Conversion to Judaism Resource Center

A GUIDE TO JEWISH BOOKS AND DVDS

You can acquire Jewish books in a local synagogue library or at a Jewish bookstore. Many books will be available at a public library. Bookstores can order copies of these books, and they may be requested at libraries through inter-library loans.

ENCYCLOPEDIAS
Roth, Cecil and Geoffrey Wigoder, eds. Encyclopaedia Judaica. 16 volumes (Keter, 1972).
Wigoder, Geoffrey. The Encyclopedia of Judaism (Macmillan, 1989).

INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM
Artson, Bradley Shavit. It's a Mitzvah! (Behrman House/Rabbinical Assembly, 1995).
Diamant, Anita and Howard Cooper. Living a Jewish Life (Harper, 1991).
Einstein, Stephen J. and Lydia Kukoff. Every Person's Guide to Judaism (UAHC, 1989).
Einstein, Stephen J. and Lydia Kukoff. Introduction to Judaism: A Course Outline (UAHC, 1983).
Heschel, Abraham Joshua. God in Search of Man (Jason Aronson, 1987).
Jacobs, Louis. The Book of Jewish Beliefs (Behrman House, 1984).
Jacobs, Louis. The Book of Jewish Practice (Behrman House, 1987).
Prager, Dennis and Joseph Telushkin. The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism (Simon & Schuster, 1981).
Siegel, Richard, Michael Strassfeld, and Sharon Strassfeld. The Jewish Catalog (Jewish Publication Society, 1973).
Steinberg, Milton. Basic Judaism (Jason Aronson, 1987).
Trepp, Leo. The Complete Book of Jewish Observance (Behrman House/Summit Books, 1980).
Zerin, Edward. How to Explain Judaism to Your Non-Jewish Neightbor (Isaac Nathan, 1997).

SACRED TEXTS
Holtz, Barry. Back to the Sources (Summit, 1984).
Steinsaltz, Adin. The Essential Talmud (Jason Aronson, 1992).
Tanakh. (Jewish Publication Society, 1985).

JEWISH HISTORY
Seltzer, Robert M. Jewish People, Jewish Thought (Macmillan & Collier, 1980).

HOLOCAUST
Dawidowicz, Lucy S. The War Against the Jews (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1975).
Wiesel, Elie. Night (Hill and Wang, 1960).

ISRAEL
Hertzberg, Arthur. The Zionist Idea (Atheneum, 1972).
Laqueur, Walter. A History of Zionism (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1972).

JEWISH WOMEN
Heschel, Susannah. On Being a Jewish Feminist (Schocken, 1983).
Plaskow, Judith. Standing Again at Sinai (Harper San Francisco, 1991).
Schneider, Susan Weidman. Jewish and Female (Simon & Schuster, 1984).

NOVELS
Antin, Mary. The Promised Land.
Cahan, Abraham. The Rise of David Levinsky.
Kellerman, Faye. The Ritual Bath.
Michener, James. The Source.
Ozick, Cynthia. The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories.
Roth, Henry. Call It Sleep.
Singer, Isaac Bashevis. Gimpel the Fool.
Wouk, Herman. Marjorie Morningstar.

COOKBOOKS
Bishov, Bertha K. Complete American-Jewish Cookbook.
Leonard, Leah. Jewish Cookery.

BOOKS ABOUT CONVERSION TO JUDAISM
Berkowitz, Rabbi Allan L. & Patti Moskovitz. Embracing the Covenant (Jewish Lights, 1996).
Diamant, Anita. Choosing a Jewish Life (Schocken, 1997).
Epstein, Lawrence J. Conversion to Judaism: A Guidebook (Jason Aronson Inc., 1994).
Epstein, Lawrence J. The Theory and Practice of Welcoming Converts to Judaism: Jewish Universalism (Edwin Mellen Press, 1992).
Fink, Nan. Stranger in the Midst: A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery (BasicBooks, 1997).
Kling, Simcha and Carl M. Perkins Embracing Judaism (Rabbinical Assembly, 1999).
Kukoff, Lydia. Choosing Judaism (Hippocrene Books, 1981).
Lamm, Maurice. Becoming a Jew (Jonathan David, 1991).
McClain, Ellen Jaffe. Embracing the Stranger (BasicBooks, 1995).
Myrowitz, Catherine Hall. Finding a Home for the Soul: Interviews with Converts to Judaism (Jason Aronson Inc., 1995).
Romanoff, Lena with Lisa Hostein. Your People, My People: Finding Acceptance and Fulfillment as a Jew by Choice (Jewish Publication Society, 1990).
Silverstein, Rabbi Alan. It All Begins With a Date: Jewish Concerns About Intermarriage (Jason Aronson Inc., 1995).
Silverstein, Rabbi Alan. Preserving Jewishness in Your Family: After Intermarriage Has Occurred (Jason Aronson Inc., 1995).

MOVIES AND VIDEOS
Here are just a few of the many motion pictures about Jewish life.
Avalon. A family film about immigrant life in Baltimore with only limited explicit reference to Jewish values.
Cast a Giant Shadow. This film tells the exciting story of Mickey Marcus, an American who helped Israel.
The Chosen. This is a warm film of Orthodox Jewish life.
Conspiracy of Hearts. A lovely film about how nuns in a convent hide Jews in wartime Italy.
Diary of Anne Frank. A deeply moving film based on the life of the famous Jewish teenager who hid from the Nazis.
Exodus. Based on the novel, this is a sweeping epic about Israel's birth.
Fiddler on the Roof. A musical describing Russian-Jewish life at the end of the 19th century. The music cannot be resisted.
The Fixer. Based on Bernard Malamud's novel, this movie tells the true story of a Russian Jew in prison for killing a Christian child.
The Frisco Kid. A funny movie about a rabbi from Poland who joins up with an outlaw in the American West.
Garden of the Finzi-Continis. A movie about the Holocaust in Italy.
Gentlemen's Agreement. A famous movie about anti-Semitism in the 1940s. Gregory Peck plays a writer who pretends to be Jewish to see how people will react.
Hester Street. This is a wonderful film about life on the Lower East Side of New York at the turn of the century.
Judgment at Nurenberg. This is an outstanding film about the trials of Nazi war criminals.
The Juggler. Starring Kirk Douglas, this film tells the story of a Jewish immigrant's difficult adjustment to Israeli life after the Holocaust.
Lies My Father Told Me. This is a warm and telling glimpse of Jewish family life.
Me and the Colonel. This hilarious film stars Danny Kaye as a Jewish refugee who must join a Polish aristocratic anti-Semite so that they can escape the Nazis.
Night and Fog. This is a devastating documentary about the Holocaust showing horrible scenes of destruction and death.
The Pawnbroker. This is a powerful movie about a Jewish pawnbroker's painful memories of the Holocaust.
School Ties. A student faces anti-Semitism in a prep school.
Yentl. This is Barbra Streisand's loving rendition of the work by Isaac Bashevis Singer about a Jewish girl who lives at a time when women were not allowed to study holy texts.