A. Bible: The New Jewish Publication Society Translation. Entering students are expected to have a basic familiarity with the Bible. Carefully review the following:
Genesis - All except genealogiesB. General Jewish History:
Exodus - Chapters 1-34
Leviticus - Chapters 11-12, 18-20, 23
Numbers - Chapters 5-6, 11-17, 20-25, 27, 35-36
Deuteronomy - All except Chapters 32-33
Judges - Chapters 3-8, 13-16, 19-21
First Samuel - Chapters 1-7, 9-20, 27-31
Sec'd Samuel - Chapters 1-7, 11-13
First Kings - Chapters 1-3, 5, 10-12, 16-19, 21
Second Kings - Chapters 1-2, 4-9, 13, 18-25
Amos - Chapters 1-9
Jonah - Chapters 1-4
Micah - Chapters 1-7
Psalms - Numbers 19, 23, 24, 92, 121, 126, 133, 137, 150
The Course of Modern Jewish History, Howard Sachar, Vintage Books, N.Y. 1990.C. Israel:
Alternative: A History of the Jewish People, ed. H. H. Ben-Sasson, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1976.
A History of Israel, Howard Sachar, Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. Pp. 1-88; 279-394; 580-614; 714-739.D. Reform Judaism:
Alternatives: The Making of Modern Zionism: The Intellectual Origins of the Jewish State, Shlomo Avineri, Basic Books, 1981.
Israel On Broadway: America Off-Broadway, David Forman, Gefen Publishing, 1998
Culture Shock: Israel, Dick Winter, Graphic Arts Center, 1992.
Renewing the Covenant, Eugene Borowitz, JTS, Philadelphia, 1991.E. History of HUC-JIR:
(or) Reform Judaism Today, Eugene Borowitz, Behrman House, 1978. (Can be purchased from the publisher at a Student Discount.)
(or) Response to Modernity, Michael Meyer, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 1995.
Introduction and Part One, HUC at One-Hundred Years, ed. Samuel E. Karff, HUC Press, 1976.F. Texts:
Back to the Sources, ed. Barry W. Holtz, Summit Books, 1984. Introduction, Chapters 1 (Bible), 2 (Mishnah), 3 (Midrash), 4 (Rashi), and 8 (Liturgy).G. Cantorial Students:
Jewish Music, A. Z. Idelsohn, Dover Books, 1981.
Chosen Voices: The Story of the American Cantorate, Mark Slobin, U. of Illinois Press, 1989. (phone: 1-800-545-4703)
Some sources for books:
Central Conference of American Rabbis
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Union of American Hebrew Congregations
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Levine J CO Books & Judaica (religious supplies)
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Cantor's Assembly, Inc.
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Simon & Schuster
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