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School’s Out for Summer! Hot Books for Warm Days

Posted by D. Bach on 7/1/2019 to Jewish Values

Summer is a time to say goodbye to long days in school, and say hello to long summer days in the sun relaxing with friends.  But for some, summer is also time for new places, new people and new experiences.

The unique experience of a Jewish summer camp, with Shabbat celebrations, special songs, dances, art, and activities introduces campers to the richness of Judaism and helps build Jewish identity.  But going to camp for the first time, may bring worries about making friends, getting homesick, and trying new things.  Even veteran campers may want to try out these books to see a slice of life at a Jewish camp.

Teacher Resources for Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted by on 4/28/2019 to Holocaust
Many schools and community organizations create programs to observe the gravity of the Holocaust and to educate and create awareness among future generations.
Creating compelling programming for schools can pose a challenge, especially for children in younger grades who have not yet learned about the magnitude of the Holocaust. Children's picture books can be important tools for teaching about the Holocaust. Our books give children a first glimpse at history through unique lenses--modern cave exploration, collecting paper clips, a journey into space, and even from through perspective of a neighborhood cat.

Choosing the Right Haggadah for Your Seder

Posted by Kar-Ben Editors on 2/18/2019 to Passover
haggadah is a tool for storytelling and recounting the history of the Jewish people. It’s a source for prayer and song. It can include discussion questions and invite many levels of participation in the seder. The experience of storytelling is the most powerful when everybody is actively engaged. Do you want one individual to lead the seder, reading the story to those around the table? Do you want seder participants to take turns reading parts of the service? Selecting the best haggadah for your seder can be a lot of fun! You may even decide to use more than one! Here’s how to determine which haggadah(s) will work best for your group.

Welcoming This Bird Home: Translating Yuvi's Candy Tree into Hebrew

Posted by Lesley Simpson on 1/10/2019
This is the launch speech in English writer Lesley Simpson delivered in Ranana, Israel to celebrate the Hebrew translation of Yuvi’s Candy Tree. Learn how a movement began to share this story with people all across Israel

Compelling Story of Modern Exodus Shared In Israel

Posted by Kar-Ben Editors on 1/9/2019 to Meet a Kar-Ben Author
This is a story of radical hope. Yuvi’s Candy Tree (Kar-Ben Books 2011)  is a children’s picture book written by Canadian writer Lesley Simpson.  The book was inspired by Yuvi Tashome, who as a five year old girl, outwitted robbers in her exodus from Ethiopia to a Sudanese refugee camp. The book grew out of an interview Simpson, a Canadian journalist and children’s book writer (lesleysimpson.ca) requested with Yuvi Tashome when she was in North America in 2009, raising awareness and money for the NGO she founded in Israel called Friends by Nature.  When Simpson heard Tashome describe her Biblical-like exodus, it felt to her as if the Haggadah was coming alive before her eyes. She imagined a picture book and then wrote Yuvi’s Candy Tree.

Harry Lerner presents 100,000th book at PJ Library Minneapolis’ 10th birthday celebration

Posted by Kar-Ben editors on 11/13/2018
Lerner Publishing founder and PJ Library supporter Harry Lerner presented Noah Parks with the program’s milestone 100,000th free book at an event celebrating ten years of PJ Library, a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) held November 11. Parks, now age 11, has been receiving free books monthly since the inception of the program ten years ago.

Remembering Kristallnacht

Posted by Kar-Ben editors on 11/6/2018
"It is not easy to tell young kids the horrifying truth about the Holocaust, but this picture book is a good place to start."
--Booklist

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.
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 School’s Out for Summer! Hot Books for Warm Days
 Teacher Resources for Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day
 Choosing the Right Haggadah for Your Seder
 Welcoming This Bird Home: Translating Yuvi's Candy Tree into Hebrew
 Compelling Story of Modern Exodus Shared In Israel

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