A Reform Judaism Reader chronicles the history of Reform Judaism from its roots in Western Europe until today. Included in the book are historical documents and writings by renowned authors that reflect the on-going evolution of Reform Judaism. These entries form a resource of enormous importance to anyone interested in the Reform movement's history, its present status, and its current direction.
Change is - and always has been - one of the defining characteristics of the Reform Movement. Throughout its history, it has been able to successfully adapt its relationship to tradition and Jewish heritage to meet the spiritual needs of the majority of American Jews. Its stances on halachah, ritual, social justice, and many other key issues have evolved significantly over the past two centuries, making contemporary Reform Judaism far different from what it was at its beginning, and even a generation ago.
A Reform Jewish Reader covers such areas as theology, social action, the Sabbath, outreach, and education.
Ideal for high school and adult education study
Each document preceded by an introduction by the authors
A complete reference collection for every Reform Judaism home and library
As both authors are known for their role in documenting the growth of the Reform Movement, this book is sure to aid readers in understanding the changes that have occurred over the 200 year history.
Michael A. Meyer is the Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History, HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, OH. He specializes in Jewish intellectual history and the history of Reform Judaism.
W. Gunther Plaut is the distinguished author of two URJ Press books, The Haftarah Commentary and The Torah: A Modern Commentary.
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.