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Journeys to a Jewish Life

Inspiring Stories from the Spiritual Journeys of American Jews

Paula Amann

6 x 9, 208 pp, Hardcover, 978-1-58023-317-0

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Follow the soul treks of Jews lost and found.
Be inspired to connect with Judaism in new ways.
“No two people take the same journey…. Yet the telling of each story can ease the footsteps of those who follow…. It is my hope that [these] tales will offer you camaraderie, a guidepost here and there, and, most of all, the heart and strength to pursue your own path.”
—from the Introduction
What draws Jews back to their religious roots? What drives them away? What obstacles must they overcome to find their way home?
Paula Amann candidly probes these questions and more as she explores how secular and nominal Jews are blazing their own trails toward a vibrant, twenty-first-century Judaism. With the ear of a journalist and the heart of a seeker, Amann weaves a tapestry of human stories—of alienation, connection, spiritual detours, and unexpected portals into a life of faith. The people you meet in this engaging book will throw a fresh light on Jewish thought and practice. And their tales of personal transformation might just renew your relationship with Judaism—or send you off on your own Jewish journey.  
Topics include:
• Swerving In and Out of Other Faiths
• Traditions That Chafe
• The Arts as a Portal
• Healing Body and Soul
• Making a Jewish Life That Works
• … And Many Others
“So many ways to fill the God-shaped space in a person’s soul. Many a reader will find his or her answer here.”
Rabbi Harold Kushner, author, When Bad Things Happen to Good People
“Anyone interested in how American Jews are pushed away from—and drawn closer to—Jewish traditions, learning and thoughts—should read these vivid stories of Jewish alienation and rebirth…. An ideal gift for Jews and their friends at any stage of their own journeys.”
Sylvia Barack Fishman, PhD, author, The Way Into the Varieties of Jewishness
“Rich in detail, and full of human variety…. In this travel book for the Jewish soul, you are very likely to see your own face reflected in the story of a fellow traveler.”
Rodger Kamenetz, author, The History of Last Night’s Dream and The Jew in the Lotus
“A moving collection of illuminating stories that helps us reclaim the blessings that already belong to us.”
Rabbi Naomi Levy, author, To Begin Again and Talking to God
“A book of soulful journeys, punctuated by the search for meaning....While the stories are told by others, in their words we can find our own steps along the sacred path as well.”
Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, editor, The Rituals and Practices of a Jewish Life:
A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal
“Rich, thoughtful, inspiring…. These carefully told stories reverberate with humor and honesty.”
Lee Meyerhoff Hendler, author, The Year Mom Got Religion:
One Woman’s Midlife Journey into Judaism
Paula Amann is a former news editor of the Washington Jewish Week. She is also a former staff writer at B’nai Brith International, and winner of three Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in journalism. A Chicago native, she lives with her family near Washington, D.C.

 

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