Solo Volumes from CCAR Press

These Words: Poetic Midrash on the Language of Torah (2023) Liturgist Alden Solovy distills Torah to its essence. Echoing the midrash that the Torah has seventy faces, Solovy selects seventy of its Hebrew words ripe with meaning. For each word, he delves into the etymology, translation, and usage, providing deeper insights into familiar texts. The discussion of each of the seventy words in this volume is followed by a poem by Solovy each a “poetic midrash” inspired by and interpreting each word, from b’reishit (“in beginning”) to shamayim (“heavens”) to zachor (“remember”).

This Precious Life: Encountering the Divine in Poetry and Prayer (2021) – Prayers, poetry, and meditations inspired by encounters with God. The first half draws from divine moments in our sacred texts. Using a contemporary voice, Solovy reimagines these holy moments as experienced by our biblical ancestors so we can reclaim them as our own. The second half focuses on sacred moments in our daily lives, connections with the Divine that occur simply because we are human beings created in God’s image. This book completes a trilogy with This Grateful Heart and This Joyous Soul.

This Joyous Soul: A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings (2019) – This volume of creative liturgy opens a door into the transformative power of prayer. Structured to reflect the morning service found within Mishkan T’filah, this collection invites a deeply personal prayer experience that will strengthen our connection to Judaism and to the Reform siddur, while inspiring us to make the daily prayer service our own. Use it to supplement your daily prayers, or as an alternative siddur in your personal prayer and meditation routine. This book is the second in a trilogy with This Precious Life and This Grateful Heart.

This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day (2017) – This Grateful Heart offers an anthology of modern day psalms and prayers to lift us up, inspire our days, and mark our milestones. The focus: sacred time, with prayers and meditations for a lifetime of joys and sorrows, as well as secular holidays and Jewish holy days. For clergy, it offers supplementary material for use in services and life cycle rituals; for the individual, this collection can serve as a way to give voice to the joys and sorrows of everyday life. It is the first volume of a trilogy with This Precious Life and This Joyous Soul.

Solo Volumes from Kavanot Press

hagaddahcompanion1jewishprayers1-150x150Hagaddah Companion: Meditations and Readings (2014) – This volume of 18 readings expands upon key themes in the Seder service, ranging in topic from freedom to social justice, from praise to redemption, from Egypt to Jerusalem.

Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing (2013) – This is simple and profound collection of meditations, poetry, and prayer. “Soulful and meticulously crafted,” says the Jerusalem Post Magazine, this resource offers prayers of joy, thanks and praise for people of all faiths.

CCAR Press volumes with Alden’s work

The Year of Mourning: A Jewish Journey (2023)

Prophetic Voices: Renewing and Reimagining Haftarah (2023)

Mishkan Ga’avah: Where Pride Dwells (2020)

Mishkan T’shuva: High Holy Day Machzor for the World Union for Progressive Judaism (2019)mishkan_rgcofuah_coverxGates of Shabbat

Mishkan Avielut: Where Grief Resides (2019)

Gates of Shabbat: A Guide for Observing Shabbat (2016)

Mishkan HaNefesh, Machzor for the Days of Awe (2015)

Mishkan R’Fuah: Where Healing Resides (2013)

L’chol Z’man v’Eit: For Sacred Moments, Rabbi’s Manual (2015)

Anthologies including Alden’s work

Books by Anita Diamantimage

Saying Kaddish (Anita Diamant, Schocken, 2019)

Choosing a Jewish Life (Anita Diamant, Schocken, 2016)

Books by Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Not by MightPsalms for Today: Calling Out (UJA-NYC, 2024)

Am Yisrael Chai: Essays, Prayers, and Poems (UJA-NYC, 2023)

Not by Might: Channeling he Power of Faith to End Gun Violence (Rabbis Against Gun Violence, 2016)

When We Turned Within: Reflections on COVID-19 (UJA-NYC, 2020)

The Hope: American Jewish Voices in Support of Israel (2014)

Other Books including his work

Siddur of Reentering (The Covenant Foundation, 2023)

Siddur Na’aseh v’Nishma (Makom Shelanu Congregation, Fort Worth, 2023)

Siddur Shirat HaLev: The City Shul Community Prayerbook (City Shul of Toronto, 2022)

Jewish End-of-Life Care in a Virtual Age: Our Traditions Reimagined (Albion-Andalus Books, 2021)

שנאת חנם: A Resource Guide for Rabbis & Others on the first anniversary of the attack at Tree of Life Synagogue” (American Jewish Committee, 2019)

Men Pray front.inddOf Womb and Tomb: Prayer in Time of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth (GIA Publications, 2019)

Bulletproofing the Psyche: Preventing Mental Health Problems in Our Military and Veterans (Praeger, 2018)

Seasons of Hope: Prayers & Reflections on Aging (Little Sisters of the Poor, 2014)

Machzor L’Yamim Noraim: A Prayerbook for the Days of Awe (Hallmark Jewish Committee, Chicago, 2014)

Men Pray (Skylight Paths Publishing, 2013)

Awards and recognition (selected)

2023 Silver Medal in the category of Inspirational/Spiritual awarded to These Words: Poetic Midrash on the Language of Torah, Independent Book Publishers Awards

2019-2024 Liturgist-in-Residence, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem

2016 ELI talks fellow, “Falling in Love with Prayer

Jewish Book Council Logo2015 Liturgist-in-Residence, National Havurah Committee Summer Institute

Jewish Book Council, Network Author, 2014-2015

Editorial Writing, Peter S. Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism, The Chicago Headline Club, 2004

Column/Commentary, Peter S. Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism, The Chicago Headline Club, 1998

Column/Commentary, Peter S. Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism, The Chicago Headline Club, 1996

Other selected publications including Alden’s work

Sacred Journey Journal Summer 2011JWW Women of Congo and SudanBechol LashonCCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly (Fall, 2019)

Prayers of Comfort (Palliative Care Dept., University of Michigan Health System, 2012)

Sacred Journey, The Journal of Fellowship in Prayer, Summer 2011

High Holiday Prayers (Bechol Lashon, 2011)

Book of Blessings, High Holidays 5772 (Jewish World Watch, 2011)

Articles, Quotes, Art and Reviews

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“Alden has become one of Reform Judaism’s master poet-liturgists…" - Religion News Service, Dec. 23, 2020

“Mesmerizing, spiritual, provocative, and thoughtful, Alden was everything you would want in a guest scholar and teacher.” – Rabbi Denise L. Eger, Congregation Kol Ami, Los Angeles, and Past President, CCAR

"Alden Solovy has become one of the most revered liturgists of the last decade…" - Jewish Post & Opinion, March 29, 2023

“Alden left everyone feeling inspired.” – Cantor Jeri Robins, Shabbat Chair, NewCAJE6