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The Jewish Outreach Institute strives to be as inclusive and welcoming as possible for all those in our midst. We are currently updating our book recommendations to include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) resources. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions you would like us to consider, please send us an email at info@JOI.org. Other websites that have lists of LGBT Jewish books include this one and this one. Thank you for visiting our website.



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Jewish Family & Life: Traditions, Holidays, and Values for Today's Parents and Children,
by Yosef I. Abramowitz, Susan Silverman. Golden Books, 1998.

This highly-accessible volume includes material useful to parents in interfaith relationships.
Introduction to Judaism: Holidays Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur Survival Kit,
by Shimon Apisdorf. Leviathan Press, 1997.

An introduction to the High Holidays that explains the meaning and beauty of the holidays with humor and accessibility.


Black, Jewish and Interracial: It's Not the Color of Your Skin, but the Race of Your Kin
by Katya Gibel Azoulay. Duke University, 1997.


An exploration of ethnic and cultural identity by the child of a Jewish mother and Jamaican father.

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Choosing Judaism: An Opportunity for Everyone,
by David Belin.

Overview essay on the openness of Judaism to all people, Jews and non-Jews alike, 21 p.
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Embracing the Covenant: Converts to Judaism Talk About Why & How,
by Allan L. Berkowitz and Patti Moskovitz, Jewish Lights, 1996.

Personal accounts by twenty converts to Judaism, this book shares many inspiring stories filled with wisdom and contemplation.

Available from the publisher Jewish Lights


Celebration: The Book of Jewish Festivals,
by Naomi Black. Jonathan David, 1989.

An illustrated book containing information on major Jewish festivals. Includes recipes.


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The Tapestry of Jewish Time: A Spiritual Guide to Holidays and Life-Cycle Events,
by Nina Beth Cardin. Behrman House, 2000.

An illuminating guide through the roots of Jewish tradition, with suggestions on how to reclaim and incorporate Jewish customs into our lives today.

Mixed Blessings: Overcoming the Stumbling Blocks in an Interfaith Marriage,

by Paul Cowan, Rachel Cowan. Penguin USA, 1989.

A classic text still used by couples encountering the challenges of interfaith marriage.
Divided Lives: The Untold Stories of Jewish-Christian Women in Nazi Germany,
by Cynthia A. Crane. St. Martin's Press, 2000.

The stories of ten women identified by Nazi Germany as so-called "mischling," or children of mixed Jewish-Christian marriages.


Mixed Matches: How to Create Successful Interracial, Interethnic, and Interfaith Relationships,
by Joel Crohn. Fawcett Books, 1995.

A primer for people involved in all types of relationships that span divergent cultures, written by a psychotherapist with experience in cross-cultural counseling.



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Bible Baby Names: Spiritual Choices from Judeo-Christian Tradition,
by Anita Diamant. Jewish Lights, 1996.

Biblical overview of 630 names, with an emphasis on names that are relatively common in American usage.

Available from the publisher Jewish Lights


Choosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism and for Their Family and Friends,
by Anita Diamant, Schocken Books, 1998.

A rich introduction to Judaism geared especially towards converts and those considering conversion.
Living a Jewish Life: Jewish Traditions, Customs, and Values for Today's Families,
by Anita Diamant. HarperCollins, 1996.

A practical guide to incorporating Judaism into daily life.
The New Jewish Wedding,
by Anita Diamant, Fireside 2001.

This classic text on Jewish wedding ritual across the denominations has been revised and updated with a new chapter that includes interfaith weddings.

To Raise a Jewish Child: A Guide for Parents,
by Hayim Halevy Donin. Basic Books, 1991.

Provides information on raising Jewish children for those familiar with the religion and newcomers to the faith.
Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son's Return to His Jewish Family,
by Stephen J. Dubner. Bard Books, 1999.

A moving memoir by a man whose parents converted from Judaism to Catholicism, and who himself decided to convert to Judaism. Expanded from the author's 1996 cover story in The New York Times Magazine.


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Conversion to Judaism: A Guidebook,
by Lawrence J. Epstein, Jason Aronson, 1997.

A rather scholarly handbook to finding one's road to Judaism.
Questions and Answers on Conversion to Judaism,
by Lawrence J. Epstein, Jason Aronson, 1998.

A practical guide to the process of conversion and larger issues about becoming a Jew.

