Meet the Children’s Book Author and Illustrator: Varda Livney

Photo: Courtesy of Varda Livney Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. I grew up in New Jersey and came to Israel on a Habonim (youth movement) gap year, during which my parents made aliya, so I had no house to return to. Luckily, I was happy to stay here. I […]

Meet the Author: Lesléa Newman

Photo: Courtesy of Lesléa Newman Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. I grew up in Brooklyn and on Long Island, went to school in Vermont and Colorado, and moved to Massachusetts in 1982 where I have remained happily ever since. I started writing poetry when I was eight years old […]

Meet the Author: Bracha Goetz

Photo: Courtesy of Bracha Goetz Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. I’m the Harvard-educated author of 40 Jewish children’s books. I’m also the author of one candid memoir for adults about how I became an observant Jew and overcame food addictions joyfully and spiritually. The goal of all my books […]

*Children’s Book Review*: Matzah Means So Many Things by Faith Goldstein

Reviewed by Miriam P. and the soon-to-be-six-year-old Julie H. Photo: Courtesy of Judaica in the Spotlight Last weekend, my partner John and I went to visit his parents at their cottage in County Kerry on the other side of the island. As ever so often, his brother Liam together with his wife Róisín and their […]

Meet the Author: Tish Rabe

Photo: Courtesy of Tish Rabe Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. I went to college to become an Opera Singer and have a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College School of Music. After graduating from college I went to New York to audition to become a professional singer. My […]

Meet the Author: Joni Klein-Higger

Photo: Courtesy of Joni Klein-Higger Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. I am a children’s book author and songwriter. I write both Jewish and secular books and songs and love doing musical author visits for schools, libraries, and organizations. I initially started off as a songwriter, writing everything from pop, […]

Meet the Author: Audrey Ades

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my work with Judaica in the Spotlight! Writing for children is my third career. Earlier in my life, I worked as a stage manager. Then I went back to school and got my degrees in […]

Meet the Author: Tammar Stein

Photo: Courtesy of Tammar Stein Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background? I’m the author of eight books for children of all ages. I’ve written everything from a board book with 12 words to novels for older young adults. My books have won the Middle East Book Award for children’s literature, […]

Meet the Author: Sylvia Rouss

Photo: Courtesy of Sylvia Rouss Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. I grew up in California and first began writing for the children in my preschool class. As an early childhood educator for over 30 years, I was privileged to be the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in Jewish […]

Meet the Author: Marcia Berneger

Photo: Courtesy of Marcia Berneger Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. I’m a retired teacher living with my husband and three crazy dogs in sunny Southern California. I have two wonderful sons. One is married and has given me an amazing grandson. Ori is almost fifteen months old and I […]

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