Resources

A select list of useful resources. Add your favorites in the comments section.

Children's Activities & Books
Alef-Bet Hebrew Letter Primer: A simple, yet comprehensive way for all ages to begin to learn to read Hebrew. It teaches the modern Hebrew alphabet by character, name, sound, and visual discrimination through mnemonics.

The Maccabee on the Mantel: A soldier doll and beautifully written and illustrated book for children that teaches the story of Hanukkah and helps families create their own holiday traditions.
 

Sammy Spider: Teaches preschoolers about Jewish holidays, rituals, and Israel through the tales of Sammy Spider and his mother, who experience Judaism through the Shapiro family adventures.
 

All-of-a-Kind Family: A classic about a Jewish immigrant family living in New York before World War I. The books share the adventures of five mischievous sisters.
 

Jewish Holidays in a Box: Fun and interactive materials to help families celebrate the Jewish holidays, and build powerful and positive Jewish memories through creative celebrations.

PJ Library: A program that provides free, quality, Jewish children's literature and music to families with kids age 6 months to 8-years on a monthly basis and sponsors local Jewish family events.
 

Cookbooks:
Entrée to Judaism: A cookbook with history, it explains how Jews worldwide and across ages adapted local tastes to meet the needs of Jewish holidays and dietary laws, creating rich flavors.

Nonfiction Books:

Honest Answers to Your Child’s Jewish Questions: A resource with successful responses to many Jewish questions children ask and that summarizes Jewish thought in an easy-to-understand format.
 

The Faith Club: The story of three women from three religions, and their quest to understand one another.
 

Modern Jewish Mom’s Guide to Shabbat: Shares how the Friday night Shabbat meal can connect a family. Includes recipes, projects, and summaries of the weekly Torah portion with discussion topics.
 

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: A guide for raising self-reliant children. Takes everyday parenting problems and examines them through the lens of Torah, Talmud, and other Jewish teachings.

Jewish Literacy: An indispensable reference on Jewish life, culture, tradition, and religion. It covers every essential aspect of the Jewish people and Judaism.

Jewish Media:
Heeb Magazine: A publication that covers the arts, culture, and politics for young, urban Jews.
 

Jewcy: Covers news, culture, relationships, religion, food, social justice, and family for young Jews.
 

Kveller: An independent and inclusive website for parents raising Jewish children.
 

Lilith: An independent, Jewish feminist magazine.

Reading Rabbi: A blog written by Rabbi Anne Perry, that celebrates books, and especially books with a Jewish component. Includes reviews, discussions and a booklist. A great resource for finding good reads.

The Jewish Daily Forward: One of the oldest Jewish-American publications covering Jewish affairs and culture. "The Seesaw" column answers questions submitted by interfaith couples and families.
 

Tablet: An online magazine covering Jewish news, politics, arts, culture, life, and religion.

Interfaith Organizations:
InterfaithFamily: An organization that supports interfaith families and couples exploring Jewish life. Offers InterfaithFamily/Your Community in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

Interfaith Israel: A nonprofit that provides educational experiences in Israel. Trips for families, teens and young professionals highlight the country as a land of many faiths and cultures; one that is filled with rich history, stories, and traditions.  

Jewish Discovery Institute: A center for interfaith couples and others exploring Conservative Judaism in Boston. Works with individuals, professionals, and lay leaders.

Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute: Transdenominational group focused on outreach to unaffiliated Jews and intermarrieds.

Keruv: Provides Conservative congregations with support and programs for intermarried families.

Reform Jewish Outreach Boston: A resource for interfaith couples, families, and individuals exploring Judaism and the Jewish community, including classes, programs, and support groups.