Light Up Chanukah with a Book Gift from Yesod!

We have chosen 8 diverse reading options, including topics such as Jewish holidays, Israel, leadership, spirituality and contemporary Jewish life. We hope you will find something you will love.

Radical Then, Radical Now: The Legacy of the World’s Oldest Religion – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks 

A classic statement in answer to the question “how has Judaism survived for so long and, more importantly, what does it offer us today?” Clearly written and accessible, this is an inspiring statement about Jewish identity and the beauty of Jewish life in the contemporary world.

Ceremony and Celebration: Introduction to the Holidays – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Explore the deep meanings of the central Jewish holidays in this excellent overview. Rabbi Sacks focuses on Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot, to expose what these holidays are really about and how to connect to them.


The Sabbath– Abraham Joshua Heschel

The classic book by 20th century Jewish philosopher, Abraham Joshua Heschel. In this short, poetic book he offers a powerful and relevant way of thinking about Shabbat and its contemporary meaning that transcends denomination.


Take Your Soul to Work: 365 Meditations on Every Day Leadership – Erica Brown

Jewish leadership expert and scholar Erica Brown condenses her ideas about leadership and how to practice it every day into accessible exercises and readings that help Jewish community professionals reflect, grow and put their best selves into their acts of daily leadership.


Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor – Yossi Klein HaLevi

Israeli-American scholar and journalist Yossi Klein HaLevi writes a series of imaginary letters to his Palestinian neighbor, trying to reach across the barriers that exist in a highly conflicted region. In lyrical, evocative language, he unravels the complex strands of faith, pride, anger and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel, using history and personal experience as his guide.


Relational Judaism (and the Handbook) – Ron Wolfson

“It’s all about relationships!” This is the key message of Ron Wolfson’s book, which argues that the key to thriving Jewish communities and organizations is building meaningful relationships. Using many helpful examples (drawn from the American community) Wolfson demonstrates what can be done and how to think about relationship-building. This book also comes with a practical Handbook for how to implement these ideas in your community.


It’s Our Challenge: A Social Entrepreneurship Approach to Jewish Education – Jonathan Mirvis

Drawing from the lessons of social entrepreneurship, Jonathan Mirvis offers a model for understanding the work of Jewish community professionals as making social change; envisioning and implementing new ideas to meet evolving community needs. He brings a practical model for doing this, illuminated with lots of examples.


Eternal Life – Dara Horn

Celebrated American-Jewish author, Dara Horn’s latest work of fiction is about life and death, the power of the generations and much more, as she imagines Rachel, a Jewish woman whose life spans more than 2000 years. Rich, beautiful and profoundly contemporary.