Rise and Shine: A Challah Day Tale explores Connecting Generations, Yiddish, and Shabbat
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Rise and Shine: A Challah Day Tale explores Connecting Generations, Yiddish, and Shabbat

Book Title: Rise & Shine: A Challah-Day Tale

Author: Karen Ostrove

Illustrator: Kimberley Scott

Book Summary:

What is the mysterious writing on a crumpled piece of paper that Sammy and Sophie find in the attic? The answer leads to a happy baking adventure at Grandma Gert’s retirement home.

Topic(s) Addressed:

This resource was created by the PJ Library at the PJ Library Educator s Center. Created for Family programs, this resource and its activities can be utilized, possibly with modifications, in a variety of children s learning environments.

Synopsis from the resource:

"This program will examine the beauty and power of L’ dor Va Dor -the act of passing an object or custom (or language or song) from one generation to the next. Families will reflect on customs and traditions which have been passed down in their families for years. This program can be run as an intergenerational event with family or at a senior setting. Seniors will teach families words in Yiddish and other languages, engaging the whole family in a meaningful l’dor v’dor experience. To expand on the book’s Shabbat theme, participants will make challah covers, shape challah rolls, and learn some fun Yiddish / Shabbat songs."

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For the educatorJewish Thought, Text, and Traditionsmore

Jewish every dayIncorporate Jewish Valuesmore

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List of All Songs

Consider sharing these songs, with your community (which can be streamed and shared with a spotify account) and/or review related song suggestions, below in "complementary resources" section.


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literature connectionsmore

TitleAuthorIllustratorBook Summary
Friday Nights of Nana Amy HestClaire A. NivolaA beautifully illustrated, reassuring table of ritual and family bonding. Young Jennie has Friday off school to help her grandmother prepare for the family meal before the Sabbath. Jennie and Nana have their breakfast and then start work: polishing the candlesticks, ironing the tablecloth and braiding the dough for challah bread. Then they put on their pretty Sabbath dresses while the snow falls outside, and wait for Jennie's parents and baby brother to arrive with the rest of the family. Now Jennie's best time begins. Full of gorgeous colours and absorbing detail, this story portrays the rich pattern of love and tradition woven into the special relationship between a child and a grandparent.
It's Challah Time! Latifa Berry KropfTod CohenIt's Challah Time!  A preschool class demonstrates the steps of making challah—a special ritual of Shabbat.
This is the Challah Sue HepkerAmy WummerBubbe is preparing for Shabbat and her granddaughter gets to help with a very important part: baking the challah. They work together with enthusiasm, even as the sugar spills, the baby cries, and eggs crack on the floor! Bubbe lovingly holds it all together as the chaos builds and then dissipates into a warm, loving family dinner. Told in a cumulative rhyme, This is the Challah makes a perfect read-aloud for bedtime or anytime!

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