When Hannah's extended family isn't able to join her for their traditional Passover seder, she invites her diverse group of friends to experience the holiday with her. From Ha-joon's Korean kimchi, to Monique's hymn lyrics, each friend brings a bit of their own culture to the celebration. And with each guest the themes of freedom, hope, and thanks become more meaningful. A note tells the Passover story and a glossary defines vocabulary. Written with Deborah Bodin Cohen, illustrated by Mariia Kolker. Published by Kalaniot.
"In honor of the peace work of the bereaved families of the Parents Circle."
What happens when two boys--one Jewish, one Muslim--play football together in Jerusalem amidst the challenging political environment that surrounds them? Friendship.
This is the story of these two boys Avi and Ahmed, along with their families, who bond together. But when Ahmed doesn't show up for Avi's birthday party, Avi assumes the worst. Their story provides hope for the reader that anything is possible when people care about each other. Written with Inas Younis, illustrated by Leti Saad. Published by Dixi Books, available for worldwide free delivery from The Book Depository.
In the harsh desert, the Israelites wander on rugged paths, under the blazing sun, through chilly nights. It feels endless.
One day, the children discover a creature with a horn that glows like the moon and a coat that glistens like stained glass. A creature as real as hope, as real as joy. The journey to the Promised Land will be long, but the desert unicorn will light the way in this story inspired by an ancient rabbinic understanding of a creature in the book of Exodus.
Written with Bonnie Grubman, illustrated by Amberin Huq, published by Apples and Honey Press.
“Finally, someone has explained the age-old question about Adam and Eve’s belly buttons! No, not author Kerry Olitzky (though he too), but rather schoolchild Rebecca visiting the Natural Wonders Museum! A delightful book – for parents and children alike! “ Dr. Gary A. Rendsburg, Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History, Rutgers University
A group of kids are in a museum as part of a school field trip. Suddenly, the museum security guard announces that someone stole the belly buttons from the museum’s statue of Adam and Eve. This initiates a search for the missing belly buttons which is resolved with humor, insight and a bit of science.
Illustrated by Vivian Saad.
Published by Taylor and Seale
"A message that models important Jewish values" Sydney Taylor Shmooze
In a synagogue, everyone plays an important role: the rabbi, the cantor, the teachers, and even the congregation. But some synagogues are lucky enough to have a candy man. Everyone loves the Candy Man at Temple Shalom, especially the kids. It’s not just because of the delicious candy that he gives out after Shabbat services, either. Mr. Sharansky is always ready to help, whether it’s reading a book during junior congregation, telling a silly joke, or just sharing a friendly smile. But when the Candy Man goes missing, Josh and Becky get to work to uncover the mystery. In the end, the kids find the Candy Man—and so much more! Order at www.jkbc.com
Tova travels with her mother to Alaska during the summer. In the Land of the Midnight Sun, she is uncertain how to tell the correct time. Tova is unsure how to tell when the Sabbath begins or ends when the sun never seems to set. She decides to ask the animals if they know how to tell the time, but most of them do not know. Tova decides to find a wise whale. The orca shares the secret to understanding time with a circular sun and reminds her of the magic of the Sabbath.
Published by Relevant Publishers
"Strangers in Jerusalem evokes a possibility, one that we pray for when we look at our children and grandchildren. If they could visit one another’s holy places and pray for one another, instead of hate, we would all be healed.” Rabbi Burt Visotzky Director, Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue Jewish Theological Seminary
An American Muslim girl, afraid to be in Jerusalem, is asked to say a healing prayer for a Christian girl from home. She makes a Jewish and Christian friend along the way and finds that Israel is warm and welcoming.
Written with Inas Younis
Published by Brandylane Publishing
“This heartwarming story and these enchanting illustrations offer a beautiful message of faith, friendship and the power of love to unite us all. Rudy and his friends live out the message of both Torah and Gospel- providing children with wonderful models to affirm- during the Holiday Season and all year around!” a review by Rabbi Howard Berman
More than just a maintenance man, Rudy is an integral part of the synagogue family. He fixes things and comforts people. But when he gets hurt, he is unable to put up his Christmas tree and decorate his home. So members of the synagogue come to the rescue. This interfaith story helps people to understand that you can show kindness to people in the midst of their holidays, even when those holidays are not your own.
Illustrated by Jen Hernandez.
Published by Higher Ground Books and Media.
“Sam and Sophie is the perfect book for any growing family and is fully deserving of my Five Coffee Cup Rating" Kerri L Goyette, author of The Perfect Day series
What happens with older siblings when a child is born? Jealously--then unconditional love. Springing out of the tradition of planting a tree when a baby is born, this is a spiritual story of gratitude by an older sibling.
Illustrated by Jen Hernandez.
Published by Higher Ground Books and Media.
"This sweet modern midrash describes how Noah and his wife, Naamah, welcome the animals as they enter the ark two by two. Ever mindful of their needs, the couple arranged different-sized potties—big ones for elephants and little ones for lizards—a not-so-subtle lesson for potty trainees." Gloria Goldreich, Hadassah Magazine
Uh-oh! The animals need to go. Not just on a journey on Noah's Ark, but to the potty, too! Noah's wife, Naamah, helps each animal—owl, giraffe, monkey, raccoon, and even elephant—go potty while on the big ark. Illustrated by Abigail Thompkins, published by Kar Ben Publishing,
"This uplifting tale is a perfect Hanukkah gift for families to treasure year after year, showing young readers—in the true spirit of the season—that no matter how small they are, with the right attitude and a kind heart, they can make a big difference." Bucks County Magazine
Little Flicker is always cheering his friends on with words of encouragement and support. But as the smallest candle in the box, why should he be chosen to be the shamash in the Hanukkah menorah? Isn’t the job of lighting all the others candles too big for him? As it turns out, it’s the size of your heart that matters, and in that department, Little Flicker is huge! Written with Rabbi Jesse Olitzky, illustrated by Jen Kostman, published by Kalaniot Books.
Rabbi Jesse Olitzky reads the book aloud to the nursery school at Congregation Beth El, South Orange, NJ
"Waiting for El Colibrí is a story of a father and son, absence and return, hope and harvest. The sweet and colourful illustrations add to the book's charm.
Before leaving to harvest tomatoes, Papi leaves Pedro in charge of his own special garden. Pedro works hard to care for his garden but will his efforts be enough to entice the rare and majestic hummingbirds to come visit? Illustrated by Jen Kostman. Published by Floricanto Press.
Also available in a Spanish edition.
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