Temple Emanu-El clergy and Marjorie Shuster, Librarian for the Ivan M. Stettenheim Library and Coordinator of Literary Events for the Streicker Center, have assembled a list of recommended reading for the High Holy Days. You can find many of these selections and more in the Stettenheim Library or through our dedicated ebook site Axis 360.

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur Survival Kit – Shimon Apisdorf

Rosh Hashanah Readings: Inspiration, Information and Contemplation – Edited by Dov Peretz Elkins

Yom Kippur Readings: Inspiration, Information and Contemplation – Edited by Dov Peretz Elkins

Entering the High Holy Days: A Guide to the Origins, Themes and Prayers – Reuven Hammer

A Faithful Heart: Preparing for the High Holy Days (A Study Text Based on the Midrash Maaseh Avraham Avinu) – Benjamin Levy

Waiting for Rain: Reflections at the Turning of the Year – Bryna Jocheved Levy

Preparing Your Heart for the High Holy Days: A Guided Journal – Kerry M. Olitzky and Rachel T. Sabath

Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Fall Holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot) – Paul Steinberg

The Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary – Michael Strassfeld

Inspiring Days: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Beyond

Beginning Anew: A Woman’s Companion to the High Holy Days – Edited by Gail Twersky Reimer and Judith A. Kates

From the Stettenheim Library:

To Heal A Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World – Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality and a Deeper Connection to Life – in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) – Sarah Hurwitz

How Good Do We Have to Be? A New Understanding of Guilt and Forgiveness – Harold Kushner

Conversations With God: Prayers for Jewish Women – Ruchi Koval

This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation – Alan Lew

Recommended Children’s Books

Sammy Spider’s First Rosh Hashanah – Sylvia A. Rouss, Illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn

The Hardest Word: A Yom Kippur Story – Jacqueline Jules, Illustrated by Katherine Janus Kahn

Talia and the Very Yum Kippur – Linda Elovitz Marshall, Illustrated by Francesca Assirelli

King of the Fruits: Children Story for Rosh Hashanah – Rachel Mintz

Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride – Deborah Bodin Cohen, Illustrated by Shahar Kober