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Join Reform Jews across North America to come together in their own communities to read, explore and discuss social justice-themed books. RAC Reads provides all of the tools necessary to help get you started. We've selected best-selling books that address relevant social justice topics, provided questions to guide your discussion, tips on getting started and resources to help you take action. So grab a few of your fellow congregants, pull up a chair and let's get reading!


Mountains Beyond Mountains Book Jacket ImageMountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
by Tracy Kidder
Mountains Beyond Mountains follows Dr. Paul Farmer as he works to heal disease and fight poverty in underserved communities worldwide. MORE ->


Food Matters Book Jacket Image Food Matters: A Guide to Conscience Eating
by Mark Bittman
Food Matters seeks to help Americans eat responsibly, by calling attention to how government, marketing and global economics influence..." MORE »


When Everything Changed Book Jacket ImageWhen Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present
by Gail Collins
Explore the journey of the American women starting from the 1960 Gallup Pole finding 66% of women rejected the idea of a female president... MORE »

Helpful How-Tos

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Helpful tips for getting your congregation's social justice book club started!


Sacred TableThe Sacred Table: Creating a Jewish Food Ethic
edited by Mary L. Zamore
The Sacred Table is an anthology of diverse essays on Jewish dietary practices that creates a rich dialogue about the intersection of Judaism and food. MORE ->



Septembers of Shiraz Book Jacket ImageSeptembers of Shiraz: A Novel
by Dalia Sofer
The story of a modern day Iranian family dealing with the repercussions of the father's wrongful imprisonment and the challenges of being Jewish in a country with ever-growing Muslim fanaticism. MORE »


Whatever it Takes Book Jacket ImageWhatever it Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America
by Paul Tough
Follow the evolution of Harlem Children's Zone, a project to lift children out of economic and educational poverty in a challenging urban environment. MORE »

Additional Resources
List of significant Jewish books and discussion guides for self-facilitated adult education series provided by the Union for Reform Judaism and Reform Judaism magazine.
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