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Jewish Books and Libraries: A Match Made in Heaven



by Ellen Tilman I am in Jewish book heaven. I’ve been dreaming about what new books I will purchase for my congregational library ever since attending the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL). Why do I attend this conference and what do I gain from it? At the Meyers Library of Reform […]

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A Sleeper Has A-Wouk



I read Herman Wouk’s new novel about Moses in a single sitting, a tribute both to his skill as a storyteller and the absence of any need to give much thought to the substance of the tale. I guess that, deep in his nineties, Wouk is entitled to the privilege of self-indulgence, but certainly The […]

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Shabbat Observance: Books to Get You Started



Interested in observing Shabbat in your home but not sure where to begin? These books and other resources can guide you in creating a meaningful home observance of Shabbat. If you already celebrate Shabbat in your home, tell us: What books or resources helped you get started?

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PJ Library & the Gift of Jewish Books



by Ann Koffsky I am an illustrator and/or author of books for children, many of them for URJ Books & Music. Because I am a storyteller, I thought I would – you guessed it – tell the story of how my book Noah’s Swim-A-Thon came to be. Once upon a time, I lived in the […]

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In the Shadow of the Holocaust, Murray Sendak Shows Us Ourselves



As someone who grew up reading Little Golden Books in which mommies and daddies take care of their obedient children, I love how Maurice Sendak’s stories, by contrast, dive right into the fray of real life—warts and all.  As a librarian, I also appreciate what a pioneer Sendak was and how his stories and illustrations […]

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“What Must Be Said”: Günter Grass, My Book & Me



by Erika Dreifus In 2006, Günter Grass’s confession that he’d been a member of the Waffen SS surprised me. But it didn’t depress me. It didn’t anger me. Grass seemed appropriately ashamed and regretful. I knew him to be an advocate for Germany’s recognition of its Nazi past. He wasn’t asking for my forgiveness, but […]

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Ben-Gurion: A Political Life



by Peter Shapiro The authors, Shimon Perez and David Landau, made it clear from the outset that their views on David Ben-Gurion as a man, his accomplishments and failures, as well as his vision for Israel could be considered biased. Perez, the current President of Israel, was his friend and worked with him for many […]

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The List



by Peter Shapiro Imagine, if you can, that you are one of the protagonists in Martin Fletcher’s novel The List. It might be Edith or Georg who fled Vienna one step ahead of the Gestapo, leaving family and friends behind. They met for the first time in Paris and once again eluded the Gestapo, finding […]

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Ben-Gurion: A Book and An Encounter



by David Stein The story of  Ben-Gurion as related by Shimon Peres is part of a series titled “Jewish Encounters.”  Truly, the text is an encounter with a historic political and cultural figure. Unless one is schooled in Israeli history and politics, the name Ben-Gurion is known as a leading figure in the move toward […]

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The List: A novel by Martin Fletcher



by David Stein “Why don’t they want us? Why is there so much hospitality towards us”; asks Edith, a refugee from the Holocaust living in England.  How do we answer that question? When our homes and culture is destroyed where do we go? This question is the theme that ties together the Jewish Experience in […]

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Book Discussion: Sacred Trash



by David SteinRead the review of this book in Reform Judaism magazine Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of The Cairo Genizaby Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole When I am travelling I enjoy visiting flea markets and neighborhood garage sales hoping to find a local treasure from objects others deemed as trash. Even if […]

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Book Discussion: Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of The Cairo Geniza



by Peter ShapiroRead the review of this book in Reform Judaism magazineSee other Significant Jewish Books Prior to reading Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of The Cairo Genizaby Adina Hoffman and Peter Coles if asked to define a geniza myresponse would have been: “a place to bury sacred text that containedthe name of […]

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Book Discussion: To the End of the Land



by Peter ShapiroRead the review of this book in Reform Judaism magazineSee other Significant Jewish Books David Grossman’s somber and haunting novel, To the End of the Land, explores the dark cloud of war that hangs over the heads of every Israeli family. The author is a Sabra born in 1954 who experienced many of […]

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The Eichmann Trial



by Peter ShapiroRead the review of this book in Reform Judaism magazineSee other Significant Jewish Books Deborah Lipstad transports her readers back in time to Jerusalem sixteen years after May 8, 1945  V-E Day and the end of the Shoah, and thirteen years after May 14, 1948 when Israel became an independent state. The specific […]

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