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Introduction to Judaism: Text Book List

Required Books

  • Diamant, Anita, Living a Jewish Life, HarperCollins, 2007. $16.99
  • Green, Arthur, Judaism's 10 Best Ideas, Jewish Lights, 2014. $9.99
  • Silberman, Shoshana, A Family Haggadah, Kar-Ben, 2011. $4.95
  • Sonsino, Rifat and Syme, Daniel, Finding God: Selected Responses, Behrman House/URJ Press, 2002. $14.95
  • Wylen, Stephen, Settings of Silver, Paulist Press, 2000. $24.95

We recommend that you buy The Jewish Study Bible instead of a Hebrew/English Tanach. It is an excellent resource, as it contains the JPS translation along with commentary on the biblical text, as well as essays and maps. A Jewish Bible (Tanach) (JPS English translation) will be used in the class.
The Jewish Study Bible, Oxford University Press, 2004 or 2014. $45.00

We also recommend you buy a guide for observing Shabbat.
Zion/Fields-Meyer, A Day Apart: Shabbat at Home, Shalom Hartman Institute, 2004. $24.95

Books are available (new and used) online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and as e-books.
Please make sure you buy the most recent edition of the books.


Diamant, Anita, Choosing a Jewish Life, Schocken, 1998. $16.95 - Highly recommend for participants interested in conversion

Scheindlin, Raymond, A Short History of the Jewish People, Oxford University Press, 1998. $17 -  Recommended for participants interested in academic historiography on the subject

Syme, Daniel. The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living, 2017. $16.95 - Recommended for participants looking for a clear and comprehensive introduction to Jewish holidays and life-cycle events. 

Waskow, Arthur, Seasons of Joy, Jewish Lights, 2012. $18.95 - Recommended for participants interested in exploring both the basics and the deeper meaning of the Jewish holidays 


Please contact Intro Director, Rabbi Sabine Meyer.