Readings on Conversion to Judaism,

by Lawrence J. Epstein. Jason Aronson, 1995.


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Stranger in the Midst: A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery,

by Nan Fink. Basic Books, 1997.

One woman's personal experience of conversion to Judaism, and the challenges she faced in finding her place in the Jewish community.

The Guide to Jewish Interfaith Family Life: An Interfaithfamily.com Handbook,

by Ronnie Friedland (Editor), Edmund Case (Editor). Jewish Lights, 2001.

Thoughtful essays documenting first-hand experiences of interfaith families. Includes a preface by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, JOI Executive Director.

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Hanukkah and Christmas at My House,

by Susan Enid Gertz. Willow and Laurel Press, 1992.

A children's book for those who wish to teach their children about the Jewish and Catholic religious and historical dimensions of the holidays.

Strangers to the Tribe: Portraits of Interfaith Marriage,
by Gabrielle Glaser. Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

A compassionate and thoughtful account of eleven families juggling issues of ethnicity, class and religion.
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Between Two Worlds: Choices for Grown Children of Jewish-Christian Parents,
by Leslie Goodman-Malamuth and Robin Margolis. Pocket Books, Inc., 1992.

This book, currently out of print, is a frank assessment of the unique experiences, challenges and issues of identity faced by many children of interfaith parents.

Under the Wedding Canopy: Love and Marriage in Judaism,
by David C. and Esther R. Gross. Hippocrene Books, 1996.
Swaying: Essays on Intercultural Love,
Edited by by Jessie Carroll Grearson and Lauren B. Smith, University of Iowa Press, 1995.

An anthology of essays by people involved in diverse types of intercultural romantic relationships.


How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household,
by Blu Greenberg. Simon & Schuster, 1985.

A helpful guide by a leading Orthodox Jewish feminist thinker.

The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays,
by Irving Greenberg. Touchstone Books, 1993.

A thoughtful and intelligent guide to the Jewish calendar by one of today's foremost Jewish theologians.


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Bubbe & Gram: My Two Grandmothers,
by Joan C. Hawxhurst, Jane K. Bynum (Illustrator). Dovetail Publishing, 1997.

A children's book for those who wish to incorporate the religious faiths of both Judaism and Christianity.



The Complete Jewish Wedding Planner,

by Wendy Chernak Hefter. Psp Pr, 1993.

A practical guide with lists and tables to help plan a Jewish wedding.
God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism,
by Abraham Joshua Heschel. Noonday Press, 1997.

A modern Jewish classic of theological thought.


Tastes of Jewish Tradition: Recipes, Activities & Stories for the Whole Family
by Jody Hirsh, Idy Goodman, Aggie Goldenholz and Susan Roth. Jewish Community Center of Milwaukee, 2002.

Winner of the Writer's Digest National Self Published Book Award and a Parents' Choice Foundation recommendation, this is a colorful and unique resource guide and cookbook created by Jewish educators and parents.


Not by Birth Alone: Conversion to Judaism,
Ed. by Walter Homolka, Walter Jacob and Esther Seidel. Continuum, 1997.

An overview of the spiritual, ethnic and historical conceptions of Jewish identity, examining and comparing theological and denominational ideas of "Who is a Jew."
Who Is a Jew? Conversations, Not Conclusions,
by Meryl Hyman. Jewish Lights, 1999.

A woman of patrilineal Jewish descent engages in far-reaching conversations on questions of Jewish identity with rabbis and Jewish leaders throughout the world.


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Critical Documents of Jewish History: A Sourcebook
by Ronald H. Isaacs (Editor), Kerry M. Olitzky (Editor); Jason Aronson Pub., September 1995.
A Jewish Mourner's Handbook
by Ron H. Isaacs, Kerry M. Olitzky; Ktav Publishing House: 1991.
Sacred Celebrations : A Jewish Holiday Handbook
by Ronald H. Isaacs, Kerry M. Olitzky; Ktav Publishing House: 1994.
Sacred Moments : Tales from the Jewish Life Cycle
by Ronald H. Isaacs, Kerry M. Olitzky (Editor); Jason Aronson Pub: 1995.


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122 Clues for Jews Whose Children Intermarry,
by Sidney J. Jacobs, Betty J. Jacobs. Jacobs Ladder, 1988.

