Summer Resources 2018

Summer 2018 book suggestions


Below are some highlighted reading material to enjoy this summer along with some links to practice hebrew.  Click here for a full list of summer resources Keep coming back for updates.







A Concert in the Sand

Tami Shem-Tov

"In 1936 Tel Aviv, a boy accompanies his grandmother on a walk along the beach, buying seltzer, looking in shops, talking with friends, and following men with strange-shaped cases. They end by meeting violinist Bronislaw Huberman and seeing the first performance of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra"--Provided by publisher.

Rifka take a bow by Betty Rosenberg Perlov

The Courage to be Kind who will you be: Sam or Ellie?

Jenny Levin & Rena Rosen

In The Courage to Be Kind, authors Jenny Levin and Rena Rosen teach children and parents how to act and respond when they see someone who looks different. Learn with Sam and Ellie as they encounter and interact with several kids in different ways. Ellie is blunt and often offensive. Sam tries to find common ground with each person and provides an example of how to behave.

We're All Wonders by R.J. Polacio

Yaffa and Fatima : Shalom, salaam

Adapted by Fawzia Gilani-Will.

"Yaffa and Fatima live on neighboring date farms. When very little rain leads to a poor harvest, both women go to extra measures to make sure that their neighbor doesn't go hungry"-- Provided by publisher.

A Thread of Kindness: A Tzedaka story by Leah Pearl Sholler


The Girl with the Red Balloon

Katherine Locke

When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she's caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic.  She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people . 

The Librarian of Aushwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Almost Autumn Marianne Kaurin As autumn approches Ilse Stern is thinking about her infatuation with Hermann Rod, and whether his determination to be a painter will interfere with their romance--but the reality of being Jewish in occupied Oslo is about to turn her whole world upside down.   Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
Girl in the Blue Coat Monica Hesse

In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, teenage Hanneke--a 'finder' of black market goods--is tasked with finding a Jewish girl a customer had been hiding, who has seemingly vanished into thin air, and is pulled into a web of resistance activities and secrets as she attempts to solve the mystery and save the missing girl.


Tamar by Mal Peet


The Chateau

Paul Goldberg

Facing daunting prospects after losing a prestigious job, a once-successful science reporter investigates the suspicious death of his college roommate, a Miami Beach plastic surgeon, in an all-or-nothing case that is shaped by the schemes of the reporter's political dissident father.  An offbeat historical fiction book. 

The Eighth Wonder by Leslie Epstein

Eternal Life

Dara Horn

Ever since she made a deal to save her son's life in Roman-occupied Jerusalem, Rachel has been doomed to live forever.

Sunday Jews by Hortense Calisher

Sadness is a White Bird

Moriel Rothman-Zecher

A young Israeli reflects on the circumstances and choices that led to his imprisonment, a downward spiral involving his friendship with two Palestinian twins, his deeply ingrained loyalties to his family and his service in the Israeli army.

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Immortalists

Chloe Benjamin

A thought-provoking, sweeping family saga set in New York City's Lower East Side, 1969. Four siblings sneak out to visit a psychic who reveals to each, separately, the exact date of his or her death. The book goes on to recount five decades of experience shaped by the siblings' attempts to control fate.

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Memento Park

Mark Sarvas

Learning that a painting that was stolen from his family during World War II has been found, Hungarian native Matt Santos is challenged to repair complicated relationships, uncover important family history and restore his own connection to Judaism in order to recover the artwork.

Moonglow by Michael Chabon

The Genius of Judaism

Bernard-Henri Lévy

In The Genius of Judaism Europe’s foremost philosopher and activist confronts his own spiritual roots and the religion that has always inspired and shaped him—but that he has never fully reckoned with. The result is a breathtaking new vision and understanding of Judaism and what it means to be a Jew, a vision quite different from the one we are used to.

The story of the Jew by Simon Schama

Aleph Bet Memory Game Practice the Hebrew letters with an online memory game.  
Click and Pray Practice reciting the prayers by clicking on the prayer and hearing it read to you while you follow along.
The Great Aleph Bet Race Practice your Hebrew by racing to collect all the falling letters.
Mitzvah Island Join your "mitzvah friends", Sarah and Avi on all their mitzvah adventures. This animated series teaches young children about Jewish life and values


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