EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTARIES

Acts of Faith: Jewish Civilization in Spain, 1992, 52 min.

“Civilization and the Jews,” 1984, WNET Thirteen Production for PBS, 10-part series.

David Grossman, 2006, 32 min.

Grossman discusses his book The Lion’s Honey, a retelling of the biblical story of Samson, in an interview with Bill Moyers.

The Forbidden Garden: Piercing the Veil of the Kabbalah, 2000, 63 min.

Essentials of Faith: Judaism, 2006, 24 min.

Genocide, 1981.

Historical unfolding of the Holocaust; won Academy Award.

A History of Jewish-American Achievement, 2010, eight DVDs.

Introduction to Judaism, 2004, 30 min.

Jerusalem: Center of the World, 2009, two-part series.

The Jewish People: A Story of Survival—Educator’s Edition, 2007, 104 min.

Judaism: Sarah’s Daughters, 1999, 26 min.

Keepers of the Faith: Hasidim in the New World and Beyond, 2000, 53 min.

Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites, 2003, 240 min.

Paper Clips, 2004, 84 min.

Punk Jews, 2012, 120 min.

Reform Judaism, 2007, 27 min.

Shock and Awe: The Exodus Narrative, 2008, 53 min.

Talmudic Thought, 2006, 93 min.

To Torah and Testimony, 2006, 63 min.

PODCASTS and RADIO

The Progressive Jewish Radio Hour

Faith Matters

Bi-weekly radio with Seth Schapiro (listen online)

Nachum Segal Network, “Jewish news around the world”

On Being, radio conversations and podcasts about the spiritual and intellectual content of faith.

TELEVISION

Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, weekly 30-min. PBS production

POPULAR FILMS and DOCUMENTARIES

American History X, 1998 (racism; neo-Nazism)

The Chosen, 1978 (Jewish Zionism, liberal Orthodox Judaism, Hasidism, American secularism)

Fiddler on the Roof, 1971 (modernization vs. tradition)

A Mighty Heart, 2007 (about Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl)

The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick, 1988 (young Jewish boy meets real life outside parents’ orthodoxy)

Paradise Now, 2005 (Jewish–Arab conflict)

Schindler’s List, 1993 (the Holocaust)

PERIODICALS

Jewish Chronicle, newspaper

Moment Magazine, largest U.S. independent Jewish magazine

Reform Judaism online

Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

Tikkun, a bimonthly Jewish critique of politics, culture and society

LITERATURE

The Chosen by Chaim Potok (the conflict of modernity, orthodoxy, and political Zionism), 1987

The Covenant by Naomi Ragen, 2005

The Finkler Question (Man Booker Prize) by Howard Jacobson (exclusion and belonging), 2010

Honey from the Rock: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism by Lawrence Kushner, 1999

The River of Light: Jewish Mystical Awareness by Lawrence Kushner, 2000

Sotah by Naomi Ragen (comparisons of Israeli Orthodox and American Jewish life), 2009

Souls on Fire: Portraits and Legends of Hasidic Masters by Elie Wiesel, 1982

The Source by James Michener, 1986

To the End of the Land by David Grossman (war and loss), 2010

Women’s Minyan by Naomi Ragen, 2006 (also a play)