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The Abba Tree: A Brief Tree Guide
Posted by Kar-Ben Team on 12/31/2020 to
Yiddish: Not just a once-upon-a-time language
Posted by Anna Burnstein Gilette on 12/22/2020 to
For the children and grandchildren of Central and Eastern European Jews, Yiddish is the once-upon-a-time language of the ancestors that gives expression to centuries of culture and history. Life for Jews in Central and Eastern Europe
What Will Your Soundtrack Be This Winter?
Posted by Anna Burnstein Gilette on 12/17/2020 to
A musician can play a song from memory, but they likely could not recite the notes of the same song. When a musician knows a song by heart the body and breath remember instinctively what to do. Today we know that
Top 5 Kar-Ben Recipes for Hanukkah!
Posted by Kar-Ben Team on 12/8/2020 to
A Victory is That Much Sweeter When it Belongs to The Underdog
Posted by Anna Burnstein Gilette on 12/1/2020 to
Hanukkah is the fun Jewish holiday. Most of us associate Hanukkah with deep-fried foods like potato latkes and sufganiyot, parties with friends and family, playing dreidel and opening gifts. These are traditions whose origins, interestingly,
An Iron Lady from Humble Origins: A Lesson in Courage
Posted by Anna Burnstein Gilette on 11/20/2020 to
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
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
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 to
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 to
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.
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Sukkot & Simchat Torah
When Celebrating Sukkot, ‘The More the Merrier’
Healing the World with Two Simple Words
Something New for Rosh Hashanah: Be Like the Moon
Behind the Scenes: Rosh Hashanah with Uncle Max