Liberal Jewish Congregation Rotterdam

11 December 2019 | 13 Kislev 5780

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We often get inquiries from school children and university students who require information on Judaism.  There are also requests to attend one of our services.  Finally, there are questions from individuals who simply want to know more about Judaism. 
The guide below addresses some helpful sources of information.

Literature

When writing a report on Judaism, it is advisable to do some reading first.  The choice of material on Judaism and the Jews is so vast that it is often difficult to make a selection.  Many books deal only with traditional or orthodox Judaism while others address progressive Judaism.  The literature on progressive Judaism often also deals with the orthodox point of view.  To simplify the choice, we suggest below some titles, most of which are for beginners.  We have indicated whether the author is progressive or orthodox and the level of difficulty: basic, intermediate or more advanced.

Concise (100-200 pages):

  • Lou Evers: Jodendom voor beginners (Orthodox, basic) ;
  • Edward van Voolen: Joods leven thuis en in de synagoge (Progressive, basic) ;
  • Manja Ressler & Alex de Jong: Maar u ziet er helemaal niet joods uit (Progressive,basic) ;
  • Roy Rosenberg: The concise guide to Judaism (Orthodox, advanced).

Extensive (200-400 pages) :

Henk van der Molen: Met de joden op weg (general, basic) ;

  • Rabbi S.Ph. de Vries: Joodse riten en symbolen (Orthodox, intermediate) ;
  • Rabbi Dr. J. Soetendorp: Symboliek van de joodse religie (Progressive, intermediate) ;
  • David Goldberg and John Rayner: The Jewish People, Their History and Their Religion (Progressive, intermediate) ;
  • Rabbi Hayim Donin: To Be a Jew (Orthodox, intermediate).

Obviously, this is just a limited selection from the vast literature on the subject.  If you want to know more about specific subjects, you can get in touch with the secretary of LJG Rotterdam, Annelies van Mechelen, on 0180 – 314539.

Members of our congregation can make use of our library.

The internet is also a good source of information on Jews and Judaism.  The site www.jewfaq.org, with its information on Judaism, is highly recommended.  It has a good index and addresses many aspects of Judaism on three levels: elementary, intermediate and advanced.

Information on Israel can be found on the site of www.cidi.nl.

For more specific information on the Jewish community of Rotterdam, we refer you to our website with links.

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