A practical and light-hearted guide offering information and advice for parents adjusting to their child's intermarriage.
Half-Jew: A Daughter's Search for Her Family's Buried Past,
by Susan Jacoby. Scribner, 2000.

A journalist investigates her roots and identity as the progeny of German American Jews who had converted to Catholicism to conceal their Jewish identity.


A History of the Jews,
by Paul Johnson. HarperCollins, 1988.

Wide-ranging and accessible history of the Jewish people.


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Hebrew, Holidays, and Heroes: The Jewish Fun Book
by David P. Kasakove, Mark Lerer (Illustrator), Kerry M. Olitzky; Union of American Hebrew Congregations: 1992.
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by Evelyn Kaye. Outlet, 1980.
Suddenly Jewish: Jews Raised As Gentiles Discover Their Jewish Roots (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life),
by Barbara Kessel. Brandeis University, 2000.

Accounts of people in diverse circumstances who found out, later in life, that they were Jewish.
If I'm Jewish and You're Christian, What Are the Kids? A Parenting Guide for Interfaith Families,
by Andrea King, Alexander M. Schindler, Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1993.

A guide that offers practical advice and suggestions covering all aspects of raising children in a Jewish-Christian marriage.

Jewish Days: A Book of Jewish Life and Culture Around the Year,
by Francine Klagsbrun. Noonday Press, 1998.

Explanations of Jewish holidays and ritual, including relevant stories and legends; illustrated by Mark Podwal.
The Half-Jewish Book: A Celebration,
by Daniel M. Klein and Freke Vuijst. Villard Books, 2000.

A humorous, brash and breezy examination of what it means to be "half-Jewish," this book is heavy on pop cultural examples and rather light on serious examinations of identity.

Read a chapter at http://www.halfjewishbook.com/

Embracing Judaism,
by Simcha Kling. The Rabbinical Assembly, 1999.

A thoughtful primer on Jewish values and tradition for those considering conversion.
Tolerance 101: Practical Solutions to Interfaith Family Problems,
Ed. by Stanley Koehler. Foundation for Religious Freedom, 1999.

A guidebook to help navigate the tensions that can result when a member of the family follows a spiritual path different from your own.
The Journey of the Soul : Traditional Sources on Teshuvah
by Leonard S. Kravitz (Editor), Kerry M. Olitzky (Editor); Jason Aronson Pub: October 1995.
Mishlei: A Modern Commentary on Proverbs
by Leonard S. Kravitz (Translator), Kerry M. Olitzky (Translator); Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 2002.

Choosing Judaism,
by Lydia Kukoff. Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1981.

Offers basic information about Judaism and covers issues that may arise with parents, children, and within the Jewish community

To Life! A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking,
by Harold Kushner. Little, Brown, & Co., 1994.

Cheery assessment of Jewish history and thought.
Sparks Beneath the Surface : A Spiritual Commentary on the Torah
by Lawrence S. Kushner, Kerry M. Olitzky; Jason Aronson Pub: 1993.


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Becoming a Jew,
by Maurice Lamm. Jonathan David, 1991.

An introduction to Judaism geared especially towards those converting to Orthodox Judaism.
Lovesong: Becoming a Jew,
by Julius Lester. Billfinch Press, 1995.

The personal story of an African American civil rights activist as he underwent a Jewish spiritual awakening.
Mingled Roots: A Guide for Jewish Grandparents of Interfaith Grandchildren,
by Susan Levin, Dahlia G. Schoenberg (Illustrator), Dahlia G. Schoenberg (Translator), 2003


A helpful guide for Jewish grandparents of children in interfaith families.

Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary,

Ed. By David L. Lieber. Jewish Publication Society, 2001.

Recently published, this is the first new Torah commentary for Conservative Judaism in over 70 years.


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How to Be a Perfect Stranger, Vol. 1: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies: North America's Largest Faiths,

Ed. by Arthur J. Magida and Stuart Matlins. Skylight Paths, 1999.

Explains general customs of the major religious faiths of North America, offering etiquette advice on what is permissible and impermissible when experiencing a different religious culture as an outsider.

Love and Tradition: Marriage Between Jews and Christians,

by Egon Mayer. Plenum Press, 1985.

