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 May 30, 2019), 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, Alan and Patti Moskovitz
  • Choosing a Jewish Life by Diamant, Anita
  • To Be A Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life by Donin, Hayim Halevy
  • Choosing Judaism by Kukoff, Lydia
  • Becoming a Jew by Lamm, Maurice
  • Welcome to the Family! Opening Doors to the Jewish Experience by Shenker, Lois


  • Understanding Judaism by Blech, Benjamin
  • The UAHC Kids Catalog of Jewish Living by Burstein, Chaya
  • Living a Jewish Life: Jewish Traditions, Customs, and values for Today’s Families by Diamant, Anita and Howard Cooper
  • Judaism’s 10 Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seekers by Green, Arthur
  • The Book of Jewish Belief by Jacobs, Louis
  • The Jewish Book of Why by Kolatch, Alfred
  • To Life! A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking by Kushner, Harold
  • America’s Jewish Women by Nadell, Pamela
  • The How-to Handbook for Jewish Living by Olitzky, Kerry and Ronald Isaacs
  • The Second How to Handook for Jewish Living by Olitzky, Kerry and Ronald Isaacs
  • A Glossary of Jewish Life by Olitzky, Kerry and Ronald Isaacs
  • Essential Judaism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs, and Rituals by Robinson, George
  • Jewish with Feeling by Schachter-Shalomi, Zalman
  • While Standing on One Foot by Jaffe, Nina and Steve Zeitlin & John Segal
  • It’s a Mitzvah: Step-by-Step to Jewish Living by Shavit Artson, Bradley
  • The First Jewish Catalog by Siegel, Richard and Michael & Sharon Strassfeld
  • The Book of Jewish Values by Telushkin, Joseph
  • Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History by Telushkin, Joseph
  • Down to Earth Judaism: Food, Money, Sex, and the Rest of Life by Waskow, Arthur
  • Old New Land by Theodore Herzl
  • Wanderings by Potok, Chaim

Holidays & Home Observance:

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

Death & Mourning:

  • Mourning & Mitzvah by Brener, Anne
  • Why Bad Things Happen to Good People by Kushner, Harold
  • A Guide to Life by Rabinowitz, Louis


  • Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow by Green, Arthur
  • Essential Kabbalah by Matt, Daniel C.

Torah Study & Prayer:

  • Etz Hayim Study Companion by Blumenthal, Jacob & Janet Liss
  • To Pray as a Jew: A Guide to the Prayer Book and the Synagogue Service by Donin, Hayim Halevy
  • Entering Jewish Prayer by Hammer, Reuven
  • Artscroll Youth Pirkei Avos by Scherman, Nosson and Meir Zlotowitz
  • Biblical Literacy by Telushkin, Joseph