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BooksWHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR SYNAGOGUE LIBRARY:

In creating your synagogue library, there are a number of factors to consider.  Your budget, available shelf volume, and the reading and study habits of your patrons are some of the most important things to keep in mind.  Your collection should include reference books, prayerbooks, well-known Jewish classics, books for younger readers, new books, reference CD-ROMS such as Soncino’s Judaic Classics on CD-ROM, and current periodicals.  Always remember to leave room for new acquisitions.  As a general rule of thumb, don’t display more than 2 copies of a general circulating book.  Whether you have a cataloging system or not, your books should at the very least be categorized and neatly ordered on the shelves.  Below you will find a list of categories you may wish to use and some sample books that fit under each heading:

 

Bible and Biblical Studies

Plaut, Gunther, and Stein, David S., eds.  The Torah: A Modern Commentary, Revised Edition. URJ Press, New York, 2005

Sarna, Nahum S. Understanding Genesis.. Schocken Books, NY, 1970.

 

Classical Judaica: Halakhah and Midrash

Borowitz, Eugene, ed. Theological Terms in the Talmud. Ilonka Samke Institute at HUC-JIR. New York, 1998.

Goldwrum, Hersh, ed. The Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli: Tractate      Berachos. Mesorah Publications Ltd.,  Brooklyn, 1999

 

Jewish Observance and Practice

Klein, Isaac. A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice. Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, 1992

Washofsky, Mark. Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice. UAHC Press, NY, 2000

 

Jewish Education

Abraham, Michelle Shapiro. CHAI Learning for Jewish Life: Level 4 Curriculum Core. UAHC Press, New York, 2003

Mandel, Scott. Wired Into Judaism: The Internet and Jewish Education. A.R.E. Publishing, Inc., Denver, 2000

 

Hebrew, Jewish Languages and Sciences

Bogot, Howard. My First 100 Hebrew Words: a young person’s dictionary of Judaism. UAHC Press, NY, 1993

Glinert, Lewis. The Joys of Hebrew. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1992

 

Jewish Literature

Malamud, Bernard. The Fixer. Penguin Books, New York, 1967.

Waxman, Meyer. A History of Jewish Literature, Vol. I. Bloch Publishing Co. New York, 1938.

 

The Jewish Community: Society and the Arts

Sartre, Jean-Paul. Anti-Semite and Jew. Schocken Books, NY. 1966.

Zakim, Leonard. Confronting Anti-Semitism. KTAV Publishing House, Inc. Hoboken, 2000

 

Jewish History, Geography, Biography

Ben-Sasson, H.H. A History of the Jewish People. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. 1976

Lamm, Maurice. Living Torah in America. Behrman House, Inc. West Orange, 1993

 

Israel and Zionism

Collins, Larry. O Jerusalem. Simon and Schuster, NY, 1972

Herzl, Theodor. The Jews’ State: a critical English translation. Jason Aronson, Northvale, 1996.

 

General Works

Alcalay, Reuben. The Complete Hebrew-English Dictionary. Chemed Books, Brooklyn, 1996.

Crystal, David. The Cambridge Encyclopedia. BCA, London, 1994.

 

These categories are the categories used in the Elazar system of cataloguing, a classification system for Judaica libraries based on the Dewey Decimal System.  The full classification scheme (ten major classes and ninety-nine internal divisions) along with expository notes and an elegant introductory essay can be found in A Classification System for Libraries of Judaica: David H. Elazar and Daniel J. Elazar, Jason Aronson, 1997, 3rd Revised edition. 

 

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BUILDING YOUR JEWISH LIBRARY:
Jewish Titles from which to Study and Learn


Basic Jewish Thought and Theology | Jewish Texts | Jewish Observance
Jewish History | Jewish History Through Novels | Holocaust
For Young Readers | Israel | Conversion and Outreach
General Reference | Women's Studies | Jewish Parenting
Other Recommended Readings


Basic Jewish Thought and Theology

Borowitz, Eugene. Choices in Modern Jewish Thought ; Second Edition. West Orange, New Jersey: Behrman House, Inc., 1995.

Borowitz, Eugene. Exploring Jewish Ethics: Papers on Covenant Responsibility . Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1990.