A sociological overview of interfaith marriage based on a nationwide survey of over 400 couples.
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Intermarriage and Rabbinic Officiation,
by Egon Mayer, American Jewish Committee: NY, 1989

see http://www.EgonMayer.Com/Publications.html for more information.
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By Egon Mayer with Nava Lerer and Barry Kosmin, North American Jewish Data Bank, Family Research Series # 1, 1989.

see http://www.EgonMayer.Com/Publications.html for more information.
Conversion Among the Intermarried,
By Egon Mayer with Amy Avgar. American Jewish Committee: NY, 1987.

see http://www.EgonMayer.Com/Publications.html for more information.

Intermarriage and the Jewish Future,
By Egon Mayer with Carl Sheingold. American Jewish Committee: NY, 1979.

see http://www.EgonMayer.Com/Publications.html for more information.

Children of Intermarriage,
By Egon Mayer. American Jewish Committee: NY, 1983.

see http://www.EgonMayer.Com/Publications.html for more information.
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"Jewishness Among the Intermarried,"

By Egon Mayer. In David M. Gordis & Dorit P. Gray Eds., American Jewry: Portrait and Prognosis (New York: Behrman House, 1997)

see http://www.EgonMayer.Com/Publications.html for more information.
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"Exogamy or Endogamy in Remarriages: An Analysis of Mate Selection in First and Second Marriages Among American Jews,"

By Egon Mayer with Ariela Keysar, Barry Kosmin and Nava Lerer. Contemporary Jewry 12 (Fall), 1992.

see http://www.EgonMayer.Com/Publications.html for more information.
The Imperatives of Jewish Outreach: Responding to Intermarriage in the 1990s and Beyond,
by Egon Mayer. Center for Jewish Studies, CUNY Graduate School: NY, 1991.

see http://www.EgonMayer.Com/Publications.html for more information.
Jewish Connections for Interfaith Families: A National Directory of Outreach Programs,
by Egon Mayer. Center for Jewish Studies, CUNY Graduate School: NY, 1992.

see http://www.EgonMayer.Com/Publications.html for more information.
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by Egon Mayer. Center for Jewish Studies, CUNY Graduate School: NY, 1990

see http://www.EgonMayer.Com/Publications.html for more information.

Making Jewish Outreach Work,
by Egon Mayer. Center for Jewish Studies, CUNY Graduate School. 1996.

see http://www.EgonMayer.Com/Publications.html for more information.
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Jewish-Gentile Courtships,
by John E. Mayer. Greenwood Publishing Group, 1980.


Embracing the Stranger; Intermarriage and the Future of the American Jewish Community,

by Ellen J. McClain. Basic Books, 1995.

Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in America
by Keren McGinity. NYU Press, 2008.

Still Jewish dismantles assumptions that once a Jew intermarries, she becomes fully assimilated into the majority Christian population, religion, and culture. Rather than becoming lost to the Jewish community, women who intermarried later in the century were more likely to raise their children with strong ties to Judaism than women who intermarried earlier in the century. Bringing perennially controversial questions of Jewish identity, continuity, and survival to the forefront of the discussion, Still Jewish addresses topics of great resonance in the modern Jewish community and beyond.


Finding a Home for the Soul: Interviews With Converts to Judaism,

by Catherine Hall Myrowitz. Jason Aronson, 1995.

Narratives of people who converted to Judaism, conducted by a psychotherapist who converted to Judaism herself.


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Jewish Spiritual Guidance : Finding Our Way to God
by Carol Ochs, Kerry M. Olitzky; Jossey-Bass: 1997.

Paths of Faithfulness: Personal Essays on Jewish Spirituality
by Carol Ochs (Editor), Kerry M. Olitzky (Editor), Joshua Saltzman (Editor); Ktav Publishing House: 1997.

100 Blessings Every Day : Daily Twelve Step Recovery Affirmation, Exercises for Personal Growth & Renewal Reflecting Seasons of the Jewish Year
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Jay Holder, Neil Gillman (Foreword); Jewish Lights: 1993.

Available from the publisher Jewish Lights

The American Synagogue
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Marc Lee Raphael (Editor); Greenwood Publishing Group: 1996.
Eight Nights, Eight Lights
by Kerry M. Olitzky; Alef Design Group: 1995.
An Encyclopedia of American Synagogue Ritual
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Marc Lee Raphael; Greenwood Publishing Group: 2000.
From Your Father's House : Reflections for Modern Jewish Men
by Kerry M. Olitzky; Jewish Publication Society: 1999.

