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Are you looking for books to help a child understand and or celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year? Keep reading.

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

by Deborah Heiligman

This book describes how these Jewish Holy days are celebrated around the world. The photographs are National Geographic captivating while the text balances the historic with the contemporary cultural importance of the holidays.

 

 

New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story

by April Halprin Wayland

This charming picture book uses humor to describe the joyous ritual of wiping the slate clean for the new year by apologizing for mistakes in the old. The universality of emotions makes this book accessible to those not familiar with the particular tradition.

 

 

Apples and pomegranates : a family seder for Rosh Hashanah

by Rahel Musleah

This guidebook describes the eight traditional food and their blessings and the sequence in which they eaten. It gives a history or the fruit, recipes and folktales for family discussion.

 

 

 

Happy Birthday, World: A Rosh Hashanah Celebration

by Latifa Berry Kropf

This book is ideal for the nursery school age and having a board book about Jewish traditions for young children is a rarity. It compares common birthday activities with the rituals for the Jewish new year celebrations.

L’Shana Tova

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If you’re in Los Angeles, don’t leave without visiting the Museum of Tolerance. The 1993 museum was designed to examine racism and prejudice. My exploration was too brief, but it got me thinking.

What would I include in my museum of tolerance? What would you?

What stories /histories of injustice, hate, intolerance, civil right abuses, human right abuses would you highlight? Why? What would you say?

What legacies should children not forget? Are there stories not told in your region that should be included? For example have you heard of the 1946 Ca civil rights segregation case Mendez vs Westminister ?  I hadn’t.

How would you bring these stories to life? What medium? How would you engage the visitor?

How would you spark dialogue or broaden horizons to be inclusive of many multiple perspectives? 

Below are some exhibits that the educational arm of the Human Rights Simon Wiesenthal center includes. Use them to get you thinking.

Glossaries : What words are important to share? How would you define them? Does everyone agree with that definition?

Timelines:  What would you include? How far back? How detailed? Would you want to highlight big themes? Or focus on one topic and go into great detail?

Multimedia exhibit about a time of injustice:  One exhibit is the Holocaust. What would yours be?

Tolerance center: How would you encourage genuine celebration of differences?

Point of view diner: What controversial topics would you include to help viewers tackle their personal responsibility for an issue?

Globalhate.com: What sites do you think promote fear, hate, injustice, prejudice?

Making your mark: How would you encourage others to make their mark?

Finding our families ourselves: What stories do we need to preserve? Why? What do families have in common in the U.S?

Special exhibits: I saw Para Todos Los Niños – how Mexican families fought for equal education in Ca. Other special exhibits included toys from trash, Black is a Color, and Albanian Muslims saving Jews during the Holocaust. What special exhibits would you create?

I’d love to hear plans for your museum of tolerance. And maybe before we know it, they will pop up everywhere and we can all learn from each other’s stories of the pain that we want to avoid recreating in the future.

I ‘m excited to hear your brainstorms.