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Books Available Through the Internet:
All of these great books are available via our on-line form on the Internet. Each book is recommended reading by the Society for Humanistic Judaism.

To order these books/gifts listed on this page please note the Topic header, name of book and price:
ie., Understanding Humanistic Judaism; What is Humanistic Judaism?; $25.00


Education and Curricula for Youth and Adults

ADULT EDUCATION CURRICULUM:
INTRODUCTION TO SECULAR HUMANISTIC JUDAISM by Rabbi Adam Chalom
    Part I: Jewish History
$50
    Part II: Jewish Culture
$50
    Part III: Philosophy of Secular Humanistic Judaism
$50
    Parts I, II & III $125 for the complete set

Introduction to Secular Humanistic Judaism contains the information and course materials you will need to learn about the philosophy and practices of Secular Humanistic Judaism or to create an adult education program in your community. Part I: Jewish History examines Jewish history from a Secular Humanistic perspective. Part II: Jewish Culture presents a look at various aspects of Jewish life: what Jews create, how they celebrate, what they study, what they eat, and much more. Part III: Philosophy of Secular Humanistic Judaism presents the roots and basic ideas of Secular Humanistic Judaism.

Included are:
    Overview of the entire course: session topics, assigned readings, recommended reading
    List of Readings for each unit
    Introductory essays for each session
    Occasional additional readings or information sheets
    Discussion questions for each section

EDUCATION FOR HUMANISTIC JEWS
The journal Humanistic Judaism explores some of the questions and answers educators and parents, children and adults, must deal with in learning about and practicing Humanistic Judaism. $12.00

SUNDAY SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Developed by Harriet Maza, former principal of the Birmingham Temple Sunday School. Kindergarten-Grade 5. $18.00

AROUND & AROUND: LIFE CYCLE CEREMONIES
by Joan M. Kurtz
A text/workbook introducing the student to life-cycle events and rituals, building an awareness of and connection to Jewish ritual as they move through the cycle of their lives and also helping them to gain an appreciation of and attachment to their Jewish heritage. $15.00

BASIC IDEAS OF SECULAR HUMANISTIC JUDAISM
by Eva Goldfinger
A valuable resource for student, parent, and teacher, this 107-page book explains the major ideas of Secular Humanistic Judaism and provides an overview of the structure and history of the Movement. $20.00

DR. YUDELMAN'S COMPUTER AND OTHER PLAYS FOR CHILDREN
by Leon Levenson
This collection of plays embodies a secular and humanistic point of view. The stories of "Shimon, the Stonecutter" and "Hanukka Gelt" are written with empathy for the struggles of ordinary people during difficult times. Three of the plays are stories for the holidays of Hanukka and Purim. Several of the plays are midrashim, involving various characters or scenes from Tanakh stories. $18.00

The Early Modern European Roots of Secular Humanistic Judaism
by David Abramovitz, Zev Katz, Susan Lerner, Karen Levy, Roz Usiskin, and Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine
Providing background information for studying the early modern European roots of Secular Humanistic Judaism,  this resource includes an historical survey, selected essays and texts from Yiddish literature in translation, a collection of Humanistic quotations, and an annotated bibliography. $20.00

GREAT MOMENTS IN JEWISH HISTORY
by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine
A history of the Jewish people from 1200 B.C.E. through 636 C.E. for middle school students. $12.00

HEROES AND HEROINES OF JEWISH FOLKLORE
by Joan M. Kurtz
A collection of Bible stories that help children discover that the people of the Bible were not superheroes but ordinary people with strengths and weaknesses just like them. $15.00

JEWS AROUND THE WORLD
by Judith Goren
An introduction to Diaspora Jewry for fifth grade students. $12.00

JEWISH WRITERS AND ARTISTS
Developed by Harriet Maza
A course outline and study guide to the lives and works of Jewish writers and artists, complete with background material to provide the appropriate historical perspective. The curriculum is suitable for middle school students. $12.00

JOIN THE CIRCLE
by Elaine Serling
Celebrate Jewish holidays and heritage. Sing, dance, learn and rejoice with the captivating lyrics and contemporary music of award-winning singer/songwriter Elaine Serling, former music director of the Birmingham Temple School. CD $20.00.

LeaRNing Bible Today: From Creation to the Conquest of Canaan
by Michael Prival
Presenting major biblical stories in a readable and accurate manner, while discussing the stories from a scientific point of view, this work gives parents and teachers the information they need to explain and discuss the stories with children. Aimed at grades six and up, this work is informational for adults as well and includes both stories and detailed discussion topics. $18.00

LITERARY GENIUS OF THE BIBLE
by Charlotte Nelson
A Bible study course for tenth grade students. Humanist ideas of justice, autonomy, social action, reason, and dignity are emphasized. Includes lesson plans, textual material, and suggested activities. $18.00

LONG, LONG AGO STORIES - HOW THE WORLD BEGAN
by Grace Aviles
The myths of how humankind was created as passed on by the Eskimos, Huron Indians, Tahitians, Chinese, West Africans, Hebrews, and Sumerians, adapted for children from anthropological and biblical sources. Suited for home or classroom. $10.00

TEACHER'S SUPPLEMENT with suggested teaching guidelines and activities to accompany stories. $5.00

THE PHILOSOPHERS, A CELEBRATION WORKBOOK
by Marilyn Rowens
A collection of skits introducing the young adult and adult to the ideas of humanist philosophers such as Ingersoll, Dewey, Sartre, and Fromm. $12.00

SING AND CELEBRATE
by Elaine Serling
Original music and lyrics written by the former music director of the Birmingham Temple School celebrating Jewish holidays, Israel, and activities in the classroom or at home. $12.00

AUDIO CASSETTE of music and lyrics will complement and stimulate learning through participation and involvement of the students (specify Tape 3). $10.00

CD of music and lyrics will complement and stimulate learning through participation and involvement of the students. $20.00

YIDDISH STORIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
compiled and edited by Itche Goldberg
A collection of stories from the Yiddish-speaking world of grand parents and great-grandparents that young and not-so-young will enjoy. Goldberg offers a collection of tales created in Eastern Europe and originally told in Yiddish. Many of the included tales are by Sholem Aleichem and I. L. Peretz. $15.00

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