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JoAnn’s Lending Library

Dear Students,

Since my own “Introduction to Judaism” when I took the class with the Oregon Board of Rabbis in 1997, I’ve been amassing my own personal library of Jewish books. I have hand-selected some of these books to share with you. This is a very “UN-OFFICIAL” lending library, because it’s not connected with the Oregon Board of Rabbis – it is just my own collection. Here’s how it works:

  1. Please borrow only ONE book at a time. When you return the book, you may borrow another one.
  2. When you borrow a book, fill out the “library card” with your name & phone, and give it to JoAnn.
  3. You can borrow the book as long as needed during the semester (final due date is at the last class of the term), but if you’re not actively reading a book, please return it so someone else can.

Thank you!


JoAnn’s Lending Library Titles


  • Embracing the Covenant: Converts to Judaism Talk about Why and How by Berkowitz & Moskovitz
  • Choosing a Jewish Life by Diamant
  • To Be A Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life by Donin
  • Choosing Judaism by Kukoff
  • Becoming a Jew by Lamm
  • Your People, My People by Romanoff
  • Jewish Conversion: Its Meaning & Laws by Schwartz
  • Welcome to the Family! Opening Doors to the Jewish Experience by Shenker


  • Understanding Judaism by Blech
  • The UAHC Kids Catalog of Jewish Living by Burstein
  • Living a Jewish Life: Jewish Traditions, Customs, and values for Today’s Families by Diamant & Cooper
  • Tough Questions Jews Ask by Feinstein
  • Judaism’s 10 Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seekers by Green
  • The Book of Jewish Belief by Jacobs
  • The Jewish Book of Why by Kolatch
  • To Life! A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking by Kushner
  • America’s Jewish Women by Nadell
  • The Book of Jewish Wisdom by Neusner
  • The How-to Handbook for Jewish Living by Olitzky & Isaacs
  • The Second How to Handbook for Jewish Living by Olitzky & Isaacs
  • A Glossary of Jewish Life by Olitzky & Isaacs
  • Essential Judaism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs, and Rituals by Robinson
  • Judaism & Justice by Schwarz
  • While Standing on One Foot by Jaffe, Zeitlin & Segal
  • It’s a Mitzvah: Step-by-Step to Jewish Living by Shavit Artson
  • The First Jewish Catalog by Siegel & Strassfeld
  • The Second Jewish Catalog by Strassfeld
  • The Third Jewish Catalog by Strassfeld
  • The Book of Jewish Values by Telushkin
  • Jewish Wisdom by Telushkin
  • Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History by Telushkin
  • Down to Earth Judaism: Food, Money, Sex, and the Rest of Life by Waskow


  • The Idiots Guide to Jewish History by Blech
  • Routledge Atlas of Jewish History by Gilbert
  • Old New Land by Herzl
  • Wanderings by Potok
  • The History of the Jewish People by Sarna
  • Night by Wiesel

Holidays & Home Observance:

  • How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household by Greenberg
  • The Sabbath by Heschel
  • Jewish Days: A Book of Jewish Life and Culture Around the Year by Klagsbrun
  • The Book of Jewish Sacred Practice: CLAL’s Guide to Everyday & Holiday Rituals and Blessings by Kula & Ochs
  • Kashruth: A Comprehensive Background and Reference Guide to the Principles of Kashruth by Lipschutz
  • Friday Night and Beyond: The Shabbat Experience Step-by-Step by Palatnik
  • The Jewish Holidays: A Guide & Commentary by Strassfeld

Life Cycle:

  • The New Jewish Wedding by Diamant
  • Mourning & Mitzvah by Brener
  • Why Bad Things Happen to Good People by Kushner
  • Mingled Roots by Levin
  • A Guide to Life by Rabinowitz
  • What to do when you are Dating a Jew by Weiss
  • Heavenly Sex by Westheimer

God, Mysticism, Spirituality:

  • Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow by Green
  • Essential Kabbalah by Matt
  • Sacred Intentions by Olitzky
  • Jewish with Feeling by Schachter-Shalomi
  • This is my God by Wouk

Torah Study & Prayer:

  • Etz Hayim Study Companion by Blumenthal & Liss
  • To Pray as a Jew: A Guide to the Prayer Book and the Synagogue Service by Donin
  • Entering Jewish Prayer by Hammer
  • Guide for the Perplexed by Maimonides
  • Perkei Imahot by Posen & Shenker
  • Understanding the Hebrew Bible by Rabin
  • Artscroll Youth Pirkei Avos by Scherman & Zlotowitz
  • Biblical Literacy by Telushkin