Reading Series Guides

Book discussion groups offer a great way to focus attention on American Jewish history during the 350th anniversary. JWA's 350th book discussion series offer established book discussion groups and those seeking substantive 350th programming a compelling framework for thinking about our past and present in North America. JWA's reading series guides provide all the resources necessary to consider literary representations of American Jewish women in the context of historical and contemporary realities.

Each guide includes a general historical and literary introduction to the particular themes raised by the four or five books within each series, along with an introduction and discussion questions for every book.

Seeking Community, Creating Community

Examine the roles Jewish women play in creating communities, as well as their exclusion from them, through works by contemporary Jewish women writers. Authors include Allegra Goodman, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Tova Mirvis, and Gina B. Nahai. Download this guide for free.

Spiritual Journeys

What does it mean to lead a Jewish life? Is there a place for me within Judaism? Pursue these questions through memoirs by Jewish women from diverse backgrounds, who recount their searches for meaning within the Jewish tradition. Authors include Merle Feld, Tirzah Firestone, Haviva Ner David, Lee Meyerhoff Hendler, and Lisa Schiffman. Download this guide for free.

Jewish Women and the Search for Self

Through the novels and memoirs included in this series, explore the challenges and delights faced by Jewish women as they embark on their own paths as mothers and daughters; writers, teachers, and activists; women, Jews, and Americans. Authors include Anzia Yezierska, Rebecca Goldstein, Kim Chernin, and Eva Hoffman. Download this guide for free.

The Girls' Book Club

This series invites girls (ages 9-12) and adult women to read together about the lives and adventures of American Jewish girls, from a Southern belle during the Civil War to a young ballet dancer of contemporary times. Authors include Carol Matas, Sydney Taylor, Faye Silton, and Ferida Wolff. Download this guide for free.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Reading Series Guides." (Viewed on September 26, 2023) <>.


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