001.
JEWISH PARENTING/GRANDPARENTING
  • Diamant, Anita and Kushner, Karen. How to Be a Jewish Parent. Schocken Books, 2000.
  • Doades, Joanne. Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed. Jewish Lights, 2007.
  • Kushner, Harold. When Children Ask About God. Schocken Books Inc., 1995.
  • Levin, Sunie. Mingled Roots: A Guide for Jewish Grandparents of Interfaith Families. URJ Press, 2003.
  • Mogel, Wendy. The Blessing of a Skinned Knee - Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children. Scribner Publishing, 2001.
  • Wolpe, David. Teaching Your Children about God: A Modern Jewish Approach. Henry Hold & Co., 1995.

CONGREGATIONAL LIFE

  • Defining the Role of the Non-Jew in the Synagogue. URJ Press.  Welcoming non-Jewish partners and inviting them to participate in meaningful and appropriate ways requires careful thought and policy setting. This revised and updated edition of Defining the Role of the Non-Jew in the Synagogue draws on the URJ's experience and expertise to guide congregations in a deliberative and successful policy setting process
  • The Union's comprehensive Outreach website with resources for individuals, couples, families and congregations; include Program Bank of congregational best Outreach programs for interfaith families, grandparents, children of intermarriage, conversion support, 20's 30's, and LGBT support: urj.org/outreach
LGBT
  • Kulanu: All of Us (revised edition). URJ Press. A program and resource guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender inclusion.
  • The Union's LGBT website for congregations: urj.org/lgbt
  • Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation at HUC-LA prepares Jewish leadership with the capacity, compassion and skills to encourage congregational attitudes, policies, and indeed, Jewish society to include each and every Jew, regardless of sexual orientation of gender identity: huc.edu/ijso
  • Jewish Mosaic helps the Jewish world become more open, accessible and welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews and their families: www.jewishmosaic.org
  • Keshet offers support, training and resources to create a Jewish community that welcomes and affirms LGBT Jews: www.keshetonline.org
MULTICULTRALISM
  • Brenner,Frederic. Diaspora: Homelands in Exile. HarperCollins, 2003. A two volume set including over 200 photographs in the first volume, and commentary on 60 of the images in the second volume
  • Kaye.Kantrowitz, Melanie. The Colors of Jews: Racial Politics and Radical Diasporism. Indiana University Press, 2007.
  • Roth, Joan. Jewish Women: A World of Tradition and Change. Jolen Press, 1995. Including woman from such diverse communities as India, Yemen and Ethiopia
  • www.bechollashon.org
  • The Jewish Multiracial Network brings Jewish multiracial families and individuals together to learn about and celebrate their Judaism: www.jewishmultiracialnetwork.org
DISABILITIES
  • The Union's disabilities website, including resources for making your synagogue more inclusive, how to host an inclusion Shabbat, personal stories and a discussion board: urj.org/disabilities
  • The Union's special needs website with resources for educators and a "Dear Shana" column where readers can submit a question: urj.org/learning/teacheducate/specialneeds
  • A film and educational resources about Lior's special needs bar mitzvah: www.prayingwithlior.com
CHILDREN'S BOOKS ON JEWISH IDENTITY AND DIVERSITY
  • Bodin Cohen, Deborah. Papa Jethro. Kar-Ben, 2009. The loving story of a Jewish child and her Christian grandfather, told with biblical references
  • Darvick, Debra B. I Love Jewish Faces. URJ Press, 2009.
  • Herron, Corolivia. Always an Olivia. Kar-Ben, 2007. An engaging multi-cultural tale, based on the author's own family
  • Older, Effin. My Two Grandmothers. Harcourt, 2000. Depicts a young girl celebrating different holidays with different grandmothers and showing love to both
  • Sasso, Sandy. God's Paintbrush. Jewish Lights Publishing, 1992. A beginning book about a child's relationship to God, told with illustrations that celebrate diversity
  • Seidman, Lauren. What Makes Someone a Jew? Jewish Lights, 2007.
  • Sugarman, Brynn Olenberg. Rebecca's Journey Home. Kar-Ben, 2006. Describes an international adoption from the perspective of the Jewish big brothers 

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