None is poor save one who lacks knowledge.
~ The Talmud

Make books your companions; let your bookshelves be your gardens: bask in their
beauty, gather their fruit, pluck 
their roses, take their spices and myrrh. 
And when your
soul be weary, change from garden to garden, and from
prospect to prospect.
~ Ibn Tibbon, c. 1120-1190, Spanish Jewish scholar

Lifelong learning is key to a healthy mind. Below are some book recommendations for you; these may be found in our own Blachschleger Library available for loan.
We would also like to increase this list through your own recommendations. Please remember that this is specifically for books with Jewish content. Contact the webmaster with the book name, author and category.

No bibliography of books relating to all aspects of Judaism can be all-inclusive. For “Significant Jewish Books” as suggested by URJ, click here.

Basic and General

What’s Special about Judaism?

By Cohen, Henry


Living a Jewish Life: Jewish Traditions, Customs,
and Values for Today’s Families
By Diamant, Anita, and Howard Cooper


Every Person’s Guide to Judaism

by Einstein, Stephen J., and Lydia Kukoff


Jews: The Essence and Character of a People
By Hertzberg, Arthur, and Aron Hirt-Manheimer


What Is a Jew?
By Kertzer, Morris N., revised by Lawrence Hoffman


Gates of the Seasons: A Guide to the Jewish Year
by Knobel, Peter, ed.


To Life! A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking
by Kushner, Harold


Gates of Mitzvah: A Guide to the Jewish Life Cycle
By Maslin, Simeon J., ed.


The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism
by Prager, Dennis, and Joseph Telushkin


Finding God: Ten Jewish Responses
By Sonsino, Rifat and Daniel B. Syme


Basic Judaism
By Steinberg, Milton


The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living
By Syme, Daniel B.


Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things
to Know about the Jewish Religion, Its People,
and Its History
By Telushkin, Joseph


Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice
By Washofsky, Mark


Jewish Celebrations and Holidays


Jewish Holidays All Year Round

(written for children)
By Cooper, Ilene


The Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays
By Drucker, Malka


The Sabbath
By Heschel, Abraham Joshua


An Invitation to Shabbat: A Beginner’s Guide to

Weekly Celebration
By Perelson, Ruth


Gates of Shabbat: A Guide for Observing Shabbat
By Shapiro, Mark Dov




Clues About Jews For People Who Aren’t

By Jacobs, Sidney J. and Betty J. Jacobs


How to Be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette
in Other People’s Religious Ceremonies
By Magida, Arthur J., Vol. 2.


Irreconcilable Differences? A Learning Resource for
Jews and Christians
By Sandmel, David F., Rosann M. Catalano, and

Christopher M. Leighton, eds.

Jewish Cookbooks

The Art of Jewish Cooking

By Grossinger, Jennie


The Sephardic Culinary Tradition
By Menasce, Elsie


Let My People Eat! Passover Seders Made Simple
By Schulman, Zell


From Generation To Generation
By Temple Beth Or (Available in our Temple Gift Shop)


 Adult Fiction


Rashi’s Daughters, Book I (Joheved) and Book II (Miriam)

By Anton, Maggie


The Red Tent
By Diamant, Anita


The Chosen
By Potok, Chaim

The Book Thief
By Zusak, Markus


 Children’s Fiction – Ages 5 – 12


Molly’s Pilgrim

By Cohen, Barabara and Daniel Mark Duffy


Kaddish for Grandpa in Jesus’ Name Amen
By Howe, James


My Two Grandmothers
By Older, Effin and Nancy Hayashi


Love From Your Friend, Hannah
By Skolsy, Mindy Warshaw and Laura Hamilton


There’s No Such Thing as a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein
By Sussman, Susan and Charles Robinson


The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate
(fiction based on true story)
by Whitman, Albert


 Young Adult Fiction – Ages 12 & up


Rashi’s Daughter, Secret Scholar

(YA version of Rashi’s Daughter, Book I)
By Anton, Maggie


Real Time
By Kass, Pnina Moed


A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life
By Reinhardt, Dana