Borowitz, Eugene, editor. Reform Jewish Ethics and the Halakah: An Experiment in Decision Making . New Jersey: Behrman House, Inc., 1994.

Borowitz, Eugene. Renewing the Covenant: A Theology for the Postmodern Jews . Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1991.

Buber, Martin et. al.. Translated by Walter Kaufman and S. G. Smith. I and Thou . New York: Simon and Schuster Trade, 1978.

Glatzer, Nahum, editor. Modern Jewish Thought: Selected Issues, 1889-1966 . North Stratford, New Hampshire: Ayer Co. Publishers, Inc., 1977.

Green, Arthur. Seek My Face, Speak My Name: A Contemporary Jewish Theology . Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1994.

Heschel, Abraham J.. God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism . New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1976.

Kushner, Harold. When Bad Things Happen to Good People . New York: Schocken Books, 1984.

Silver, Abba H. Where Judaism Differs . Old Tappan, New Jersey: Macmillan, 1989.

Soncino, Rifat & Syme, Daniel B. Finding God: Ten Jewish Responses . Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1993.

Wolpe, David. The Healer of Shattered Hearts: A Jewish View of God . Henry Holt & Co., 1990.

Wolpe, David. In Speech and in Silence: The Jewish Quest for God . New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1993.

Wouk, Herman. This is My God: The Jewish Way of Life . New York: Walker & Co., 1991. Up to top of page.


Jewish Texts

Abrams, Judith. Talmud for Beginners: Volume 1:Prayer . Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1993.

Abrams, Judith. Talmud for Beginners: Volume 2:Text . Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1993.

Bialik, Hayim N. & Ravnitzky, Yehoshua H., editors. The Book of Legends (Sefer Ha-aggadah): Legends of the Talmud & Midrash . New York: Schocken Books, 1992.

Bronstein, Herbert N. &. Friedlander, Albert H. editors. The Five Scrolls . New York: CCAR Press, 1984.

Cohen, Abraham. Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages . New York: Schocken Books, 1995.

Danby, Herbert, translator. The Mishnah . New York: Oxford University Press, 1933.

Fields, Harvey J., ed. A Torah Commentary for Our Time (Three volumes). New York: URJ Press, 1994.

Holtz, Barry W.. Back to the Sources: Reading the Classics . New York: Simon & Schuster Trade, 1986.

Neusner, Jacob. Invitation to the Talmud: A Teaching Book . San Francisco: Harper, 1989.

Maimonides, Moses, translated by Schlomo Pines. Guide for the Perplexed, Volumes. 1 & 2 . Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974.

Plaut, W. Gunther, editor. The Haftarah Commentary . New York: URJ Press, 1996.

Plaut, W. Gunther, editor. The Torah: A Modern Commentary . New York: URJ Press: 1981.

Steinsalz, Adin. The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition, Volumes. 1-13 . New York: Random House, 1989-1995.

Women of Reform Judaism. Covenant of the Heart: Prayers, Poems and Meditations from the Women of Reform Judaism . New York: National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, 1993.

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Jewish Observance: Worship, Life Cycle, and Holidays

Adahan, Miriam. Raising Children to Care: A Jewish Guide to Child Rearing . New York: Philip Feldheim, Inc., 1988.

Agnon, S.Y.. The Days of Awe . New York: Schocken Books, 1965.

Artson, Bradley. Shavot It's a Mitzvah! Step-by-Step to Jewish Living . West Orange, New Jersey: Behrman House, 1995.

Barth, Lewis, editor. Berit Milah in the Reform Context . Brit Milah Board of Reform Judaism, New York: UAHC Press, 1990.

Diamant, Anita. The New Jewish Baby Book: Names, Ceremonies, and Customs for Today's Families . Woodstock, Vermont: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1993.

Diamant, Anita Cooper, Howard. Living a Jewish Life: A Guide for Starting, Learning, Celebrating, & Parenting . New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1991.

Donin, Hayim. To Be a Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life . New York: Basic Books, 1991.

Donin, Hayim. To Pray As a Jew: A Guide to the Prayerbook and Synagogue Service . New York: Basic Books, 1991.

