Jewish High Holidays
http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/awr09.socst.world.glob.highholid/

WEB VIDEO This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly shows Rabbi Alan Lew describing the spiritual transformation Jews experience by observing the High Holidays. The Jewish High Holidays are a 10-day period of prayer and penitence beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and ending with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. During this sacred time of reflection and repentance, Jews around the world attend special services, gather with friends and families for ritual meals and observe a day of fasting. A transcript, background essay, and discussion questions support the video.

Grand Mosque of Paris, The: Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deboarah Durland DeSaix.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Grand-Mosque-Paris-Holocaust/dp/0823423042

BOOK This is a story pieced together from secret documents and memories of people about resistance against the Nazis in World War II France. It begins with a religious quote shared by Muslim and Jews "Save one life, and it is as if you've saved all of humanity." Holiday House, 2009.

Passover: Why This Night?
http://whatisajew.org/learn/passover.shtml

PODCAST or CD In this new production of a conversation about Passover, Larry Josephson, a secular Jew who now wants to know more about the religion of his grandparents, asks Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Professor of Jewish History and Chancellor Emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary, to explain the meaning of Passover in a post-9/11 world. Dr. Schorsch tells Larry the story of Passover -- its history, rituals and foods, and the origins and structure of the Seder.

Sukkot
http://whatisajew.org/learn/sukkot.shtml

PODCAST or CD Larry Josephson talks with Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, about Sukkot - the festival of huts - how it evolved in Jewish history, how it's celebrated today, and its growing popularity.

A Great Miracle Happened There
http://whatisajew.org/learn/han2000.shtml

PODCAST or CD "A Great Miracle Happened There: A Hanukkah Special," a conversation between Rabbi Ismar Schorsch and Host Larry Josephson about the history, rituals and meaning of Hanukkah--and its importance in our time. Cantors David Lefkowitz and Elisheva Dienstfrey sing the music of Hanukkah.

Remember Us Unto Life
http://whatisajew.org/learn/hhd.shtml

PODCAST or CD "Remember Us Unto Life" is a one-hour celebration of Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement - eight days known as the Jewish High Holidays. Rabbi Schorsch talks about the history, liturgy and meaning in our time of these ancient holidays, the most solemn on the Jewish calendar. The conversation is illustrated and elevated with beautiful music of the High Holidays, including "Kol Nidre", which is traditionally sung in the synagogue at the beginning of the Yom Kippur service.

Judaism: Beliefs, Practices, Jewish-Christian Relations
http://www.religioustolerance.org/judaism.htm

WEB RESOURCE This Religious Tolerance.org website provides a layman's overview of Jewish beliefs including the Hebrew scriptures. After this there are many topics with background information having to do with Shoah, Jewish-Christian relations, and Jewish views on various social issues.

Judaism
http://www.religionfacts.com/judaism/index.htm

WEB RESOURCE This academic site explores Judaism's history, beliefs, holidays, lie cycle rituals, practices, sects, and texts.

Talmud Study
http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/awr09.socst.world.glob.talmud/

WEB VIDEO This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly examines a worldwide Talmud study program called Daf Yomi, meaning "a page a day." Reading a page a day, it takes seven-and-a-half years to finish all 2,711 pages of the Talmud, which consists of centuries of rabbinic commentaries on Jewish law and the meaning of the Torah, the first five books of the Jewish Bible. The wisdom of the Talmud is relevant to the lives of those who study it today. The video is supported by a transcript, a background essay, and discussion questions.

Jewish Hair-Cutting Ceremony
http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/awr09.socst.world.glob.jewishhair/

WEB VIDEO This video segment from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly shows a three-year-old boy from a Hasidic Jewish family getting his first haircut. Traditional Jews often wait until a boy turns three before cutting his hair. This first cut, performed during a festive celebration called an upsherin, marks the beginning of a boy's formal education, as well as his obligation to keep the commandments and perform good deeds, known as mitzvot in Hebrew. A transcript, background essay, and discussion questions support the video.

Tallit Making
http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/awr09.socst.world.glob.tallit/

WEB VIDEO This video from Religious & Ethics NewsWeekly shows a class of boys and girls preparing for their bar and bat mitzvahs (Jewish coming-of-age ceremonies) by making their own tallits. The tallit is a Jewish prayer shawl composed of a rectangular piece of cloth with fringes along its four corners representing God's 613 commandments. The tradition of wearing the tallit dates back to the time of the Torah, the Hebrew Bible, when Jews were given the commandment to wear these fringes, known as tzitzit, on their garments. The video is supported by a transcript, a background essay, and discussion questions.

Restoring the Torah
http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/awr09.socst.world.glob.torah/

WEB VIDEO This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly follows Neal Yerman, a sofer, or scribe, in Cherry Hill, N.J., as he works on a Torah recovered from the Polish town of Ostrof, where 9,000 Jews were killed by Nazis over three days in 1941. The Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, is considered the holiest object in Jewish life. This video is supported by a background essay and discussion questions.