A Glossary of Jewish Life
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Ronald H. Isaacs; Jason Aronson Pub.: 1992.

Grief in Our Seasons : A Mourner's Kaddish Companion
by Kerry M. Olitzky; Jewish Lights Pub: 1998.

Available from the publisher Jewish Lights

The How-To Handbook for Jewish Living
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Ronald H. Isaacs; Ktav Publishing House: 1993.

I Believe : The Thirteen Principles of Faith A Confirmation Textbook
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Ronald H. Isaacs; Ktav Publishing House: 1999
Jewish Paths Toward Healing and Wholeness : A Personal Guide to Dealing With Suffering
by Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, Debbie Friedman; Jewish Lights Pub: 2000.

Available from the publisher Jewish Lights

Making A Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide to Opportunities, Challenges and Resources
by JOI Executive Director Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky with Joan Petterson Littman. Jewish Lights, 2002.

Available from the publisher Jewish Lights

Pirke Avot : A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Leonard S. Kravitz; Union of American Hebrew Congregations: 1998.
Preparing Your Heart for Passover: A Guide for Spiritual Readiness
by Kerry M. Olitzky; Jewish Publication Society: 2002.
Preparing Your Heart for the High Holy Days: A Guided Journal
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Rachel T. Sabath; Jewish Publication Society: 1996.
Recovery from Codependence: A Jewish Twelve Steps Guide to Healing Your Soul
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Maty Grunberg (Illustrator); Jewish Lights Pub: 1993.

Available from the publisher Jewish Lights

Rediscovering Judaism : Bar and Bat Mitzvah for Adults
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Ronald H. Isaacs; Ktav Publishing House: 1997.
Reform Judaism in America
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Lance J. Sussman, Malcolm H. Stern (Editor); Greenwood Publishing Group: 1993.
Renewed Each Day : Daily Twelve Step Recovery Meditations Based on the Bible
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Maty Grunberg (Illustrator); Jewish Lights Pub: 1992.

Available from the publisher Jewish Lights

Restful Reflections : Nighttime Inspiration to Calm the Soul, Based on Jewish Wisdom
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Lori Forman; Jewish Lights Pub: 2001.

Available from the publisher Jewish Lights

The Rituals & Practices of a Jewish Life : An Introduction for Personal Spiritual Renewal
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Daniel Judson; Jewish Lights Pub: 2002.

Available from the publisher Jewish Lights

Sacred Intentions : Daily Inspiration to Strengthen the Spirit, Based on Jewish Wisdom
by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Lori Forman; Jewish Lights Pub: 1999.

Available from the publisher Jewish Lights

The Second How-To Handbook for Jewish Living
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Ronald H. Isaacs; Ktav Publishing House: 1996.
Shemonah Perakim : A Treatise on the Soul
by Kerry Olitzky, Leonard S. Kravitz; Union of American Hebrew Congregations: 2000.
Striving Toward Virtue : A Contemporary Guide for Jewish Ethical Behavior
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Rachel T. Sabath; Ktav Publishing House: 1996.

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To Grow Old in Israel : A Survey of Recent Trends and Developments
by K.M. Olitzky (Editor); Human Sciences Pr: 1989.
Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery : A Personal Guide to Turning from Alcoholism and Other Addictions
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Stuart A. Copans; Jewish Lights Pub: 1992.

Available from the publisher Jewish Lights

When Your Jewish Child Asks Why : Answers for Tough Questions
by Kerry M. Olitzky, Steven M. Rosman, David P. Kasakove; Ktav Publishing House: 1993.



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The Torah: A Modern Commentary,
Ed. By W. Gunther Plaut. Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1981.

The Hebrew Bible with English translation and commentary published by the American Reform movement.
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Mommy Never Went to Hebrew School,
by Mindy Avra Portnoy, Shelly O., Jacqueline Haas (Illustrator). Kar-Ben Pub: 1989.

A children's book that recounts a mother's conversion from Christianity to Judaism.



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But How Will You Raise the Children: A Guide to Interfaith Marriage,

by Steven Carr Reuben. Pocket Books, 1987.
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Making Interfaith Marriage Work,
by Steven Carr Reuben. Prima Pub, 1994.


Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Celebrating Interethnic, Interfaith, and Interracial Relationships,
by Brenda Lane Richardson. Wildcat Canyon, 2000.

