Book Clubs and Study Groups

Looking for the perfect book for your next book club? One that is interesting, enriching, and has Jewish content? Look no further! CCAR Press is proud to present our book club catalog. The following trade books are perfect for book clubs, adult study groups, and author events. See each of the books below for discussion questions and study guides. 


The Sacred Calling: Forty Years of Women in the Rabbinate
Edited by Rabbi Alysa Mendelson Graf and Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr
In this anthology, rabbis and scholars from across the Jewish world reflect back on the historic significance of women in the rabbinate and explore issues related to both the professional and personal lives of women rabbis. This collection examines the ways in which the reality of women in the rabbinate has impacted on all aspects of Jewish life, including congregational culture, liturgical development, life cycle ritual, the Jewish healing movement, spirituality, theology, and more.
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The Sacred Encounter: Jewish Perspectives on Sexuality
Edited by Rabbi Lisa Grushcow
This wide-ranging anthology takes a close look at the breadth of human sexuality from a Jewish perspective. The essays begin with a look at biblical and rabbinic views on sexuality, and then proceed to explorations of sexuality at different moments in the life cycle, sexuality and the marital model, diverse expressions of sexuality, examples of sexuality education, the nexus of sexuality and theology, and the challenges of contemporary sexual ethics. Perfect for personal study, or for high school or adult classes.
Study Guide & Discussion Questions                                               
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Edited by Mary L. Zamore Foreword by Eric H. Yoffie Preface by Nigel Savage

The Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic is an anthology of diverse essays on Jewish dietary practices. This volume presents the challenge of navigating through choices about eating, while seeking to create a rich dialogue about the intersection of Judaism and food.

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Edited by Rabbi Paul Citrin
A cross-section of rabbis respond to questions about God, ethics, humanity, suffering, evil, the soul, after-life, interfaith dialogue, and more. For self-study, high school classes, adult learning, and conversion.
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A Treasury of Rabbinic Gleanings on the Weekly Portions, Holidays and Special Shabbatot
A new Torah study resource! Discover multiple perspectives on every parashah in this rich collection of commentary written by CCAR members. Includes holiday portions as well. Makes a great gift for students, teachers, and congregational leaders. Will also be available as an e-book and for your Kindle.
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Machzor: Challenge and Change,
Volume 1
Machzor: Challenge and Change includes a wealth of material for individual or group study, including presentations on Un'taneh Tokef, Kol Nidrei, and Avinu Malkeinu, and High Holy Day-themed essay from back issues of the CCAR Journal.
Includes discussion questions throughout.

The CCAR is in the process of developing the new Reform machzor, the biggest liturgical project of this generation. This resource provides material for communal engagement and study of the machzor. A terrific adult-study packet!
Includes discussion questions throughout.