LATEST BOOK – In the Spirit of the Holidays

In this collection of 146 poems designed to be read at home or at synagogue, privately or aloud, Janet Ruth Falon questions, grapples with, and sometimes turns concepts and rituals about the Jewish holidays inside out.  Using down-to-earth language, Falon at times questions long-standing practices and beliefs, and shows how engaging with the particulars of each holiday can lead to new, lively connections and significance.  Just as she searched for meaning by writing this poetry, readers can find their own meaning in her work, or perhaps be inspired to write their own responses to the holidays.  Click here to read more.

How to Buy

“In the Spirit of the Holidays” is available on Amazon.  You can also buy it at Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park, and by sending me a Contact Message, or by email.


“To see the Jewish festivals refracted through the eyes and ears of a spiritually drawn Jew who then gives them shape and color in playful, serious verse gives new life to them and to us.”

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, author of “Seasons of Our Joy,” “Down-to-Earth Judaism,” and “Godwrestling — Round 2.”  Arthur Ocean Waskow is an American author, political activist, and rabbi associated with the Jewish Renewal movement

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 13, 7-8:30

Elkins Park Free Library, 563 Church Rd, Elkins Park, PA
Book reading, followed by Passover-themed writing workshop

Sunday, March 24, 2-4 (reading at 4)

Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter lane, West Mt. Airy neighborhood
(215) 844-1870
Passover-themed writing workshop followed by book reading
Must sign up in advance for the workshop; reading starts about 4

Thursday, March 28, 7-8

Tiferet Bet Israel, 1920 W Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA
(610) 275-8797
Book reading/writing workshop

Sunday, March 31, 10-12

Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel (library)
8339 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA
(215) 887-8700
Book reading/writing workshop

Tuesday, April 2, 10-12

Gratz College
7605 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027
(215) 635-7300
Passover-themed writing workshop /reading
Must sign up in advance

The Jewish Journaling Book:  How to use Jewish tradition to write your life & explore your soul

Explore your experiences, relationships, and feelings through this guided tour of journal-keeping in Jewish tradition.