Ritual Resources for Jewish Celebrations
Here is a sampling of resources, reflecting a diversity of Jewish practice, for planning the ritual part of your simchah/celebration. Although this booklet addresses the purchasing decisions families make when planning Jewish celebrations, rather than the ritual decisions, these ritual choices, too, are a wonderful opportunity to creatively express your values.
Ritual Resources for Bar and Bat Mitzvah Celebrations
- Book Danny Siegel’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah Book: A Practical Guide for Changing the World Through Your Simcha by Danny Siegel (2004: The Town House Press) Order through CMS Distributing, Naomike@aol.com.
- Booklet Elijah’s Covenant Between the Generations: Curriculum & Ceremony for Teens on the Climate Crisis by Rabbis Jeff Sultar & Arthur Waskow (2008: The Shalom Center) For purchase at 215.844.8494, Greenmenorah@shalomctr.org.
- Book Make Your Own Bar/Bat Mitzvah: A Personal Approach to Creating a Meaningful Rite of Passage by Goldie Milgram (2004: Jossey-Bass)
- Book Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin (1996: Jewish Lights Publishing)
- Book For Teens Putting God on Your Guest List: How to Claim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin (1998: Jewish Lights Publishing)
- Article “A Rosh Hodesh Ceremony for Bat Mitzvah Daughters,” by Sherry Rosen, in Kerem: Creative Explorations in Judaism (Volume 6, 5759/1999) For purchase at www.kerem.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Website Ritual Well: Ceremonies for Jewish Living. New rituals for “Bat/Bar Mitzvah” at www.ritualwell.org/lifecycles/adolescence/barbatmitzvah
Ritual Resources for Jewish Commitment Ceremonies and Weddings
- Booklet Bringing the Orange Under the Huppah: Progressive Jewish Alliance Resources for Marriage Equality (Progressive Jewish Alliance, www.pjalliance.org)
- Book chapter “Brit Ahuvim: A Marriage Between Subjects,” chapter 5 in Engendering Judaism: An Inclusive Theology and Ethics by Rachel Adler (1998: Beacon Press)
- Article “Kiddushin and Kesharin: Toward an Egalitarian Wedding Ceremony,” by Cheryl Beckerman, in Kerem: Creative Explorations in Judaism (Volume 5, 5757/Spring 1997) For purchase at www.kerem.org, or email email@example.com
- Article “A New Take on Kiddushin: Halakhic, Egalitarian, Non-Heterosexist,” by Shalom Flank, in Kerem: Creative Explorations in Judaism (Volume 8, 5763/2002) For purchase at www.kerem.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Book The New Jewish Wedding by Anita Diamant (2001: Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
- Book The Creative Jewish Wedding Book: A Hands-on Guide to New & Old Traditions, Ceremonies & Celebrations by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer (2004: Jewish Lights Publishing)
- Website Ritual Well: Ceremonies for Jewish Living. New rituals for “Intimacy & Partnering” at www.ritualwell.org/lifecycles/intimacypartnering
- Program The wedding of Tamara Cohen and Gwynn Kessler, 2004 from The Jewish Women’s Archive:http://jwa.org/feminism/_html/JWA100.htm
Resources for Green and Just Jewish Living
Resources for Greener Commitment Ceremonies and Weddings
- Book Eco-Chic Weddings: Simple Tips to Plan an Environmentally Friendly, Socially Responsible, Affordable, and Stylish Celebration by Emily Elizabeth Anderson (2007: Hatherleigh Press)
- Website Great Green Wedding www.greatgreenwedding.com
- Book Green Weddings That Don’t Cost the Earth, by Carol Reed-Jones (1996: Paper Crane Press)
- Book Organic Weddings: Balancing Ecology, Style and Tradition by Michelle Kozin (2003: New Society Publishers)
- Online Magazine Portovert, “The exclusive wedding magazine for eco-savvy brides and grooms.” www.portovert.com
- Book The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-friendly Wedding on any Budget by Kate L. Harrison (Forthcoming December 2008: Sourcebooks) Read excerpts and order at www.thegreenbrideguide.com.
Jewish Resources for Green and Just Purchasing
- Booklet Caring for the Cycle of Life: Creating Environmentally Sound Life-Cycle Celebrations by Mark X. Jacobs (The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, www.coejl.org)
- Website Fair Trade Judaica by Ilana Schatz & David Lingren. www.fairtradejudaica.org
- Booklet Food for Thought: Hazon’s Curriculum on Jews, Food, and Contemporary Life by Nigel Savage & Anna Stevenson (2007: Hazon, www.hazon.org)
- Article “Simplicity as a Jewish Path” in Reconstructionism Today by Rabbi Moti Rieber & Betsy Platkin Teutsch (Winter 2002/2003: Jewish Reconstructionist Federation) www.jrf.org/showrt&rid=529
- Book Jews, Money, and Social Responsibility: Developing a “Torah of Money” for Contemporary Life by Lawrence Bush & Jeffrey Dekro (1993: The Shefa Fund)
- Booklet No Shvitz: Your One Stop Guide to Fighting Sweatshops (Progressive Jewish Alliance, www.pjalliance.org/UserFiles/File/PDF/OrderShvitz.pdf)
Resources for Greener Purchasing, Socially Responsible Investing, and Simpler Living
- Directory National Green Pages™ (2008: Co-op America/Green America) Search free at www.greenpages.org, 800.58.GREEN
- Booklet Guide to Ending Sweatshops (2008: Co-op America/Green America) Free download from www.sweatshops.org, or order free for the price of shipping at email@example.com, or call 800.58.GREEN.
- Booklet Guide to Fair Trade (2007: Co-op America/Green America) Free download from www.fairtradeaction.org, or order free for price of shipping at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 800.58.GREEN.
- Booklet Guide to Socially Responsible Investing (2008: Co-op America/Green America) $6 from email@example.com, or 800.58.GREEN
- Booklet Tips for Parenting in a Commercial Culture (Revised edition 2006: Center for a New American Dream) Free download from http://www.newdream.org/kids/brochure.php.
- Book What Kids Really Want That Money Can’t Buy: Tips for Parenting in a Commercial Culture, by Betsy Taylor (Center for a New American Dream) $14 from www.newdream.org/publications.