Sukkot – information for Parents and Children

Five days after Yom Kippur, Sukkot begins. It is a fall harvest holiday which dates back to the time of Moses. While wandering in the desert, the Jewish people built temporary huts. Upon reaching the land of Israel, they became farmers. At harvest time, they built little huts near their crops and lived in them until they finished harvesting. Today Sukkot celebrates the 40 years of wandering as well as the harvest. Many historians believe the American holiday of Thanksgiving is based on the holiday of Sukkot.

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A Song of Rosh Hashanah Greeting

Rosh Hashanah’s Here by Sylvia Rouss (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell) Rosh Hashanah’s here. Rosh Hashanah’s here. Shanah To-vah, Rosh Hashanah’s here. The shofar’s sound is loud. The shofar’s sound is loud. Shanah To-vah, the shofar’s sound is loud. The challah’s shape is round. The challah’s…

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Holiday Reading Round-Up

Holiday reading round-up for kids by Lisa Silverman, Jewish Journal The good news for Jewish children’s books this year is the occasion of the 20th anniversary of beloved picture book character Sammy Spider. There is even a colorful plush toy available on the publisher’s Web site (karben.com). Sammy’s creator, the…

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L’Shanah Tovah

A Rosh Hashanah memory from my soon to be published children’s story “Chair-ished Memories” “Okay, Bubbie, now, it’s my turn,” I looked at my Grandfather’s big chair at the head of the table. “Just before Rosh Hashanah, Zaydie took me to the grocery store to buy apples and honey so…

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Curriculum Opportunities

If you are a teacher, parent, librarian or someone just interested in expanding the experiences a child can have with one of my books,  you can visit my  Curriculum pages.   A sampling of activities: For Sammy Spider’s First Rosh HaShanah, you can use a picture of Sammy Spider and ask…

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