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Suggested Readings

Introduction to Judaism and Jewish Living

  • Catalano, Rosann; Sandmel, David; and Leighton, Christopher, editors. Irreconcilable Differences? A Learning Resource for Jews and Christians. Westview Press, 2001.
  • Cohen, Henry. What's Special about Judaism? Ex Libris, 2001.
  • Diamant, Anita, and Cooper, Howard. Living a Jewish Life. HarperPerennial, 1996.
  • Einstein, Rabbi Stephen J. and Kukoff, Lydia. Every Person's Guide to Judaism. UAHC Press, 1989.
  • Hertzberg, Arthur, and Hirt-Manheimer, Aron. Jews: The Essence and Character of a People. Harper San Francisco, 1998.
  • Heschel, Abraham. The Sabbath. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1996.
  • Jacobs, Rabbi Sidney and Betty J. Clues About Jews For People Who Aren't. Jacobs Ladder Publications, 1985.
  • Kertzer, Rabbi Morris. Revised by Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman. What Is a Jew? Collier Books, 1997.
  • Knobel, Rabbi Peter (ed.) Gates of the Seasons: A Guide to the Jewish Year. CCAR Press, 1992.
  • Kushner, Rabbi Harold. To Life! A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking. Little, Brown, & Co., 1994.
  • Magida, Arthur J. How to be a Perfect Stranger, Vol. 2: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies. Jewish Lights Publishing, 1999.
  • Maslin, Rabbi Simeon, ed. Gates of Mitzvah: A Guide to the Jewish Life Cycle. CCAR Press, 1979.
  • Perelson, Ruth. Invitation to Shabbat. UAHC Press, 1997.
  • Prager, Dennis, and Telushkin, Rabbi Joseph. Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism. Simon & Schuster Inc, 1986.
  • Schulman, Zell. Let My People Eat! Passover Seders Made Simple. Macmillan, 1998.
  • Shapiro, Rabbi Mark Dov. Gates of Shabbat: A Guide for Observing Shabbat. CCAR Press, 1991.
  • Sonsino, Rabbi Rifat and Syme, Daniel B. Finding God: Selected Responses. UAHC Press, 2001.
  • Steinberg, Rabbi Milton. Basic Judaism. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1986.
  • Syme, Rabbi Daniel B. The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living. UAHC Press, 1988.
  • Telushkin, Rabbi Joseph. Jewish Literacy. William Morrow & Co. Inc., 1991.
  • Washofsky, Mark. Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice. UAHC Press, 2001.
  • Zerin, Rabbi Edward, Ph.D. How to Explain Judaism to Your Non-Jewish Neighbor. Isaac Nathan Publishing Co., Inc., Los Angeles, 1997.


  • Cowan, Paul with Cowan, Rachel. Mixed Blessings: Overcoming the Stumbling Blocks in an Interfaith Marriage. Penguin Books, Inc., 1989. 
  • Crohn, Joel. Mixed Matches:  How to Create Successful Interracial, Interethnic & Interfaith Relationships.  Ballantine Books, 1995.
  • Friedland, Ronnie, and Case, Edmund, editors. The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An Handbook. Jewish Lights Publishing, 2001.
  • Glaser, Gabrielle. Strangers to the Tribe. Houghton Mifflin Co., 1997.
  • Hyman, Meryl. "Who Is a Jew?" Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock, VT, 1998.
  • Jacobs, Rabbi Sidney J. and Betty J. 122 Clues for Jews Whose Children Intermarry. Jacobs Ladder Publications, Culver City, CA, 1988.
  • 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? UAHC Press, 1993.
  • Petsonk, Judy, and Remsen, Jim. The Intermarriage Handbook: A Guide for Jews and Christians. Arbor House Publishing Co., William Morrow Co. Inc., 1991.
  • Schneider, Susan Weidman. Intermarriage: The Challenge of Living With Differences Between Christians and Jews. The Free Press, Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1989.


  • Berkowitz, Rabbi Allan L., and Moskovitz, Patti. Embracing the Covenant. Jewish Lights Publishing, 1996.
  • Diamant, Anita. Choosing a Jewish Life. Schocken Books Inc., 1998.
  • Dubner, Stephen J. Turbulent Souls. William Morrow & Co., 1999.
  • Epstein, Lawrence J. Questions and Answers on Conversion to Judaism. Jason Aronson, Inc., 1998.
  • Epstein, Lawrence J. Readings on Conversion to Judaism. Jason Aronson, Inc., 1995.
  • Homolka, Walter; Jacob, Walter and Seidel, Esther. Not By Birth Alone- Conversion to Judaism. Cassell, 1997.
  • Kessel, Barbara. Suddenly Jewish. University Press, 2000.
  • Kling, Simcha, revised by Carl M. Perkins. Embracing Judaism. The Rabbinical Assembly, 1999.
  • Kukoff, Lydia. Choosing Judaism. URJ Press, 1981.
  • Lamm, Maurice. Becoming a Jew. Jonathan David Publishers, Inc., 1991.
  • Lester, Julius. Lovesong: Becoming a Jew. Henry Holt & Company, 1995.
  • McClain, Ellen Jaffe. Embracing the Stranger. Basic Books Inc.,1995.
  • Myrowitz, Catherine Hall. Finding a Home for the Soul. Jason Aronson, Inc., 1995.
  • Romanoff, Lena, with Hostein, Lisa. Your People, My People: Finding Acceptance and Fulfillment as a Jew by Choice. The Jewish Publication Society, 1990.

Jewish Parenting and Grandparenting

  • Abraham, Michelle Shapiro. Good Morning, Boker Tov and Good Night, Lilah Tov. UAHC Press, 2002.
  • Abramowitz, Yosef I., and Silverman, Rabbi Susan. Jewish Family and Life: Traditions, Holidays, and Values for Today's Parents and Children. Golden Books,1997.
  • Brichto, Mira Pollack. The God Around Us: Unending Wonder. UAHC Press, 2001.
  • Danan, Julie Hilton. The Jewish Parent's Almanac. Jason Aronson, Inc, 1997.
  • Diamant, Anita. The New Jewish Baby Book. Summit Books, 1994.
  • Diamant, Anita, and Kushner, Karen. How to Be a Jewish Parent. Schocken Books, Inc., 2000.
  • Freedman, Rabbi B.; Greenberg, Jan; and Katz, Karen. What Does Being Jewish Mean? Read-Aloud Responses to Questions Jewish Children Ask About History, Culture and Religion. Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1991.
  • Gellman, Marc, and Hartman, Thomas. How Do You Spell God? William Morrow & Co., 1995.
  • Grishaver, Joel Lurie. Ten Attitudes of Highly Effective Jewish Grandparents: Patterns for Enhancing & Sustaining Your Grandchildren's ​​​​​​Jewishness. (16-page booklet) Torah Aura Productions, 4423 Fruitland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90058, 1995. Tel: (800) BETORAH (213) 585-7312.
  • Kurshan, Neil. Raising Your Child To Be a Mensch. Ivy Books, 1987.
  • Kushner, Rabbi Harold. When Children Ask About God. Schocken Books Inc., 1995.
  • Kushner, Lawrence, and Kushner, Karen. Because Nothing Looks Like God. Skylight Paths, 2001.
  • Mogel, Wendy. The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children. Scribner Publishing, 2001.
  • Olitzky, Rabbi Kerry M.; Rosman, Rabbi Steven M.; and Kasakove, David P. When Your Jewish Child Asks Why: Answers for Tough Questions. Ktav Publishing House, 1993.
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