Best Jewish Conservative Movements Books

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1. Remix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World

Author: by Roberta Rosenthal Kwall
266 pages

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Remix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World offers an eloquent and thoughtful new vision for all Jews seeking a sense of belonging in a changing world, regardless of their current level of observance. Kwall sets out a process of selection, rejection, and modification of rituals that allow for a focus on Jewish tradition rather than on the technicalities of Jewish law.

Her goal is not to sell her own religious practices to readers but, rather, to encourage them to find their own personal meaning in Judaism outside the dictates of Commandment by broadening their understanding of how law, culture and tradition fit together.

In Remix Judaism, Kwall inspires her audience to be intentional and mindful about the space they allocate for these elements in defining their individual Jewish journeys and identities.

2. Stepping Forward Together

Rowman & Littlefield
250 pages

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Stepping Forward Together is a call to action for strategic thinking in synagogue and other religious community planning. At a time of external turmoil affecting every community, leaders need to look beyond short-term fixes to focus on sustainable strategy. Without sidestepping tough realities, positive leaders can maintain focus on their communal vision while following a careful plan to implement change.

Expert leadership consultant Robert Leventhal presents a step-by-step guide to stepping forward into that strategic change. Annotated guides explain how to form a committee, develop a planning calendar, gather and analyze input, and develop a vision for the future. Leventhal guides readers through a campaign for expanding leadership capacity by forming a planning committee and task forces.

He uses real-life cases to illustrate the struggles and successes of strategic planning. An essential volume for all religious community leaders in and outside the Jewish faith, Stepping Forward Together welcomes readers into a vigorous method of planning to achieve unparalleled community growth.

3. The Everyday Torah: Weekly Reflections and Inspirations

Author: by Bradley Artson
McGraw-Hill Education
384 pages

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Like any classic, the Torah appears in different guises with each rereading. Its infinite layers of meaning and depth offer the opportunity to harvest anew, without any fear of exhausting its supply of wisdom, counsel, and kedushah (holiness). To encounter Torah is to encounter God.

From the Introduction In this inspiring collection, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson illuminates the sacred text at the heart of Jewish spirituality. Enlightening and original, The Everyday Torah brings the ancient text to life with poignant reflections that will guide to you to a deeper understanding of the Torah, of Judaism, of yourself.

“Torah goes its weekly way, and we go ours, and do the two paths ever cross? They cross often in many minds and hearts, but when it is Bradley Shavit Artson who provides their point of intersection, the crossroads widens into a town square.” -Jack Miles, author of God: A Biography “Every page is a joy to read.

Many, many readers will treasure this book.” -Richard Elliott Friedman, author of Commentary on the Torah and Who Wrote the Bible? “Rabbi Bradley Artson remains one of the most inviting of modern day teachers of Torah. This book will offer needed guidance and inspiration to all who turn its pages.” -Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

4. Letters to Talia

Author: by Dov Indig
Gefen Publishing House
190 pages

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Originally published in Hebrew, it was an Israeli bestseller, with over 50,000 copies sold! Letters to Talia describes the rich cultural worlds of a yeshiva student and a kibbutz girl who succeed in creating a dialogue of understanding and compassion. Their distant outlooks meet in a meaningful and touching dialogue that reveals how much common ground they share despite their divergent worldviews.

Letters to Talia is an exceptional, engaging book that brings hope to those seeking a serious dialogue and real understanding between the religious and secular in Israeli society today.

5. The Strange Ways of Providence In My Life (An Amazing WW2 Survival Story (A Jewish Girl's Holocaust Book Memoir))

Author: by Krystyna Carmi
312 pages

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A young girl’s survival story against all odds in the face of pure evil. Krystyna’s childhood was full of happy moments, friends, both Polish and Ukrainian, and a loving family. But her happy childhood did not last long; World War II changed it forever.

Krystyna’s family, together with the Jewish community of her small village, was forced to live in the Koomyja ghetto, where people died of hunger and physical exhaustion. But the worst was yet to comeHer parents and two older sisters were brutally murdered, and young Krystyna was left all by herself.

With no one to look after her, she had to survive on her own. She faced unimaginable hunger, thirst and fear. Yet, against all odds, she managed to survive. The book contains a unique collection of more than 100 photos, taken by Krystyna’s father, a professional photographer, who sent them to his family in Israel before the war.

Krystyna’s powerful memoir will leave you breathless and heartbroken, and at the same full of inspiration and hope.

6. Symbols of the Kabbalah: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives

Author: by Sanford L. Drob
Jason Aronson, Inc.
436 pages

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Symbols of the Kabbalah: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives provides a philosophical and psychological interpretation of the major symbols of the theosophical Kabbalah. It shows that the Kabbalah, particularly as it is expressed in the school of Isaac Luria, provides a coherent and comprehensive account of the cosmos, and humanity’s role within it, that is intellectually, morally, and spiritually significant for contemporary life.

