We are called the "People of the Book" but it would be more correct to call us the "People of the Books." Jewish learning is a lifetime pursuit, and these books are useful companions for the journey.




Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Literacy
Harold Kushner, To Life!
Bradley Shavit Artson, It's a Mitzvah! Step-by-Step to Jewish Living
Anita Diamant, Living a Jewish Life
Kerry Olitsky, The Complete How-To Handbook for Jewish Living
Isaac Klein, A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice
Martin Cohen & Michael Katz, The Observant Life  


Anita Diamant, Choosing a Jewish Life
Allan Berkowitz & Patti Moskovitz, Embracing the Covenant: Coverts to Judaism Talk about Why & How
Steven Carr Reuben and Jennifer Hanin, Becoming Jewish: The Challenges, Rewards, and Paths to Conversion
Paul Cowan, An Orphan in History  

TORAH & BIBLE back to top

Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary, ed. David Leiber
The Jewish Study Bible, eds. Adele Berlin & Marc Brettler
Everett Fox The Five Books of Moses
Bradley Shavit Artson Bedside Torah and Everyday Torah
Richard Elliott Friedman Who Wrote the Bible?
Marc Brettler How to Read the Bible
Robert Alter The Book of Psalms
Abraham Joshua Heschel The Prophets
Tikva Frymer-Kensky Reading the Women of the Bible  

HOLIDAYS & SHABBAT back to top

General Reading:

Michael Strassfeld, The Jewish Holidays
Irving Greenberg, The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays
Paul Steinberg, Celebrating the Jewish Year (3 vols.)
Ron Wolfson, Hanukkah: The Family Guide to Spiritual Celebration
Nina Beth Cardin, Tapestry of Jewish Time  


Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Sabbath
Noam Zion & Shawn Fields-Meyer, A Day Apart: Shabbat At Home
Ron Wolfson, Shabbat: The Family Guide for Preparing for and Welcoming the Sabbath
Ruth Perelson, An Invitation to Shabbat: A Beginners Guide to Weekly Celebration
Eitan Fishbein,TheSabbath Soul  


Noam Zion & David Dishon, A Different Night: A Family Participation Haggadah, (also available in compactedition)
Jonathan Safran Foer & Nathan Englander, The New American Haggadah
Ron Wolfson, Passover:The Family Guide to Spiritual Celebration
Michael Walzer, Exodus and Revolution  

High Holy Days:

Mahzor Lev Shalem (Conservative)
Koren Sacks Rosh HaShanah & Yom Kippur Machzor (Orthodox)
Days of Awe: The Velveteen Rabbi’s Machzor (Renewal)
On Wings of Awe (Reform)
Reuven Hammer, Entering the High Holy Days
Alan Lew, This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared
Simon Wiesenthal, The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
S.Y. Agnon, Days of Awe: A Treasury of Wisdom, Repentance and Reflection  

PRAYER back to top

Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals(Conservative)
Mishkan Tefilah (Reform)
Kol ha-Neshama(Reconstructionist)
The Complete Artscroll Siddur (Orthodox)
Reuven Hammer, Entering Jewish Prayer
Abraham Joshua Heschel, Man's Quest for God
Haim Donin, To Pray as a Jew
Mike Comins, Making Prayer Real  

HISTORY back to top

Raymond Scheindlin, A Short History of the Jewish People
Paul Johnson, A History of the Jews
Shaye Cohen, From the Maccabees to the Mishnah
Mark Cohen, Under Crescent & Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages  

KASHRUT & FOOD back to top

Samuel Dresner & Seymour Siegel, The Jewish Dietary Laws
Joan Nathan, Jewish Holiday Cookbook
Susie Fishbein, Kosher by Design
Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi, Jerusalem: A Cookbook  

LIFECYCLE back to top

Anita Diamant, The New Jewish Baby Book
Debra Nussbaum Cohen, Celebrating Your New Jewish Daughter
Wendy Mogel, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children
Anita Diamant and Karen Kushner, How to Raise a Jewish Child
Jeffrey Salkin, Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Love & Marriage:
Anita Diamant, The New Jewish Wedding
Hayim Shafner, The Everything Jewish Wedding Book
Danya Ruttenberg, The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism
Steve Greenberg, Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition
Perry Netter and Laura Geller, Divorce is a Mitzvah  

Death & Mourning: 
 Anita Diamant, Saying Kaddish: How to Comfort the Dying, Burying the Dead, and Mourn as a Jew
Ron Wolfson, A Time to Mourn, A Time to Comfort: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement
Anne Brenner, Mourning and Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner's Path
Elliot Dorff, Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics
Elie Spitz, Does the Soul Survive?
William Cutter, Midrash and Medicine  

HOLOCAUST back to top

Elie Wiesel, Night
Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl
Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz
Art Spiegelman, Maus: A Survivor's Tale
Menachem Rosensaft, God, Faith, & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors  


Howard Sachar, A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time
Ari Shavit, My Promised Land
Yehuda Amichai, Poems of Jerusalem
Lawrence Hoffman, Israel: A Spiritual Travel Guide
Dan Senor and Saul Singer, Start Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle
Itamar Grinberg, Israel from the Air  

JEWISH THOUGHT back to top

Neil Gillman, Sacred Fragments
Bradley Shavit Artson, God of Becoming and Relationship
Harold Schulweis, For Those Who Can't Believe: Overcoming the Obstacles to Faith
Harold Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Rifat Sonsino & Daniel Syme, Finding God: Selected Responses
David Hartman, A Heart of Many Rooms: Celebrating the Many Voices in Judaism
Adin Steinsaltz, The Essential Talmud
Ruth Calderon,A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales
Barry Holtz, Back to the Sources: Rereading the Classic Jewish Texts
Milton Steinberg, As a Driven Leaf
Sherwin Nuland, Maimonides
Daniel Matt, Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism
Lawrence Kushner, Honey From the Rock
Elie Wiesel, Souls on Fire
Abraham Joshua Heschel, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity: Essays
Jonathan Sacks, To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility
Jill Jacobs, There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice Through Jewish Law and Tradition