Dosick, Rabbi Wayne. Living Judaism: The Complete Guide to Jewish Belief, Tradition, and Practice . San Francisco: Harper, 1995.

Greenberg, Rabbi Irving. The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays . New York: Touchstone Books, Simon & Schuster, 1988.

Heschel, Abraham J.. The Sabbath . New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1975.

Kertzer, Morris N., revised by Lawrence Hoffman. What Is a Jew? Old Tappan, New Jersey Publishing Co., Inc., 1993.

Knobel, Peter. Gates of the Seasons (Shaarei Mo-Eid): A Guide to The Jewish Year . New York: CCAR Press, 1983.

Lieberman, Susan. New Traditions: Redefining Celebrations for Today?s Family . New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1991.

Maslin, Simeon, editor. Gates of Mitzvah (Shaarei Mitzvah): A Guide to the Jewish Life Cycle . New York: CCAR Press, 1979.

Olitzky, Kerry M. &. Isaacs, Ronald H.. The How-to Handbook for Jewish Living . Hoboken, New Jersey: Ktav Publishing House, Inc., 1993.

Peli, Pinchas H.. Shabbat Shalom: A Renewed Encounter with the Sabbath . New York: Sure Sellers, Inc., 1989.

Renberg, Dalia H.. The Complete Family Guide to Jewish Holidays . Bellmore, New York: Modan-Adama Publishers, 1985.

Riemer, Jack, editor. Jewish Reflections on Death . New York: Schocken Books, 1987.

Roseman, Kenneth D. et al, editors. Gates of Prayer for Young People (Shaarei Tefila Le-Noar ): Youth and Family Services. New York: CCAR Press, 1995.

Roth, Cecil & Wigoder, Geoffrey. Encyclopedia Judaica . Philidelphia: Keter Publishing, 1994.

Shapiro, Mark Dov, editor. Gates of Shabbat (Shaarei Shabbat): A Guide for Observing Shabbat (available with cassette). New York: CCAR Press, 1990.

Sonsino, Rifat & Syme, Daniel B. What Happens After I Die? URJ Press, New York, 1990.

Stern, Chaim, editor. Gates of the House (Shaarei Habayit): The New Union Home Prayerbook . New York: CCAR, 1977.

Stern, Chaim, editor. On the Doorposts of Your House (A Mezuzo Beitecha): Prayers & Ceremonies for the Jewish Home. New York: CCAR Press, 1994.

Tolley, Jackie editor. On Our Spiritual Journey: A Creative Shabbat Service. La Jolla, California: Woman?s Institute for Continuing Jewish Education, 1984.

Waskow, Arthur. Down to Earth Judaism: Food, Money, Sex & the Rest of Life. New York: William Morrow & Company Publishing, Inc., 1995. Up to top of page.


Jewish History

Dimont, Max. Jews, God & History , rev. ed. New York: Dutton Books, 1994.

Elwenspoek, Curt. Translated by Edward Cattle. Jew Suss Oppenheimer, the Great Financier, Gallant & Adventurer of the 18th Century. New York: Gordon Press Publishers, 1980.

Finkelstein, Louis. Akiba: Scholar, Saint, and Martyr. Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1990.

Freizel, Eryatar. Atlas of Modern Jewish History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Hanover, Nathan. Translated by Abraham Mesch. The Abyss of Despair. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 1983.

Meyer, Michael A.. Response to Modernity: A History of the Reform Movement in Judaism. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1988.

Potok, Chaim. Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews. New York: Fawcett Book Group, 1987.

Roth, Cecil. A History of the Jews: From Earliest Times through the Six Day War. New York: Schocken Books, 1970.

Seltzer, Robert M. Jewish People, Jewish Thought, The Jewish Experience in History. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., 1980. Up to top of page.


Jewish History Through Novels

Agnon, S.Y. Twenty-One Stories. New York: Schocken Books, 1970.

Ansky, S. The Dybbuk & Other Writings. New York: Schocken Books, 1992.

Bellow, Saul, editor. Great Jewish Short Stories. New York: Dell Publishing Co., Inc., 1985.

Buck, Pearl. Peony. New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1990.

Collins, Larry & LaPierre, Dominique. O Jerusalem! New York: Simon & Schuster Trade, 1988.