7. To Heal the World?: How the Jewish Left Corrupts Judaism and Endangers Israel

Author: by Jonathan Neumann
288 pages

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A devastating critique of the presumed theological basis of the Jewish social justice movementthe concept of healing the world. What is tikkun olam? This obscure Hebrew phrase means literally healing the world, and according to Jonathan Neumann, it is the master concept that rests at the core of Jewish left wing activism and its agenda of transformative change.

Believers in this notion claim that the Bible asks for more than piety and moral behavior; Jews must also endeavor to make the world a better place. In a remarkably short time, this seemingly benign and wholesome notion has permeated Jewish teaching, preaching, scholarship and political engagement.

There is no corner of modern Jewish life that has not been touched by it. This idea has led to overwhelming Jewish participation in the social justice movement, as such actions are believed to be biblically mandated. There’s only one problem: the Bible says no such thing.

In this lively theological polemic, Neumann shows how tikkun olam, an invention of the Jewish left, has diluted millennia of Jewish practice and belief into a vague feel-good religion of social justice. Neumann uses religious and political history to debunk this pernicious idea, and shows how the Bible was twisted by Jewish liberals to support a radical left-wing agenda.

8. The Happiness Prayer: Ancient Jewish Wisdom for the Best Way to Live Today

Author: by Evan Moffic
208 pages

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What makes us happy? It’s not what you think. Stress is everywhere. Clever marketing has led us to believe in chasing happiness down a path that doesn’t lead anywhere.There is an answer.It’s not a secret. An ancient formula can help.

2000 years ago there was a prayer. A prayer for happiness. You can follow these ten practices in it. The prayer has helped thousands of people. No matter where you are in life, finding purpose is easier than you think. Rabbi Evan Moffic knows the power of prayer.

He was called to lead a synagogue at thirty. The prayer became his guidepost. It provided him with the wisdom to lead beyond his years.It made him happy. It’s not a typical prayer. It’s an active prayer.You will live it.

The magic is not in the words. It’s in the way the words will change your life. You will discover those words in this book and the ten life-changing practices it reveals. Get started on your new life, now, with just one click.

9. Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home

Author: by Leah Lax
256 pages

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In Uncovered, Leah Lax tells her story-beginning as a young teen who left her liberal, secular home for life as a Hasidic Jew and ending as a forty-something woman who has to abandon the only world she’s known for thirty years in order to achieve personal freedom.

In understated, crystalline prose, Lax details her experiences with arranged marriage, fundamentalist faith, and motherhood during her years with the Hasidim, and explores how her creative, sexual, and spiritual longings simmer beneath the surface throughout her time there. The first memoir to tell of a gay woman who spent years in the Hasidic fold, Uncovered is the moving story of Lax’s journey toward finding a home where she truly belongs.

10. The Birth of Conservative Judaism: Solomon Schechter's Disciples and the Creation of an American Religious Movement

Author: by Michael Cohen
Columbia University Press
232 pages

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Solomon Schechter (18471915), the charismatic leader of New York’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), came to America in 1902 intent on revitalizing traditional Judaism. While he advocated a return to traditional practices, Schechter articulated no clear position on divisive issues, instead preferring to focus on similarities that could unite American Jewry under a broad message.Michael R.

Cohen demonstrates how Schechter, unable to implement his vision on his own, turned to his disciples, rabbinical students and alumni of JTS, to shape his movement. By midcentury, Conservative Judaism had become the largest American Jewish grouping in the United States, guided by Schechter’s disciples and their continuing efforts to embrace diversity while eschewing divisive debates.

Yet Conservative Judaism’s fluid boundaries also proved problematic for the movement, frustrating many rabbis who wanted a single platform to define their beliefs. Cohen demonstrates how a legacy of tension between diversity and boundaries now lies at the heart of Conservative Judaism’s modern struggle for relevance.

11. A Student's Obligation: Advice from the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto

Author: by Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Schapira
262 pages

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The last hasidic rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto explores many facets of spiritual growth and character development.

12. B'kol Echad: In One Voice (English and Hebrew Edition)

Author: by Cantor Jeffrey Shiovitz
English, Hebrew
124 pages

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The best-selling songster found in homes throughout the world. Includes Shabbat and Holiday blessings, Z’mirot, Hebrew songs, Grace after Meals, Songs of Israel, Wedding Blessings. Personalized covers are available for your organization or family celebrations. To order personalized B’kol Echad benchers, visit www.Haggadahsrus.Com.

13. Tiku Shofar Mahzor (English and Hebrew Edition)

Author: by Shoshana Silberman
English, Hebrew
200 pages

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A mahzor for children’s/junior congregations and family services, illustrated with two-color pages and gender-free translations. Also useful for class study with older synagogue school students. Tiku Shofar features discussion starters, thoughts, questions, and stories to tell and share. It contains both the traditional first blessing of the Amidah and an alternate version with forefathers and mothers.

An excellent sourcebook for teachers and families.

14. Conservative Judaism: Our Ancestors to Our Descendants

Author: by Elliot N. Dorff
294 pages

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An authoritative sourcebook on the origins and philosophy of the Conservative Movement. This updated edition addresses recent developments and continues to function as a guide for those who want to understand “the meaningfulness, the intelligence, and the spirituality of Judaism.”