URJ Books & Music
633 Third Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10017-6778
Welcome URJ Books and Music
URJ Press, Transcontinental Music Publications, and Sounds Write Productions make up the book and music publishing arm of the Union for Reform Judaism. We produce textbooks, program guides, children's books, non-fiction titles, songbooks, CDs, e-books, MP3s, and other digital content used in religious schools and day schools throughout the movement and the larger Jewish world and sold in book stores around the country. We serve as both an independent publisher of books and music of Jewish interest and as the official publisher of the Union and the Reform Movement.
One of our most important accomplishments is the publication of the groundbreaking volume, The Torah: A Women's Commentary which was awarded the top prize in the oldest Jewish literary award program, the 2008 National Jewish Book of the Year Award. We also publish The Torah: A Modern Commentary, Revised Edition. We are known for the CHAI: Learning for Jewish Life, curriculum currently used in over 1/3 of all Reform Jewish congregational schools and Mitkadem: Hebrew for Youth, our religious school Hebrew program.
Michael H. Goldberg, Publisher and Editor in Chief
Stephen G. Becker, Director of Marketing and Sales
Director of New Media and Special Projects
Lea Barak, Customer Sales and Service Representative
Joan Carr, Curriculum Consultant
Fiorella deLima, Production Manager
Jonathan Levine, Operations Coordinator
Marlene Myerson, Curriculum Consultant
Maria Nakahata, Customer Sales and Service Representative
Jayson Rodovsky, Music Editor, Transcontinental Music Publications
Rachel Wetstein, Music Librarian/Editorial Assistant,Transcontinental Music Publications
Most Popular Items:
SONGS OF THE SPIRIT: THE DEBBIE FRIEDMAN ANTHOLOGY
This amazing anthology collection brings together 45 songs on 2 CDs, spanning over 30 years of Debbie Friedman's trailblazing career. This compilation of re-mastered original songs in Hebrew and English contains favorites from her first fourteen albums, released between 1972 and 2003. Strong, clear vocals, wise and poignant lyrics, and matchless melodies - this collection presents Debbie Friedman at her best, over an astonishing 30 years of music making.
Haftarah Commentary, The
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The Haftarah Commentary is a comprehensive new translation of the weekly selections from the Prophets and Writings, complete with meticulously cantillated Hebrew text, commentary and translations, essays, gleanings from sources modern and ancient, notes, glossary, bibliography, and additional selections for use as alternatives to the traditional haftarot. To insure the accuracy and accessibility of the new volume, consulting editor S. David Sperling, a professor of Hebrew at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, reviewed the entire text and commentary.
Look what they're saying about The Haftarah Commentary:
"Eminently useful."--Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, CA
"A first-class, actually world-class, volume."--David Noel Freedman, Editor, Anchor Bible Dictionary
"The goal is to entice people into reading the Bible."--Gustav Niebuhr, The New York Times
My Jewish World: An Early Childhood Music Curriculum (Book/CD set)
Music can be a wonderfully effective teaching tool for preschool aged children. My Jewish World guides teachers through the process of introducing and utilizing song in the classroom to teach Jewish values.
In her comprehensive and easy to follow book, Judy Caplan Ginsburgh includes twenty-six songs, religious and secular, that will help to facilitate an environment of fun and learning. Each song addresses important Jewish concepts and many use Hebrew words and prayers. Judy provides comments, activities, and creative ideas, specific for each song, which can be used in the classroom to learn about being Jewish every day. The importance of saying the Sh'ma each morning, learning the Hebrew words for colors, understanding body parts, and the value of cooperation are only some of the Jewish concepts touched on in the book.
In addition, Judy Ginsburgh includes a list of suggested books for many of the topics. These books help to reinforce and expand the lessons laid out in the curriculum.
With a helpful glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms and the companion music CD, My Jewish World is a wonderful guide to making music significant in the Jewish classroom.