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Cahan, Leonard (ed.) Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals. RA and USCJ, NY. 1998. ISBN 0916219135. [This new edition of Sim Shalom features gender-sensitive language, options to use the Imahot in the Amidah, an easier to follow layout, and increased use of transliteration. Contains services for Shabbat and festivals, but does not contain weekday services. Has a section on Shabbat and Holiday home rituals.]

Chanover, Hyman. Book of Prayer for Junior Congregations: Sabbath and Feast. United Synagogue Book Service; 1986. Hardcover. ISBN 0-838101-74-7.
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Cohen, Martin Samuel. Our Haven and Our Strength : The Book of Psalms.# Aviv Press (February 25, 2004). ISBN: 0916219224.
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Golinkin, Noah. Shalom Aleichem - Learn to read the Hebrew Prayerbook!.Hebrew Pub Co; 1978. Paperback. ISBN 0-884826-96-1.
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Golinkin, Noah. Ayn Keloheynu - Learn to comprehend the Hebrew Prayerbook in a new way. Sheingold Publishers, 1981, 1989. Paperback. ISBN 0-884001-36-9.
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Hammer, Reuven. Entering Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Personal Devotion and the Worship Service. Schocken Books; 1995. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-805210-22-9. [More than a 'how-to' guide, this book deals with the basic issues in prayer, the historical compilation of the Siddur; the orchestration of the daily, Sabbath, and festival prayers; the themes of special prayers, such as the Blessing After Meals and the Kaddish; and the essential experience of making prayer a vital part of one's life. Also explains differences between the liturgy of each of the Jewish movements.]
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Hammer, Reuven. Or Hadash: A Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals. Rabbinical Assembly (March, 2005) ISBN: 0916219305
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Harlow, Jules Ed. Liqqutei Tefillah: The Rabbis Manual. Rabbinical Assembly, New York. 1965. Out of Print

Harlow, Jules (ed). Mahzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; 1978. Hardcover. ISBN 0-874411-48-3. [The official Conservative machzor. The text is traditional, but references to the Temple and animal sacrifices have been modified in the same way as for "Siddur Sim Shalom". It has less Ashkenazic piyuttim than other machzorim, but adds some prayers and poetry from the Sephardic rite, as well as from some ancient machzorim.]
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Harlow, Jules (ed). Siddur Sim Shalom: A Prayerbook for Shabbat, Festivals, and Weekdays. United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; 1985. Hardcover. ISBN 0-916219-01-1. [Services for weekdays, Shabbat and Festivals, with additions for Israel Independence Day and Holocaust Memorial Day, as well as texts for Kiddush, zemirot, Blessings After Meals, Havdalah, and Shabbat and Holiday home rituals. Its introduction explains what changes exist, and the rationale behind them.]
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Rabbinical Assembly. (Sabbath Prayers) Seder Tefilot Yisra'el LeShabbat Uleshalosh Regalim. Rabbinical Assembly and United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. 1964.

Rabbinical Assembly. Weekday Prayer Book: Tefillot Liyemoth Hol. Rabbinical Assembly, New York. 1962.

Rabbinical Assembly: Rank, Perry Raphael; Freeman, Gordon M. (eds). Moreh Derekh : The Rabbi's Manual of the Rabbinical Assembly. Rabbinical Assembly, 1998. ISBN 0-916219-10-0. [Contains all the traditional services for all aspects of events such as births, bat or bat mitzvah, conversion to Judaism, aliyot on special occasions, weddings, divorces, sickness, and death. Also contains many innovative rituals, including prayers for retirement, special birthdays, anniversarys, a pilgrimage or aliyah to Israel, entering college, and healing service. Also has sensitive sections on infertility, abortion and miscarriages.]
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Rabbinowicz, Rachel Anne (ed). Passover Haggadah: The Feast of Freedom. United Synagogue Book Service; 1982. Paperback. 2nd ed. ISBN 0-870687-82-4. [Also used by many Orthodox and Reform Jews because of its combination of learning and accessibility with a useful lay-out. The official Conservative haggadah. Has a new translation and a detailed commentary. Clear instructions and explanations take the reader step by step through all of the Seder. Encourages the active participation of everyone.]
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The Shabbat Morning Torah Service Video Tape. The Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs, Inc. This VHS tape, with accompanying User's Guide, Glossary, and Torah Blessings Card is a great teaching tool for people unfamiliar with the procedures of the Torah Service, such as people asked to participate at a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

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