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The Year Mom Got Religion

One Woman's Midlife Journey into Judaism

Lee Meyerhoff Hendler

6 x 9, 208 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-58023-070-4

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An inspiring, frank, and engaging “spiritual autobiography” that
will touch anyone seeking deeper meaning in their religious life.
As we come to recognize the need to nurture our spiritual lives as adults, The Year Mom Got Religion offers sensitive and intelligent wisdom from a woman who learned how awakening to religion can transform—and disrupt—a life. Lee Meyerhoff Hendler relates her awakening to Judaism. She also shares the hard lessons and realizations she confronted during the process. Her journey of the spirit is a powerful reminder that anyone, at any moment, can fully embrace faith—and meet every one of the challenges that occur along the way.
A poignant personal testimony of the discoveries, achievements, and disappointments of a woman’s renewed commitment to her faith—and how her personal transformation deeply affected her lifestyle and relationships.
Born into a wealthy and prestigious family, Lee Meyerhoff Hendler was surrounded by privilege and was a rising leader in the Jewish community. Despite her prominence, she realized that something was lacking—and that Judaism needed to be more about spiritual fulfillment and relating to God than about simply writing checks to important causes or sitting on the boards of distinguished organizations.
Hendler discovered a void in her life that only Judaism could fill. She embarked upon a journey that took her through intensive study, regular synagogue attendance, renewed dedication to Jewish communal service, squabbles with her children about attending religious school, and quarrels with her husband about religion’s sudden role in their daily lives.
If you are seeking deeper spiritual meaning in your life, or are close to someone who has embarked upon a similar journey, The Year Mom Got Religion offers candid and intelligent words of encouragement for the soul.
“A ‘page-turner’ written with joy and humor, passion and honesty . . . must-reading for anyone exploring Judaism as an adult.”
 —Dr. Ron Wolfson, author of The Art of Jewish Living series;   
Vice President of the University of Judaism
“Read this book! If you’ve been on a Jewish path of learning and living, you’ll find a thoughtful companion. . . . If you’re wondering how to find your Jewish path, you’ll find a wonderfully honest guide to its heights, its depths, and the treasures you’ll discover en route.”
 —Rabbi Rachel B. Cowan, director, Jewish Life Program, Nathan Cummings Foundation
“Here is nourishment that will sustain anyone who dares to make the unnerving discovery that they are already standing on holy ground.”
 —Dr. Christopher M. Leighton, executive director,
The Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies
“Essential reading for Jewish professional and lay leaders who seek to understand the transformational impact adult Jewish learning can have on the life of the individual.”
 —Professor Sara S. Lee, director, Rhea Hirsch School of Education,
Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles
“Lee’s story inspires, because her journey can be ours if we make it so.”
Richard M. Joel, president & international director,
 The Hillel Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
“Honest and moving . . . challenges American Jewish leaders to reconsider how we create worship and study experiences of power, depth, warmth, and beauty.”
 —Rabbi David A. Teutsch, president, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
“An intimate, instructive, and illuminating account of the personal and family challenges encountered during Hendler’s ‘odyssey’ in search of her religious soul.”
 —Shoshana S. Cardin, International Jewish Leader
Lee Meyerhoff Hendler is a popular and inspiring lecturer on leadership, Jewish identity and family philanthropy. She has been invited to speak about her book to many groups and organizations around the country and is the primary writer of “Freedom’s Feast: A Thanksgiving Celebration for the American People,” available on the web at
Past president of her congregation, Hendler serves on a number of local, national and international Jewish and secular boards, and is involved in her family’s philanthropic activities. Apart from Pilates, kayaking and walking very fast, her passions are teaching, travel and Torah study. Lee has four wonderful children, two exceptional daughters-in-law and lives in Baltimore.


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