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If you’re looking for a place to start learning more about current social justice issues, these book recommendations are for you.

Evan Traylor and Zoe Goodman
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Aaron Hahn Tapper talks about weaving together the multiple ways Jews identify in terms of culture, ethnicity, nation, nationality, race, religion.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
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Growing up, my newfound love of Yiddish music became my cultural ambassador moment, my way of sharing a Jewish cultural aspect with my broader community.

Courtney Naliboff
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Want to expand your personal Jewish library? You’ve come to the right place. This year, CCAR Press will release 11 new titles, spanning topics from liberal Zionism to civic engagement.

Rabbi Hara Person
Headshot of Daniel Gordis in blue shirt

Rabbi Daniel Gordis says he wrote Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn because he couldn’t find a history of Israel that captured its “extraordinary human drama."

Rabbi Robert Orkand

A compelling new biography dispels rumors and debunks myths about the roots of Hitler’s anti-Semitism.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

What drove a Reform rabbi to write a book about Jesus aimed at both Christians and Jews?

Deborah Rood Goldman
Boxing Gloves

Renowned boxing historian Mike Silver revives the glorious era of boxing, when from the early 1900s to the late 1930s, Jewish fighters were a dominant force with 29 world champions and nearly 200 title contenders. Encyclopedic in scope, the volume is richly illustrated with 255 photos, some of them lost for years.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

By the time she was 3 years old, Jazz Jennings (not her original first name or her real last name) knew she was meant to be a girl. In her new book Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teenager, Jazz tells her story, including how she and her family became reality TV stars and outspoken advocates for transgender rights.

Kate Bigam
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