Monthly Archives: June 2010

A History of Jewish Children’s Books—Part One

This is the first installment of a multi-part series, adapted from a talk given by Lisa Silverman, Blumenthal Library Director of the Sinai Temple, Los Angeles on May 23, 2010 at the Highlights Foundation Workshop, “Writing Jewish-themed Books for Children.” … Continue reading

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First Annual New York Sephardic Jewish Book Fair

I was excited to see this press release, passed on to The Whole Megillah by reader Dorothy Goldstone. I plan to attend. Hope to see you there! First Annual New York Sephardic Jewish Book Fair to be held July 25, … Continue reading

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This Month in Jewish History | Let History Inspire Your Writing

Just looking at the list of June events in Jewish history gave me several ideas I might use someday in my writing.  They included: June 5–Jews of Canada were accorded equal political rights with Christians, 1832. June 8–Jewish insurgent forces … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Righteous Smuggler

The Righteous Smuggler Written by Debbie Spring (Second Story Press, 2005, A Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers) Beginning in 1940 when the Germans occupy Holland, Hendrik Vandinther faces the restrictions, isolation, and ultimate removal of his Jewish friends from … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Jacqueline Dembar Greene

For June 2010, The Whole Megillah asked Jacqueline Dembar Greene a few thought-provoking questions. She took time from her busy writing and speaking schedule to share her thoughts. The Whole Megillah (TWM): How would you describe yourself as a writer? … Continue reading

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

I came to Washington, DC for a couple of days to do some onsite research at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) about the St. Louis.  In the sweltering heat, I waited outside for the museum to open with several … Continue reading

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Making Time to Write in an Impossibly Busy (Jewish) Life

The following comes from guest blogger Pamela Ehrenberg. As we fly out the door to my daughter’s preschool—”Is today the day you need a two-liter bottle/four dollars/a percussion instrument?” I sometimes think of the ancient Israelites, hastening to flee Egypt.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lost

Lost Written by Jacqueline Davies (Marshall Cavendish, 2009) I am a big fan of immigrant novels. My critical thesis in the Vermont MFA Program focused on the immigrant experience in children’s literature. For that work, I compiled a list of … Continue reading

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Librarian’s Notebook | Kathe Pinchuck

Kathe Pinchuck, The Whole Megillah‘s June 2010 Librarian of the Month, is the outgoing chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee and that experience has given her a unique perspective on Jewish children’s literature.  She is the librarian at … Continue reading

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