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An Iron Lady from Humble Origins: A Lesson in Courage

Posted by Anna Burnstein Gilette on 11/20/2020
In 1898 Goldie Mabovitch was born in Kiev, Ukraine. One of Goldie’s first childhood memories was watching her father board up their home in fear that a pogrom would soon be on their doorstep. It is hard to imagine such an experience through the

Behind the Scenes: Beni's War

Posted by on 11/10/2020 to Israel
Tammar Stein is back with the sequel to The Six-Day Hero, Beni's War . This novel follows the journey of Beni, as he learns friendship, bravery, and trust all the while the Yom Kippur War has begun. We interviewed Tammar Stein and went behind the scenes to find out the inspiration behind the novel, personal story attachments, and other interesting facts about this Kirkus Starred Review novel.

#OneKindAct: Rosie Saves the World - Who Are You For?

Posted by Anna Burnstein Gilette on 11/5/2020 to Jewish Values
The Jewish concept of tikkun olam means “to repair the world.” Not only are there many struggles, there are numerous ways a person can help each one. That is a massive undertaking. Where does one even begin? War, oppression, climate

Behind the Scenes: Happy Birthday, Trees!

Posted by Kar-Ben Team on 10/28/2020
Holly Sterling is the illustrator behind Kar-Ben's latest Tu B'Shevat board book, Happy Birthday, Trees!. We had a conversation with her about the inspiration and the process she took to create the illustrations found in this cute story. 

Behind the Scenes: The Book of Secrets part 3

Posted by Mat Tonti on 10/23/2020
Mat Tonti explores the world of Jewish folklore in his graphic novel, The Book of Secrets. Each story is connected through Ben and Rose's quest to find their missing grandparents, but how did Mat Tonti decide which stories to use? Read through part 3, the final stories of Ben's and Rose's epic quest.

Behind the Scenes: The Book of Secrets part 2

Posted by Mat Tonti on 10/22/2020

Behind the Scenes: The Book of Secrets part 1

Posted by Mat Tonti on 10/20/2020 to Bible
Mat Tonti explores the world of Jewish folklore in his graphic novel, The Book of Secrets . Each story is connected through Ben and Rose's quest to find their missing grandparents, but how did Mat Tonti decide which stories to use? Read through

Behind the Scenes: Noah Green Saves the World

Posted by Laura Toffler-Corrie on 10/13/2020
Did you ever think, I bet I could write a book but I don’t know how? Well, here’s a secret. I believe that we’re all storytellers. As a matter of fact, we tell stories everyday. Think about it. We don’t talk in laundry lists, like, “I went to the

What Does Archery Have to do with Yom Kippur?

Posted by Anna Burnsten Gilette on 9/25/2020
On Yom Kippur, we say we atone for our sins. The Hebrew word chet is often translated to English as sin. A more accurate translation, however, would be “to miss the mark.” Imagine yourself aiming an arrow at a target; you aim for the bullseye but

Helping Each Other During Quarantine

Posted by Anna Burnsten Gilette on 9/22/2020
Most people know the story of Anne Frank, but not everyone knows the story of Miep Gies, one of the people who helped Anne and her family hide from the Nazis for two years. Miep brought the Franks food and other necessities while they were in
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 An Iron Lady from Humble Origins: A Lesson in Courage
 Behind the Scenes: Beni's War
 #OneKindAct: Rosie Saves the World - Who Are You For?
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