Jewish Burial Practices
http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/awr09.socst.world.glob.burialprac/

WEB VIDEO This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly uses a mannequin to demonstrate the time-honored Jewish ritual of tahara, in which the dead are washed, purified and dressed in traditional shrouds before burial. In keeping with the Jewish belief of a communal responsibility to bury the dead, Jewish communities throughout the ages have established burial societies, called Chevra Kadishas, whose sole function is to care for the deceased from the time of death until interment. A transcript, background essay and discussion questions support the video.

Virtual Walking Tour: The Al-Haram Al-Sharif
http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200901/al-haram/default.htm

VIRTUAL TOUR This tour allows viewers to see sites in the Old City of Jerusalem in a manner impossible in person. The narrator focuses on the site around the Dome of the Rock from the Muslim perspective. However, he clearly describes the Jewish and Christian connections to these same holy places.

Judaism and Arts
http://faithandthearts.com/uncategorized/judaism-and-the-arts

WEB RESOURCE In the Faith and the Arts project site, Ruth Saunders examines the relationship between religious beliefs and creative arts practice within the Jewish community both from an orthodox and reform perspective and examines some of the challenges posed in a modern context.

Judaism by Sue Penney
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/judaism-sue-penney/1102890578?ean=9781432903169

BOOK Discover the rich cultural background behind this major world religion. Find out where Judaism originated, trace its history, and explore the meanings. Heineman, 2007. MS

What You Will See Inside a Synagogue by Lawrence Hoffman and Ron Wolfson
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6282970-what-you-will-see-inside-a-synagogue

CHILDREN'S BOOK Hoffman and Wolfson focus on the synagogues and services of three branches of American Judaism--Conservative, Reconstruction, and Reform. They introduce readers to Sabbath customs, prayer, the Torah, important holidays and life cycle events, and key tenets of the faith. These are related to the sanctuary and its contents. Large color photos supported by clear descriptive text help readers understand the faith and the worship service.Skylight Paths Pub., 2008. Elem. - MS

Jews in Ancient Rome
http://www.pbs.org/empires/romans/empire/jews.html

WEB RESOURCE This page of the PBS The Roman Empire: The First Century focuses on The experiences of the Jews in that period of history but also links to early Christian History.

Archeology of the Hebrew Bible
http://www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/resources/6756/preview/

WEB RESOURCE This is a NOVA interview with biblical archaeologist William Dever, active in the field since 1955. In this interview, Dever describes some of the most significant archeological finds related to the Hebrew Bible, including his own hot-button discovery that the Israelites' God was linked to a female goddess called Asherah. The interview was conducted in Jerusalem in July 2007 by Gary Glassman, producer, writer, and director of "The Bible's Buried Secrets."

Global Religious Landscape: Jews
http://www.pewforum.org/global-religious-landscape-jew.aspx

WEB RESOURCE This PEW Forum on Religion and Public Life site reports that there are about 14 million Jews around the world, representing 0.2% of the global population. The main branches of Judaism in the US include the Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements. Other nations do not classify the branches of Judaism in this manner. Learn more at this site.

Sammy's First Shabbat by Sylvia A. Rouss
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/where-shabbat-lives-jan-goldin-fabiyi/1009121879?ean=9780822589464

BOOK This preschool and primary grade book describes the observance of the sabbath by a Jewish family through a young child's perspective. Other books in the series include brief descriptions of Jewish holiday practices using the same model: Sammy Spider's First Hanukkah, Sammy Spider's First Passover, Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah, Sammy Spider's First Yom Kipur, Sammy Spider's First Sukkot, Sammy Spider's First Simchat Torah, Sammy Spider's First Tu B'Shevat, and Sammy Spider's First Purim.

Ancient Israel
http://academicearth.org/courses/ancient-israel/

WEB RESOURCE This is a free online course featuring 27 lectures by Daniel Fleming at New York University on ancient Israel and Judaism. Each lecture may be selected and heard separately.

Hebrew Scriptures in Judaism and Christianity
https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/hebrew-scriptures-in-judaism/id512201207

ONLINE COURSE In 70CE the Romans destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem. Judaism would have to reinvent itself as Rabbinic Judaism. Contemporaneously, the authors of the New Testament Gospels were writing about the Jewish apocalyptic prophet whom they believed was the awaited messiah. For both the rabbis and the gospel writers, for both ancient Jews and ancient Christians, the central authoritative text was the Torah and the other books we now call the Hebrew Scriptures. This Harvard University iTunes course surveys how the interpretation (and reinterpretation) of these books spawned two rival cultural systems, Judaism and Christianity.

Itís Been 350 Years since a Jewish Self-Proclaimed Messiah Converted to Islam
http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/163793

WEB RESOURCE Ed Simon at Lehigh University did the research for this article about Jewish messianich claimant Sabbatai Zevi.The story of Zevi and the massive movement he inspired in the seventeenth-century is well known to scholars of Jewish Studies and is seen as an outgrowth of the massive turmoil after the 1492 exile of the Sephardic Jews and later the Wars of Religion.