Interfaith Families Resources


We have provided you with resources to help you explore Judaism, as well as the challenges of interfaith issues. Perhaps you can begin the journey for answers.

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Friedland, Ronnie, and Edmund Case, eds. The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An Handbook. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2001.

Hyman, Meryl. “Who Is a Jew?”: Conversations, Not Conclusions.Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1999.

Jacobs, Sidney J., and Betty J. Jacobs. 122 Clues for Jews Whose Children Intermarry. Culver City, CA:Jacobs Ladder Publications, 1988.

Judson, Daniel, and Nancy H. Weiner. Meeting at the Well: A Jewish Spiritual Guide to Being Engaged. New York: URJ Press, 2002.

Keen, Jim. Inside Intermarriage: A Christian Partner’s Perspective on Raising a Jewish Family. New York: URJ Press, 2006.

King, Andrea. If I’m Jewish and You’re Christian, What Are the Kids? New York: URJ Press, 1993.

Kushner, Lawrence. Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2001.

Petsonk, Judy, and Jim Remsen. The Intermarriage Handbook: A Guide for Jews and Christians. New York: Harper Paperbacks, 1991.

Conversion/Choosing Judaism

Berkowitz, Allan L., and Patti Moskovitz, eds. Embracing the Covenant: Converts to Judaism Talk About Why & How. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1996.

Diamant, Anita. Choosing a Jewish Life. New York: Schocken Books, Inc., 1998.

Dubner, Stephen J. Choosing My Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief. New York: Harper Perennial, 2006.

Epstein, Lawrence J. Questions and Answers on Conversion to Judaism. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1998.

Homolka, Jacob, and Seidel Homolka. Not By Birth Alone: Conversion to Judaism. Edited by Walter Jacob, Esther Seidel, and Walter Homolka. London: Cassell, 1997.

Kessel, Barbara. Suddenly Jewish: Jews Raised As Gentiles Discover Their Jewish Roots. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2007.

Kukoff, Lydia. Choosing Judaism. Rev. ed. New York: URJ Press, 2005.

Lester, Julius. Lovesong: Becoming a Jew. New York: Arcade Publishing, 1995.

Myrowitz, Catherine Hall. Finding a Home for the Soul: Interviews with Converts to Judaism. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1995.

Romanoff, Lena. Your People, My People: Finding Acceptance and Fulfillment as a Jew by Choice. 2nd ed. Identity Plus, 1999.

Introduction to Judaism and Jewish Living

Cohen, Henry. What’s Special about Judaism? Philadelphia: XLibris, 2006.

Diamant, Anita, and Howard Cooper. Living a Jewish Life: Jewish Traditions, Customs, and Values for Today’s Families. Revised ed. New York: HarperCollins, Publishers 2007.

Einstein, Stephen J., and Lydia Kukoff. Every Person’s Guide to Judaism. New York: URJ Press, 1989.

Hertzberg, Arthur, and Aron Hirt-Manheimer. Jews: The Essence and Character of a People. New York: HarperOne, 1999.

Heschel, Abraham Joshua. The Sabbath. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.

Jacobs, Sidney J. and Betty J. Jacobs. Clues About Jews For People Who Aren’t. Culver City, CA: Jacobs Ladder Publications, 1991.

Kertzer, Morris N., What Is a Jew? revised by Lawrence Hoffman. New York: Touchstone, 1996.

Knobel, Peter ed. Gates of the Seasons: A Guide to the Jewish Year. New York: CCAR Press, 1996.

Kushner, Harold. To Life! A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 1994.

Magida, Arthur J. How to Be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People’s Religious Ceremonies. Vol. 2. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1999.

Maslin, Simeon J., ed. Gates of Mitzvah: A Guide to the Jewish Life Cycle. New York: CCAR Press, 1979.

Perelson, Ruth. An Invitation to Shabbat: A Beginner’s Guide to Weekly Celebration. New York: URJ Press, 1997.

Prager, Dennis, and Joseph Telushkin. The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism. New York: Touchstone, 1986.

Sandmel, David F., Rosann M. Catalano, and Christopher M. Leighton, eds. Irreconcilable Differences? A Learning Resource for Jews and Christians. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2001.

Schulman, Zell. Let My People Eat! Passover Seders Made Simple. San Francisco: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1998.

Shapiro, Mark Dov. Gates of Shabbat: A Guide for Observing Shabbat. New York: CCAR Press, 1996.

Sonsino, Rifat and Daniel B. Syme. Finding God: Ten Jewish Responses. Rev. ed. New York: URJ Press, 2002.

Steinberg, Milton. Basic Judaism. Harvest Books, 1965.

Syme, Daniel B. The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living. URJ Press, (revised) 2003.

Telushkin, Joseph. Jewish Literacy Revised Ed.: The Most Important Things to Know about the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History. New York:William Morrow and Company, 2008.

Washofsky, Mark. Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice. New York: URJ Press, 2001.

Jewish Parenting / Grandparenting

Danan, Julie Hilton. The Jewish Parents’ Almanac. Northvale, New Jersey: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1997.

Diamant, Anita. The New Jewish Baby Book. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1994.

Diamant, Anita, and Karen Kushner. How to Be a Jewish Parent. New York: Schocken Books, 2000.

Doades, Joanne. Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed. Woodstock: Vermont.Jewish Lights Publishing, 2007.

Freedman, E. B., Jan Greenberg and Karen A. Katz. What Does Being Jewish Mean: Read-aloud responses to questions Jewish children ask about history, culture, and religion. New York: Fireside, 2003.

Kushner, Harold. When Children Ask About God. New York: Schocken Books Inc., 1995.

Levin, Sunie. Mingled Roots: A Guide for Jewish Grandparents of Interfaith Families. New York: URJ Press, 2003.

Mogel, Wendy. The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children. New York: Penguin, 2001.

Wolpe, David. Teaching Your Children About God: A Modern Jewish Approach. New York: HarperPerennial, 1995.

Books for Children

Abraham, Michelle Shapiro. Good Morning, Boker Tov. New York: URJ Press, 2001.

Abraham, Michelle Shapiro. Good Night, Lilah Tov. New York: URJ Press, 2002.

Abraham, Michelle Shapiro. Shabbat Shalom! New York:URJ Press 2003.

Gellman, Marc, and Thomas Hartman. How Do You Spell God? New York:HarperTrophy, 1998.

Kress, Camille. Let There Be Lights! New York:URJ Press 1997.

Kress, Camille. A Tree Trunk Seder. New York: URJ Press 2000.

Kushner, Lawrence and Karen Kushner. Because Nothing Looks Like God. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2001.

Older, Effin. My Two Grandmothers. New York: Harcourt Children’s Books, 2000.

Sasso, Sandy. God’s Paintbrush. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1992.

Seidman, Lauren. What Makes Someone a Jew? Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 2007.

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