Eliot, George. Daniel Deronda. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Fast, Howard. Agrippa?s Daughter . Garden City, New York: Doubleday Books, Inc., 1979.

Fast, Howard. My Glorious Brothers. Mattituck, New York: Amereon, Ltd., (date not supplied).

Feuchtwanger, Lion. Josephus: A Historical Romance. New York: Simon & Schuster Trade, 1973.

Greenberg, Joanna. The King's Persons. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1963.

Gross, Joel. Books of Rachel. West Seneca, New York: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd., 1985.

Halter, Marek. Translated. by Lowell Bair. The Book of Abraham. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1986.

Jacobson, Dan. The Rape of Tamar. New York: MacMillian, 1970.

Kazantzakis, Nikos. The Last Temptation of Christ. New York: Simon and Schuster Trade, 1988.

Kossoff, David. The Voices of Masada. New York: Elliott's Book, 1973.

Landis, Joseph, editor. Three Great Jewish Plays. New York: Applause Theatre Book Publishers, 1986.

Le Porrier, Herbert. The Doctor From Cordova. Garden City, New York: Doubleday Books Inc., 1979.

Lessing, Gotthold E. Edited by Peter Demetz. Nathan the Wise, Minna von Barnhelm and Other Plays and Writings. New York: Continuum Publishing Co., 1991.

Leviant, Curt. The Man Who Thought He Was Messiah. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1990.

Levin, Meyer. The Settlers. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972.

Lewisohn, Ludwig. The Island Within. North Stratford, New Hampshire: Ayer Co. Publishers, Inc., 1975.

Malamud, Bernard. The Assistant. New York: Viking Penguin, 1993.

Malamud, Bernard. The Fixer. New York: Viking Penguin, 1994.

Mann, Thomas. Joseph And His Brothers. New York: Alfred A. Knopf Publishers, Inc., 1948.

Martin, Malachi. King of Kings. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1980.

Meyerhoff, Barbara. Number Our Days. New York: Dutton Books, 1979.

Michener, James. The Source. New York: Fawcett Book Group, 1986.

Miller, Arthur. Focus. New York: Arbor House, 1984.

Nister, Der. Translated by Leonard Wolf. The Family Mashber. New York: Summit Books, 1987.

Potok, Chaim. Davita?s Harp . New York: Fawcett Book Group, 1986.

Potok, Chaim. My Name is Asher Lev. New York: Fawcett Book Group, 1984.

Potok, Chaim. The Chosen. Fort Lauderdale: Buccaneer Books, 1994.

Potok, Chaim. The Promise. New York: Fawcett Book Group, 1985.

Raphael, David. The Alhambra Decree. North Hollywood: Carmi House Press, 1988.

Roth, Henry. Call It Sleep. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992.

Rothberg, Abraham. The Sword of the Golem. New York: Bantam, 1973.

Sandmel, Samuel. Alone atop the Mountain. Garden City, New York: Doubleday Books, Inc., 1973.

Shamir, Moses. Translated by David Patterson. The King of Flesh and Blood. Rockaway Beach, New York: Hebrew Publishing Co.,(date not supplied).

Singer, I. J.. Translated by Joseph Singer. The Brothers Ashkenazi. New York: Viking Penguin, 1993.

Singer, Isaac Bashevis. The Family Moskat. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1988.

Steinbeck, John. East of Eden. New York: Viking Penguin, 1992.

Steinberg, Milton. As a Driven Leaf. Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1994.

Styron, William R. Sophie's Choice. New York: Random House, 1992.

Uris, Leon. Exodus. New York: Bantam Books, 1983.

Uris, Leon. Mila Eighteen. New York: Bantam Books, 1983.

Webb, Liliane. The Marranos. Kansas City: Andrews & MacNeel, 1980.

Weisel, Elie. The Golem. New York: Summit Books, 1983.

Wyse, Marion. The Prophet and the Prostitute. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publisher, 1979.

Yehoshua, A.B.. Translaed. by Hillel Halkin. Mr. Mani--A Safardic Family History. Orlando: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1993.

Yezierska, Anzia. Bread Givers: A Struggle between a Father of the Old world & a Daughter of the New World. New York: Persea Books, Inc., 1975.

