Own Your Own . . .
Siddurim (Prayer Books) and Chumashim (Torah Commentaries)

As a vibrant community, one of our intentions is to help community members grow their Jewish and spiritual library – starting with our Siddur (prayer book), as well as Chumashim (Torah commentaries) and other literature.  Our hope is that B’Chavanah members will provide their own books – in addition to helping to build their spiritual lives, this helps to reduce the cost of operating our community. Additionally, this keeps our limited supplies of books available as we welcome guests.

Siddur (prayer book): Mishkan T’filah: A Reform Siddur (with or without transliterations – be sure to order the one you prefer). 

The siddur that we use is available from a number of places, including:

  • The publisher: Central Conference of American Rabbis
  •  Rosenblum’s World of Judaica, Skokie
  • Amazon

Chumashim for Torah Study:

We recommend a number of different books – choose one as fits your desire and budget:

– Our “standard” chumash is: Etz Hayim: Torah & Commentary (Conservative Movement / Jewish Publication Society)

  • Check the website of the Rabbinical Assembly for either the large and hardcover, or pocket-size and soft cover editions.

– The Torah: A Modern Commentary (Reform)
– The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (Reform)

  • Check the website of the Union for Reform Judaism.

– Commentary on the Torah by Richard Elliot Friedman (hardcover or paperback)

  • Check Amazon for this one

As you purchase books for your personal use, please consider the donation of an additional copy to B’Chavana for guest use as our community grows. We need both siddurim (prayer books) and Etz Hayim Chumashim (Torah commentaries).  Before purchasing, please check with Rabbi Belgrad as to need.


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