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How Hanukkah, Christmas and a New Baby Inspired My Children’s Book

I created the Hanukkah book I wished my family had

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High Holiday Children’s Books for Interfaith Families

Review of several children’s books for the High Holidays.

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How Bedtime Stories Help Us Write a New Chapter of Jewish Tradition

By Shawna Gale My parents, who are both Jewish, were married in the 1970s. In the year they took their vows, only 36 percent of the Jewish respondents in a 2013 Pew Research Center survey had married spouses who were not Jewish. By 2005, the year I was married, that number had climbed to almost […]

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Hanukkah AND Christmas: 7 Books for Interfaith Children

Book recommendations for kids during December

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Faith, Race, Feminism and the Ties that Bind

Zach Levy, the left-leaning son of Holocaust survivors, promises his mother on her deathbed that he will marry within the tribe and raise Jewish children. When he falls for Cleo Scott, an African American activist grappling with her own inherited trauma, he must reconcile his old vow to the family he loves with the present […]

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Q&A with Simone Bloom Nathan

Simone Bloom Nathan, author of Eight Candles and a Tree, shares her inspiration for the kids’ book.

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Kids’ Books That Matter: Lashon Hara/Gossiping

Learn about great books for kids that deal with gossip and why not to do it.

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5 Things I Hope Rebecca Ferguson Knows Before Starring in The Red Tent

If you haven’t read Anita Diamant’s bestselling novel, The Red Tent, here is some extra incentive. Lifetime is launching what they call an “epic movie event” on December 7, starring Rebecca Ferguson, Minnie Driver, Morena Baccarin and Debra Winger based on the book. Even if it doesn’t go on your summer reading list, here are five […]

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Lessons from ‘My Basmati Bat Mitzvah’

I don’t normally read books written for middle schoolers, but I was in the children’s section of my local library picking up a book for my daughter the other day when I noticed a book with a bright yellow cover with a pretty Indian girl entitled My Basmati Bat Mitzvah, written by Paula J. Freedman, […]

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7 Ways to Make Shavuot More Meaningful

On Shavuot, Jews celebrate Matan Torah, the Giving of the Torah. If you didn’t grow up Jewish, or even if you did, you may not know much about Shavuot. Although Shavuot is one of the Shelosh Regalim (the three Pilgrimage Festivals), equal in importance to Passover and Sukkot, it’s less commonly celebrated than the other […]

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