In Journeys to a Jewish Life, Paula Amann relates uplifting stories of Jews, many of them in their 50s and 60s, who have reconnected with their roots and found new meaning as they make their way back to Jewish life.
Some of Amann’s subjects had religious upbringings; others were not raised religiously but had a tenuous connection to Judaism— ”High Holiday Jews.” Some found congregational life to be devoid of meaning and sought answers in other traditions, including Eastern religions. Others were dissatisfied with having to pay synagogue dues. The return to Judaism, often coming in the form of being enlightened by books, mentors, involvement with Hebrew, Torah, or Israel, was marked by a new spiritual link that did not exist for these American Jews in the past. Many now keep kosher and observe the Sabbath.
Amann’s book is refreshing, and through the personal tales of so many individuals, answers questions regarding transformation, connection, and a rediscovery of a religious tradition that now provides true spiritual meaning in their daily lives. Readers will identify with these honest and detailed stories of those who discovered or rediscovered faith and now live a rich, vibrant Jewish life.