Reading Judaic material is an important part of the Introduction to Judaism Class and will enhance your learning as you proceed through the eighteen week course
The JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh (Amazon) (Mult. Co. Library)
We suggest that you read the Chumash (Hebrew/English Bible with commentaries) on a weekly basis, corresponding to the Shabbat Torah readings in synagogues. Find the weekly Torah reading here. By looking in your Bible, under “CONTENTS,” you will find the listings of the readings from the Five Books of Moses (Torah), giving the Hebrew, Greek and transliterated Hebrew name of each book and the names of the readings contained there.
To Life! A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking by Harold Kushner (Amazon) (Mult. Co. Library)
This is a good book with which to begin your study. It gives a helpful overview of Jewish observance and philosophy.
Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary by Michael Strassfield (Amazon)
Here is an excellent description of Jewish Holidays, how and why we celebrate both as communities and in family homes.
Jewish Wisdom: Ethical, Spiritual, and Historical Lessons from the Great Works and Thinkers by Joseph Telushkin (Amazon)
For those considering conversion:
- Your People, My People: Finding Acceptance and Fulfillment As a Jew by Choice by Lena Romanoff (Amazon)
- Choosing Judaism by Lidia Kukoff (Amazon)
- Welcome to the Family! Opening Doors to the Jewish Experience by Lois Shenker (Amazon)
Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides (Amazon)
Judaismâ€™s 10 Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seekers by Arthur Green (Amazon)
The Book of Jewish Practice by Louis Jacobs (Amazon)
As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg (Amazon)
Understanding the Hebrew Bible by Elliot Rabin (Amazon)
The Routledge Atlas of Jewish History by Martin Gilbert (Amazon)