BOOKS FOR KIDS!
For ages 5 and up
Title: Aunt Claire's yellow beehive hair /
Author: Blumenthal, Deborah.
A girl, seeking her connection to family past and present, creates a special book in tribute and remembrance, leaving blank pages for future memories.
Title: Messes of dresses /
Author: Pertzig, Faigy
The New Yorker (Review)It is unquestionably the cute rhyming verses which give this book so much charm for 3 to 7 year olds. But there is a serious lesson to be learned by little girls who read this book. Gittel has her own house which she takes care of, and she enjoys having only two dresses to wear. Then a friend introduces her to the luxuries of many dresses until they are so plentiful they occupy all her time and energy. Finally, Gittel learns her lesson. In the meantime, the colorful airbrush illustrations by Tova Leff will cause any young lady to giggle and laugh. The lesson Gittel learns will make little girls better appreciate what they have and can't have in a simple to understand way and how possessions relate or don't relate to one's happiness in life. The idea is imaginative and the style is charming
Title: The brothers Schlemiel /
Author: Binder, Mark.
A contemporary version of the Helm stories.
For ages 7 and up
The magic pomegranate : a Jewish folktale /
Author: Schram, Peninnah.
Three handsome and clever brothers compete to find the world's most unusual gift. Includes a note on doing good deeds, or mitzvot, and discusses the symbolism of the pomegranate in Judaism.
Title: Portraits of Jewish American heroes /
Author: Drucker, Malka.
Profiles of: Haym Salomon -- Levi Strauss -- Emma Lazarus -- Louis Dembitz Brandeis -- Henrietta Szold -- Rachel (Ray) Frank -- Lillian Wald -- Harry Houdini (Ehrich Weiss) -- Albert Einstein -- Golda Meir -- Abraham Joshua Heschel -- Henry Benjamin (Hank) Greenberg -- Leonard Bernstein -- Bella Savitsky Abzug -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- Gloria Steinem -- Michael Schwerner And Andrew Goodman -- Steven Spielberg -- Judith Arlene Resnik -- Daniel Pearl.
BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS! (Ages 12 and up)
Title: Two parties, one tux, and a very short film about the Grapes of wrath /
Author: Goldman, Steven (Member of the temple!)
Children's Literature (Review)
What does any self-respecting high school student do when he hasn't read The Grapes of Wrath for his honors English class and he has to write a five-page paper on the book? If you are Mitchell Wells, you turn in a claymation film project he and another student did for their Digital Animation class, titling it "An Animated Exploration of Biblical Themes in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath." Mitch and his best friend, David, have things all figured out. It's their junior year and they are ready for it all—the classes, parties, girls, prom, sports, trying to just blend in. But all this takes a sharp turn when David comes out to Mitch and when Mitch is called to the principal's office because a parent complained that the video he turned in for his English assignment was offensive. Goldman has written a book that is totally in line with teens and what happens in their personal and school lives. He seems to understand their thinking, their language and their friendships. He has created believable characters in believable situations. Reviewer: Naomi Williamson
Title: The freak
Author: Matas, Carol
Fifteen-year-old Jade is having some strange after-affects following a high fever with meningitis. She sees auras around people’s heads, can read minds, and accurately predicts the future. Where do these abilities come from, and what do they suggest about free will, G-d, and the meaning of life? Can Jade change the future? Jade thinks she’s crazy and a freak, but her mother, father, grandmother, boyfriend, aunt, and a Jewish psychic named Frieda have other ideas. The suspenseful, entertaining, sometimes humorous plot plays out against a backdrop of Judaism, High Holidays, and local anti-Semitic skinheads bent on destroying Jews and immigrants. The Freak is Book One in The Freak series.
Title: The remarkable invention that saves Zion : a tale of TRIZ /
Author: Stupniker, Yehudit.
From the publisher:
The Theory of Invention Problem Solving (TRIZ) forms the scientific basis of this fast-paced adventure story that takes place in Israel's future.
Four Israeli students, along with their visiting American cousin, gain a sneak preview of the Professor's latest invention, only to open a Pandora's box of troubles. The young foursome allow the Professor's top security invention to be stolen by a spy. With this invention he is able to challenge the very foundations of Israeli society. Discovering his identity and uncovering his purpose will hopefully save the country and reawaken the bond that exists between the Land and its People. In order to uncover the spy and get back the invention, the group uses a TRIZ technique that will both amaze the reader and reveal how to unlock the ability to solve any problem with the innate logic of your mind.
BOOKS FOR ADULTS!
Title: Flowers of perhaps
Title: The journal of Helene Berr
Author: Berr, Helene
Title: Remember for life Holocaust survivors' stories of faith and hope
Author: Hirschfield, Brad
Title: Time-out sports stories as a game plan for spiritual success
Author: Lipman, Dov Moshe
Title: Don't mind me and other Jewish lies
Author: Cohen, Esther
Title: I feel bad about my neck : and other thoughts on being a woman /
Author: Ephron, Nora.
BIBLE AND OTHER TEXTS
Title: The year of living biblically : one man's humble quest to follow the Bible as literally as possible /
Author: Jacobs, A. J.
Title: Sefer Sipure maasiyot.
Author: Nahman of Bratzlav. In Hebrew.
Title: The clothes on their backs /
Author: Grant, Linda,
Title: Zion in the desert : American Jews in Israel's reform kibbutzim /
Author: Miles, William F. S.
Title: Testaments of Israel words of yesterday, images of today
Author: Wagner, John
Title: Making it happen your congregational trip to Israel
Publisher: New York Association of Reform Zionists of America
Title: Atem zokhrim et ha-shirim : You remember the songs.
Author: Yonatan Gefen
Title: Marc Chagall : works from the collections of the Muse'e National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Author: Chagall, Marc,
Title: Financial crisis sparks anti-Semitism
Author: Anti-Defamation League
Title: What do we do with a difference? France and the debate over headscarves in schools
Author: Facing History and Ourselves Foundation
Title: Stories of identity religion, migration and belonging in a changing world
Author: Facing History Foundation
Title: Totally unofficial Raphael Lemkin and the genocide convention
Author: Facing History and Ourselves Foundation
BOOKS ON CD
Title: Moscow rules
Author: Silva, Daniel,
Author: Roth, Philip.
Title: Defending identity : its indispensable role in protecting democracy /
Author: Shcharansky, Anatoly.
Title: The Mercedes coffin(mystery)
Author: Kellerman, Faye.
Title: The burnt house (mystery)
Author: Kellerman, Faye
MUSIC ON CD
Title: Oy vey! Klezmer for kids /
Author: Sruli and Lisa
FILMS ON DVD
Title: Evan almighty
Author: Barber, Gary
Title: Keeping up with the Steins /