Reflections of diverse cross-cultural relationships with suggestions on how to use differences to enhance love.




Your People, My People: Finding Acceptance and Fulfillment As a Jew by Choice,
by Lena Romanoff. Identity Plus, 1999.

The director of the Jewish Converts Network guides people through the various dimensions — spiritual, emotional, and practical — of conversion to Judaism.

Beloved Strangers: Interfaith Families in Nineteenth-Century America,
by Anne C. Rose. Harvard University, 2001.

A new, accessibly-written account of over two dozen intermarried couples, not just Jewish-Christian, throughout the 19th and early 20th-centuries.

 

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Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah,
by Jeffrey K. Salkin. Jewish Lights Pub, 1996.

A useful text on infusing the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony with greater spirituality, this book includes suggestions on how to include non-Jewish parents in the event.

Available from the publisher Jewish Lights


Irreconcilable Differences? A Learning Resource for Jews and Christians,
Ed. by David F. Sandmel, Rosann M. Catalano, and Christopher Magee Leighton. Westview Press, 2001.

Elucidates major aspects of the two faiths and discusses where they differ.
When a Jew and Christian Marry,
by Samuel Sandmel. Fortress Pr., 1979.
Ordained to Be a Jew: A Catholic Priest's Conversion to Judaism,
by John David Scalamonti. Ktav, 1992.

A priest recounts his growing disaffection from Catholicism and his subsequent embrace of Orthodox Judaism.
Siddur: The Complete Artscroll Siddur,
by Nosson Scherman, Meir Zlotowitz. Mesorah, 1989.

Comprehensive daily prayer book widely used by Orthodox Jews; includes extensive citations and commentary.
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Intermarriage: The Challenge of Living With Differences Between Christians and Jews,

by Susan Weidman Schneider. Free Press, 1989.
Jews and Non-Jews: Getting Married,
by Sanford Seltzer. UAHC, 1984.

Welcome to the Family! Opening Doors to the Jewish Experience, by Lois Sussman Shenker, White Cloud Press, 2001.

Addresses issues and information in a warm, welcoming manner, interspersing personal family stories with the basics of the Jewish experience.

Preserving Jewishness in Your Family : After Intermarriage Has Occurred,
by Alan Silverstein. Jason Aronson, 1995.

It All Begins With a Date: Jewish Concerns About Intermarriage,
by Alan Silverstein. Jason Aronson, 1995.


Intermarriage and Conversion : A Halakhic Solution,

by J. Simcha Cohen. Ktav, 1987.

The Jewish Holidays: A Guide & Commentary,
by Michael Strassfeld. HarperCollins, 1985.

An overview and explanation of each Jewish holiday and its associated rituals.



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Tanakh: A New Translation of the Holy Scriptures According to the Traditional Hebrew Text.
Jewish Publication Society, 1985.

An authoritative translation of the Hebrew Bible into English.

Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History,
by Joseph Telushkin. William Morrow & Co. Inc., 1991

A basic introduction to Jewish history, concepts, beliefs, customs and traditions, written in an easily-accessible style.

Opening the Gates: How Proactive Conversion Can Revitalize the Jewish Community,
by Gary A. Tobin. Jossey-Bass Pub, 1999.
Rabbis Talk About Intermarriage,
by Gary A. Tobin and Katherine G. Simon. Institute for Jewish and Community Research, 1999.


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Embracing Judaism: Personal Narratives of Renewed Faith,
by Debra Gonsher Vinik. Jason Aronson, 1999.

Personal stories of people who converted to Judaism.



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Black, White and Jewish,
by Rebecca Walker. Riverhead Books, 2002.

A memoir by the daughter of writer Alice Walker and lawyer Mel Leventhal.


Converting to Judaism: Choosing to Be Chosen: Personal Stories,

by Rabbi Bernice K. Weiss. Simcha Press, 2000.

Personal stories of converts to Judaism from diverse backgrounds and religions.

What to Do When You're Dating a Jew: Everything You Need to Know from Matzah Balls to Marriage,
by Vikki Weiss and Jennifer A. Block, Crown, 2000.

A very basic and whimsical introduction to American Jewish culture.


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Keys to Interfaith Parenting.

by Iris M. Yob, Barrons Educational Series, 1998.

A helpful guidebook to help parents adjust to the challenges of raising children in an interfaith environment.

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