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Behind the Scenes: The Book of Secrets part 2
Posted by Mat Tonti on 10/22/2020 to
Behind the Scenes: The Book of Secrets part 1
Posted by Mat Tonti on 10/20/2020 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
Behind the Scenes: Noah Green Saves the World
Posted by Laura Toffler-Corrie on 10/13/2020 to
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 to
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 to
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
An Apple for the New Year!
Posted by Anna Burnstein Gilette on 9/15/2020 to
Enter any preschool classroom and you will likely find an image of a big red apple. It is one of the first words that children learn to read: A is for Apple . A reading nook might feature a bespectacled worm, sometimes donning a graduation cap,
Cultural Sensitivity through Hebrew and English Animal Sounds!
Posted by Ellen Bari on 9/14/2020 to
When Harry met Shula it was love at first sight. Harry was a nice American boy who had visited Israel. Shula was a nice Israeli girl exploring New York. The wedding, a tasteful blend of Middle Eastern and American customs, included a lovely
Have Fun Building like Hillel!
Posted by on 9/2/2020 to
Sukkot & Simchat Torah
On the fall harvest festival of Sukkot, we recall how the Jews wandered in the desert, dwelling in huts, after the exodus from Egypt. Today, we build “sukkot” – our own “hits” -to commemorate that time. A sukkah is a three-sided temporary house in which families and friends celebrate during the holiday....
Kar-Ben Read-Aloud Palooza
Posted by on 8/13/2020 to
Check out Kar-Ben’s read-a-louds! We are collecting videos of authors, educators, and librarians reading books aloud to support distance learning. If you’d like to read one of our books on video, please see our read-aloud guidelines.
Tu B'Av: Jewish Day of Love
Posted by on 8/4/2020 to
The 15 th of Av marks the holiday Tu B’av, the Jewish day of love. There are many different kinds of love a person can have towards others, from familial to romantic and everything in between. We would like to highlight some of our books that
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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