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Celebrating Family Time

Posted by Jacqueline Jules on 10/31/2018 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author

In 1995, when my boys were 11 and 14, I purchased a lovely book called Eight Nights, Eight Lights: Family Values for Each Night of Hanukkah, compiled by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky. It contained short inspirational passages to be read aloud as part of the candle-lighting ceremony. Some sections were written by modern rabbis. Others came from older Jewish texts. But each one provided a meaningful moment of reflection which added to our Hanukkah celebration, making this family time together more than just a gift-giving event.


The Paper Clips Project in Whitwell, Tennessee Celebrates Promoting Tolerance for 20 Years

Posted by Kar-Ben editors on 10/29/2018 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author

As we mourn the deaths of those in the Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy, it’s comforting to know that there are many good people in the world who stand with us. November 9 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Paper Clips Project in Whitwell, Tennessee, in which the teachers and students of this small rural community undertook to understand the magnitude of the death of the six million Jews who died in the Shoah. Our book, “Six Million Paper Clips,” which documents this project, continues to sell well throughout the world. Here are the remarks by our good friends and authors Peter Schroeder and Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand, which will be read at the 20th anniversary event.        

Trailblazers from the Start

Posted by by Tami Lehman-Wilzig on 10/11/2018 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author
            I know you're going to chuckle and think yeah, yeah when I say Jews have been trailblazers from the word go, but think about it. Long before environmental protection topped the world agenda it was an issue embedded in the bible; long before the “mosaic society” became part-and-parcel of 21st century life, Jews were a multi-cultural people by virtue of the diaspora. Then seventy years ago, a Jewish state with an entrepreneurial spirit was born embracing both.  By the end of its first decade the country had become a collage of cultures, its scientists exploring ways to harness solar power and create technology for maximizing limited water resources.

When a Rabbi Writes a Potty-Training Book

Posted by Kar-Ben Editors on 8/7/2018 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky has held many leadership positions in Jewish organizations.

He has written over 70 books and hundreds of articles

Yet, despite his many accomplishments, Rabbi Olitzky says that his latest project might be the most exciting of his career so far: writing a potty-training book with a Jewish bent. Where's the Potty On This Ark? is a whimsical retelling of the Noah's ark story. 

Guest Review: The World Needs Beautiful Things

Posted by Kar-Ben Editors on 7/17/2018 to Bible

This book is set in ancient Egypt. Let me set the scene for you: a marvelous boy filled with curiosity and optimism is enamored by every single thing that catches his eye. He finds beauty in all things. This boy, Bezalel, turns out to be, with other Israelites under Egyptian rule, a slave. However, his genuine curiosity and appreciating for all things--mostly forgotten things--is refreshing. His clinging to his ‘beautiful things box’ definitely hits home.


When a school in a tiny Tennessee town decided to remember the victims of the Shoah

Posted by on 4/12/2018 to Holocaust
Today is Yom Hashoah, a day commemorating those who perished in the Holocaust and honoring those who survivedToday’s news sites carried a story about a recent survey commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against GermanyAccording to the study, 41 percent of Americans —-and 66 percent of millennials—- did not know what Auschwitz was.

Six Inspiring Stories Celebrating Immigration

Posted by Kar-Ben Editors on 9/14/2017 to Jewish Values
Moving from a familiar place to a new one in the hopes of a different life can be a difficult concept for children to understand. 

A MODEL OF LEARNING: Drop by Drop: A Story of Rabbi Akiva

Posted by by Jacqueline Jules on 7/31/2017 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author
To read, the mind must make meaning from symbols. The letter “A” represents a particular sound. That sound combines with other sounds to become a word. The process is not easy, and for many children, reading must be broken down into discrete parts before it can be mastered.
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 Harry Lerner presents 100,000th book at PJ Library Minneapolis’ 10th birthday celebration
 Remembering Kristallnacht
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 The Paper Clips Project in Whitwell, Tennessee Celebrates Promoting Tolerance for 20 Years
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