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,
Every Person’s Guide to Judaism
by Einstein, Stephen J., and Lydia Kukoff
Jews: The Essence and Character of a People
What Is a Jew?
Gates of the Seasons: A Guide to the Jewish Year
To Life! A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking
Gates of Mitzvah: A Guide to the Jewish Life Cycle
The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism
Finding God: Ten Jewish Responses
The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living
Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things
Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice
Jewish Celebrations and Holidays
Jewish Holidays All Year Round
(written for children)
The Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays
An Invitation to Shabbat: A Beginner’s Guide to
Gates of Shabbat: A Guide for Observing Shabbat
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
Irreconcilable Differences? A Learning Resource for
Christopher M. Leighton, eds.
The Art of Jewish Cooking
By Grossinger, Jennie
The Sephardic Culinary Tradition
Let My People Eat! Passover Seders Made Simple
From Generation To Generation
Rashi’s Daughters, Book I (Joheved) and Book II (Miriam)
By Anton, Maggie
The Red Tent
The Book Thief
Children’s Fiction – Ages 5 – 12
By Cohen, Barabara and Daniel Mark Duffy
Kaddish for Grandpa in Jesus’ Name Amen
My Two Grandmothers
Love From Your Friend, Hannah
There’s No Such Thing as a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein
The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate
Young Adult Fiction – Ages 12 & up
Rashi’s Daughter, Secret Scholar
(YA version of Rashi’s Daughter, Book I)
A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life