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 Real Watermelon in a Real Sukkah

Betsy Zalaznick, Religious School Director of Or Chadash in Flemington, NJ sent  me  wonderful emails during the Sukkot Holiday telling me how the children in her Temple used my newest book, A Watermelon in the Sukkah, to enhance their holiday experience. Hi. We read your book on opening day to…

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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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Shavuot for Parents and Children

Shavuot – Background for Parents (Researched and written by Sylvia Rouss)  Shavuot is celebrated seven weeks after Passover, usually in late May or early June when the wheat harvest ripens. Shavuot which means “weeks” is also known as the “Festival of  First Fruits.” In biblical times, farmers brought bread baked…

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