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Honoring Jewish American Heritage

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Karina and Matthew talk about the ripples from recent synagogue attacks, books that center the Jewish faith and culture, and we’re reminded that we are all made of stories.

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Jewish American Illustrators featured in the 2019 Jewish American Heritage Month theme

Woman died jumping in front of rabbi during California synagogue shooting“(Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2019)

Anti-Semitic incidents are surging across the U.S. Here are the numbers (Los Angeles Times, October 30, 2018)

Trump Defends Initial Remarks on Charlottesville; Again Blames ‘Both Sides’ (New York Times, August 15, 2017)

Swastikas and Burning Pride Flags: Hate Crimes Spike in N.Y. (New York Times, June 5, 2019)

One Dead in Synagogue Shooting Near San Diego; Officials Call It Hate Crime (New York Times, April 27, 2019)

Leslea Newman (author website)

This Jewish Day School is Hosting a Drag Queen Shabbat Ceremony (The Jerusalem Post, January 19, 2018)

The Book of Life: a podcast about Jewish people and the books we read (hosted by Heidi Rabinowitz)

Jewish Kidlit Mavens (public Facebook group)

PJ Library (free, award-winning books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children 6 months through 8 years old)


*Book list curated this week by Heidi Rabinowitz of The Book of Life podcast

Picture Books:

Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Amy June Bates

Here Is the World: A Year of Jewish Holidays by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Susan Gal

A Sweet Passover by Leslea Newman, illustrated by David Slonim (PJ Library Guide for A Sweet Passover)

Kibitzers and Fools by Simms Taback (PJ Library Guide for Kibitzers and Fools)

The Always Prayer Shawl by Sheldon Oberman (PJ Library Guide for The Always Prayer Shawl)

Mitzvah Pizza by Sarah Lynn Scheerger, illustrated by Deborah Melmon (PJ Library Guide for Mitzvah Pizza)

Middle Grade:

All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor (PJ Library Guide for All of a Kind Family)

(All of a Kind Family companion)

The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz (PJ Our Way Guide for The Inquisitor’s Tale)

The Six-Day Hero by Tammar Stein (PJ Our Way Guide for The Six-Day Hero)

Queen of Likes by Hillary Homzie (PJ Our Way Guide for Queen of Likes)

Graphic Novel:

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch (PJ Our Way Guide for Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword)

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