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Aaron's Bar Mitzvah

By Sylvia A. Rouss
Sarah Leah Jacobs is very upset with her older brother, Aaron. He doesnít have time to read a story with her, play a board game, even throw a ball back and forth. Aaron is so busy studying for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah, itís as if Sarah doesnít even exist.

Hmpf! Sarah will show him! First, she hangs a birdhouse near Aaronís bedroom window to attract a noisy woodpecker. Then, she encourages Mazel, the neighborís puppy, to run off with her brotherís ball and hide it far, far away. And that is only the beginning . . .

In this second volume in the delightfully humorous Growing Up Jewish With Sarah Leah Jacobs series, Sarah eventually comes to realize that although her brother is quickly becoming a young man, she will always be his little sister and hold a very special place in his heart.

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A Fitting Bar Mitzvah

By Marcie Meier
Sammy's getting ready for that big day! His adventures to the tailor and the sofer teach him some special things about his Bar Mitzvah, and "counting." A delightful and educational story for children, filled with beautiful color illustrations.

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My Brother's Bar Mitzvah
My Brother's Bar Mitzvah

By Janet Gallant
Sarah cannot believe that in one year's time Ben will be a man; he is such a "messy, dumb kid." All year she repeats that he will never be ready, but on the day of his bar mitzvah, she is impressed by his knowledge.

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A Belfer Bar Mitzvah
A Belfer Bar Mitzvah

By Gloria Teles Pushker and Judith Hierstein
Bar Mitzvah (son of the commandment) and Bat Mitzvah (daughter of the commandment) mark the age when adult reason and responsibility begin. In this third book about her, Toby Belfer, a Jewish girl growing up in rural Louisiana, learns about the Bar Mitzvah ceremony through her older cousin Paul. Beginning with Toby's invitation to Paul's Bar Mitzvah and ending with the cutting of the challah and the traditional dance called the horah, the reader is led through the experience of this ancient ceremony. Now Toby is better prepared to begin her own studies for the Bat Mitzvah, changing perhaps only one thing-pink instead of green balloons!

As in the other Belfer stories, author Gloria Teles Pushker gives the appropriate Jewish terms and follows them with definitions so that Jews and non-Jews alike can gain a greater understanding of the traditions and rituals that make up the Jewish faith.

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Beni's First Wedding
Beni's First Wedding

By Jane Breskin Zalben
On the day of Uncle Izzy and Sashi's wedding, Beni has butterflies in his stomach. As he walks slowly and steadily down the aisle with the wedding ring on the pillow, he hears friendly voices cheering him on. But just when Aunt Gertie calls out "Sheyna kup!" Beni loses his balance and accidentally tips the pillow--off rolls the ring! Will Beni find the ring in time for the wedding to go on?

In her signature style, Jane Breskin Zalben captures the joy, warmth, and tradition of a Jewish wedding celebration. Also included are brief introductions to wedding customs from around the world, as well as a recipe for Mama's Honey Wedding Cake.

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Another satisfying story about the most beloved bear family in Jewish literature. As the book opens, Uncle Izzy's marriage plans are announced; Beni is invited to be the page boy and Sara is asked to be the flower girl in the wedding. The parents and children are excited as they buy new clothes, get a tallis (prayer shawl) for Uncle Izzy, and plan for the aufruf (the custom of honoring the groom at the synagogue on the Sabbath before the wedding). Beni drops the ring while going down the aisle, but all ends well as rambunctious cousin Max helps save the day. Many Jewish wedding customs are explained in the text and shown in the beautifully detailed colored-pencil and watercolor illustrations. The pictures of the happy couple are full of emotion. The book ends with a recipe for wedding cake, a glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms, and a section in which the wedding customs of different religions are shared. The only confusing part is in the section on Christianity; here, Zalben writes about the bride wearing white and having a flower girl and ring bearer, customs that happen in Beni's story but that are not mentioned in the Judaism section. This is, nonetheless, a wonderful selection for children anticipating a family wedding, and a must for libraries serving Jewish communities.

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The Market Wedding

By Cary Fagan
Sydney Taylor Honor Book
Governor General's Literary Award Finalist

His second, The Market Wedding, is an adaptation of a 100-year-old story by the American writer Abraham Cahan. Cary took this story about Jewish immigrants in New York and set it in the 1920s in Toronto's Kensington Market, where his own mother grew up.

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The fishmonger has fallen in love with the milliner, whose cart is across the street from his. But how is he to give his bride the elegant home she deserves? He has a brilliant plan: he will make their wedding so fine that surely their friends will shower them with the best of everything. His plan backfires, of course, but, like all good love stories, this is a tale that ends in a happy - if surprising - fashion.

Description from Publisher

I picked up this book not for my kids but for me. The artwork is wonderful and the story is quite endearing. It's about a couple who work in Kensington market (in Toronto) around the 1920's. The story tells of how they meet, fall in love and have a grand wedding. But they are simple market shop owners of simple means. How do their friends react? Won't tell you how it ends but it's an uplifting tale.

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The Narrowest Bar Mitzvah /

The Return of Morris Schumsky

By Steven Schnur
The Narrowest Bar Mitzvah:
Alex tells the story of his bar mitzvah, which almost did not take place because a water main break on the night before has made the synagogue unusable and ruined the food for the 100 invited guests. His parents, grandparents, and older sister make some fast decisions, and the bar mitzvah service and reception are held in Grandpa's six-foot-wide house. The resourceful family manages, with the help of friends, to ready the house and replace the reception refreshments. Grandpa's house is shown in full detail, with pen-and-ink drawings, including a cut-away view of the house. A glossary explains the Hebrew words used in the text. This is a family story in which the grandparents have a starring role and a very special relationship with their grandchildren.

Description from School Library Journal

The Return of Morris Schumsky:
Grandpa disappears on the morning of Rebecca's wedding, but returns just in time for the ceremony with a few unexpected but delighted and delightful friends from the local nursing home. His actions are a lesson in loving compassion and bring a special significance to the wedding. This day in the life of a warm, loving Jewish family is filled with the excitement, complications, and last-minute emergencies of getting ready for a wedding. Many Jewish wedding customs and traditions are described. Realistic pen-and-ink drawings illustrate the text.

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Who Will Lead Kiddush?

By Barbara Pomerantz
This is the story of a young Jewish girl adjusting to her parents' divorce. She spends Shabbat at her father's apartment, where he gives her her own Kiddish cup to take home.

"--A sensitive treatment of the sad, painful, and pertinent subject of divorce." --Hadassah magazine

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