Zangwill, Israel. Dreamers of the Ghetto. North Stratford, New Hampshire: Ayer Co. Publishers, Inc., 1977.

Zangwill, Israel. The King of Schorrers. Bellmore, New York: Modan-Adama Books, 1987. Up to top of page.


Holocaust

Appelfelds, Aharon. Translated. by Dalya Bilu. Age of Wonders. New York: Godine Books, Inc., 1989.

Appelfelds, Aharon. Translated. by Dalya Bilu. Badenheim, Nineteen Thirty-Nine. New York: Godine Books, Inc., 1980.

Appelfelds, Aharon. For Every Sin. New York: Random House, 1990.

Appelfelds, Aharon. The Immortal Bartfuss. New York: Grove Atlantic, 1994.

Appelfelds, Aharon. To the Land of Cattails. New York: Grove Atlantic, 1994.

Dawidowicz, Lucy S.. The War Against the Jews 1933-1945. New York: Bantam Books, 1986.

Epstein, Leslie. King of the Jews. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1993.

Friedlander, Albert. Out of the Whirlwind. New York: URJ Press, 1976.

Hegi, Ursula. Stones from the River. New York: Simon & Schuster Trade, 1995.

Hersey, John. The Wall. New York: Random House, 1988.

Hochhuth, Rolf. The Deputy. New York: Grove Press, 1964.

Keneally, Thomas. Schindler's List. New York: Simon & Schuster Trade, 1994.

Kosinski, Jerzy. The Painted Bird. Second Edition. New York: Random House, 1983.

Schaeffer, Susan. Anya. New York: Ivy Books, 1991.

Schwartz-Bart, Andre. The Last of the Just. Cambridge: Robert Bentley, Inc., 1981.

Volavkova, Hana, editor. I Never Saw Another Butterfly. New York: Schocken Books, 1994.

Wiesel, Elie. Dawn. New York: Bantam Books, 1982.

Wiesel, Elie. Night. New York: Bantam Books, 1982.

Wiesenthal, Simon. The Sunflower: With a Symposium. New York: Schocken Books, 1976. Up to top of page.


For Young Readers

Burstein, Chaya. The Jewish Kids Catalog. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1983.

Frank, Anne. Diary of a Young Girl. New York: Bantam Books, 1994.

Greenberg, Melanie Hope. Blessings. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1995.

Jaffe, Nina. The Uninvited Guest and Other Jewish Holiday Tales. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 1993.

Leitner, Isabella. The Big Lie: A True Story. New York: Scholastic Hardcover, 1992.

Levitan, Sonia. The Return. New York: Atheneum, 1987. (Ethiopian Rescue)

Levoy, Myron. Alan and Naomi. New York: Harper & Row Junior Books, 1977.

Nathan, Joan. The Children's Jewish Holiday Kitchen . New York: Schocken Books, 1987.

Singer, Isaac Bashevis. Stories for Children. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1962.

Woodruff, Elvira. Dear Levi:Letters from the Overland Trail. New York, Knopf, 1994. Up to top of page.


Israel

Chafets, Ze'ev. Heroes and Hustlers, Hard Hats and Holymen, Inside the New Israel. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1986.

Sachar, Howard M. A History of Israel: From The Rise of Zionism to Our Time. New York: Alfred A. Knopf Publishers, Inc., 1979.

Sachar, Howard M. A History of Israel, Volume Two: From the Aftermath of the Yom Kippur War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988. Up to top of page.


Conversion and Outreach

Belin, David. Why Choose Judaism: New Dimensions of Jewish Outreach. New York: URJ Press, 1985.

Epstein, Lawrence. Conversion to Judaism: A Guidebook. Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1994.

Kukoff, Lydia. Choosing Judaism. New York: Hippocrene Books, Inc., 1983.

Mayer, Egon and Amy Avgar. Conversion Among The Intermarried: Choosing To Become Jewish. New York: American Jewish Committee, 1987.

Myrowitz, Catherine H. Finding a Home for the Soul: Interview with Converts to Judaism. Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1995.

Romanoff, Lena. Your People, My People: Finding Acceptance & Fulfillment as a Jew by Choice . Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1990. Up to top of page.


