Conference Proceeding: All-of-a-Kind Family, Not Any More/ High Holidays and Beyond

There is a need to write Jewish children’s books that speak to the recent fascinating and much discussed poll of the American Jewish community by the Pew Research Center’s Religion &Public Life Project, the first major survey of American Jews in more than 10 years, which finds a significant rise in those who are not religious, marry outside the faith and are not raising their children Jewish. How will the Jewish community (and by extension Jewish libraries) cope with these changes and how will good Jewish children’s books help us succeed in raising Jewish kids?
While the High Holy Days and Holocaust related stories make up a large share of Jewish-themed children’s literature, there is also a growing body of published books that tap into Jewish culture through humor and exploration of cultural values and identifiers such as social justice themes, Chelm stories, and yiddishkeit books. This presentation explores these books and their value in education.