Adolescence, one of the most change-filled periods in life, is both turbulent and exciting. New opportunities, emotions, and spiritual challenges seem to be around every corner. To our teenagers, it is important for us to convey a sense that each young person is treasured, to strengthen existing...
At the 2005 URJ Biennial in Houston, Texas, Rabbi Eric Yoffie stated, "That our kids need our guidance and support is indisputable. Judaism has something to say to them. It tells them that the guiding principle of sexuality in the Jewish tradition is K’doshim tih’yu- 'You shall be holy,' which...
From the authors who brought you the highly acclaimed Pirke Avot: A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics comes another thoughtful work exploring a Jewish classic. This most recent publication, Shemonah Perakim, explores an important work of the twelfth-century scholar Moses Maimonides...
Designed to be used by both beginning and advanced Talmud students, Talmud for Everyday Living: Employer-Employee Relations provides a Jewish perspective on issues that affect our everyday lives in the workplace. The carefully selected talmudic passages, presented in both the original and...
For many families, the entrance into Jewish life and the synagogue begins when their children are at the preschool level. This is a time of many tender beginnings, as the parents begin to give serious attention to the identity they would like to establish for their new family.
My Jewish World: An Early Childhood Music Curriculum (Book/CD set)
Music can be a wonderfully effective teaching tool for preschool aged children. My Jewish World guides teachers through the process of introducing and utilizing song in the classroom to teach Jewish values.
In her comprehensive and easy to follow book, Judy Caplan Ginsburgh includes twenty-six songs, religious and secular, that will help to facilitate an environment of fun and learning. Each song addresses important Jewish concepts and many use Hebrew words and prayers. Judy provides comments, activities, and creative ideas, specific for each song, which can be used in the classroom to learn about being Jewish every day. The importance of saying the Sh'ma each morning, learning the Hebrew words for colors, understanding body parts, and the value of cooperation are only some of the Jewish concepts touched on in the book.
In addition, Judy Ginsburgh includes a list of suggested books for many of the topics. These books help to reinforce and expand the lessons laid out in the curriculum.
With a helpful glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms and the companion music CD, My Jewish World is a wonderful guide to making music significant in the Jewish classroom.
Duties of the Soul: The Role of Commandments in Liberal Judaism
This outstanding anthology of thirteen essays by esteemed leaders of the Reform rabbinate reexamines the role of mitzvot in liberal Judaism as viewed through philosophical, experiential, and practical contexts. In this groundbreaking collection, Niles E. Goldstein and Peter S. Knobel identify the challenges of living as a Reform Jew in today's rapidly changing world.
Coming from a wide range of experiences and viewpoints, the essayists contend that for Judaism to survive, Reform Jews must find a balance between maintaining a strong presence in the arenas of social action and basic Reform principles and adopting a strong ideology of observance, tradition, and literacy.
Includes 13 essays with an introduction by the editors
Authoritative works by key leaders of the Reform movement
Comprehensive look at today's understanding of mitzvot