General Reference

Baron, Joseph L., editor. A Treasury of Jewish Quotations. Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1985.

Bennett, Alan, editor. Journey Through Judaism: The Best of Keeping Posted. New York: URJ Press, 1991.

Holtz, Barry W.. The Book of Jewish Belief. West Orange, New Jersey: Behrman House, Inc., 1984.

Jacobs, Louis. Religion & the Individual: A Jewish Perspective. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Jacobs, Louis. The Jewish Religion: A Companion. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Kertzer, Morris. What is a Jew? Fourth Edition. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1978.

Kolatch, Alfred J. The Jewish Book of Why; Volumes I, II & III. Jonathan David Publisher's Inc., 1981.

Magida, Arthur J. How to be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies. Woodstock, Vermont: Jewish Lights Publishing, Inc., 1995.

Prager, Dennis & Telushkin, Joseph. The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1986.

Samuel, Edith. Your Jewish Lexicon. New York: URJ Press, 1982.

Steinberg, Milton. Basic Judaism. Orlando, FL: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1965.

Telushkin, Joseph. Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People & History. New York: William Morrow & Co. Publishing, Inc., 1991.

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Women's Studies

Biale, Rachel. Women and Jewish Law: The Essential Texts, Their History, & Their Relevance for Today. New York: Schocken Books, 1984.

Grossman, Susan & Haut, Rivka, editors. Daughters of the King: Women and the Synagogue. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1992.

Koltun, Elizabeth, editor. The Jewish Woman: New Perspectives. New York: Schocken Books, 1976.

Orenstein, Debra, editor. Lifecycles, Volume One: Jewish Women on Life Passages and Personal Milestones. Woodstock, Vermont: Jewish Lights Publications, 1994.

Orenstein, Debra, editor. Lifecycles, Volume Two: Jewish Women on Life Themes and Cycles of Meaning. Woodstock, Vermont: Jewish Lights Publications, 1996.

Plaskow, Judith. Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective. San Francisco: Harper, 1990.

Umansky, Ellen and Dianne Ashton. Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality: A Sourcebook. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992.

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Jewish Parenting

Alper, Janice P., editor. Learning Together: A Source Book on Jewish Family Education. Denver: Alternatives in Religious Education, Inc., 1987.

Bial, Morrison David. Your Jewish Child. New York: URJ Press, 1978.

Cardozo, Arlene R. Jewish Family Celebrations. New York: St. Martin?s Press, 1985.

Diamant, Anita and Howard Cooper. Living a Jewish Life: Jewish Tradition, Customs & Values for Today's Families. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc., 1991.

Kushner, Harold. When Children Ask About God: A Guide for Parents Who Don't Always Have All the Answers. New York: Schocken Books, 1995.

Salkin, Jeffrey K. Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Woodstock, Vermont: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1992.

Strassfield, Sharon and Kathy Green. The Jewish Family Book: A Creative Approach to Raising Kids. New York: Bantam Books, 1981.

Syme, Daniel B. The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living. New York: URJ Press, 1988.

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Other Recommended Readings

Blumenthal, David editor. Understanding Jewish Mysticism Volume One & Two. Hoboken, New Jersey: Ktav Publishing House, Inc., 1978.

Grade, Chaim. Translated by Curt Leviant. Aguna. New York: Menorah Publishing Co., Inc., 1978.

Hirt-Manheimer, Aron, editor. The Jewish Condition. New York, URJ Press, 1995.

Kushner, Lawrence B. Honey from the Rock: an Easy Introduction to Jewish Mysticism. Second Edition Woodstock, Vermont: Jewish Lights Publishers, 1990.

Olitzky, Rabbi Kerry M. & Capans, Staurt, MD. Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery: A Personal Guide to Turning from Alcoholism and Other Addictions. Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, Vermont, 1991.

Rottenberg, Dan. Finding our Fathers--A Guide to Jewish Geneology. New York: Random House, 1977.

Sharansky, Natan. Fear No Evil. New York: Random House, 1989.

Vorspan, Albert. Tough Choices. URJ Press, New York,1992.

Whoever is able to write a book and does not, it is as he has lost a child.

--Nachman of Bratslav

 
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