Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Looking Back, Looking Forward

I'm emerging momentarily from the cave (by which I mean my office) to share some reflections. It's hard to believe, but it's been over a year since Ima Shalom began in earnest. When you get the chance, take a few minutes to read back over the old posts--it's amazing to see how we Imas and our children have changed and grown, and the many ways in which we have stayed gloriously the same. I love our diversity and our honesty. It's been amazing getting a glimpse into the inner worlds of such a cool group of Imas, and I look forward to another wonderful year of Ima Shalom.

Meanwhile, a shameless plus for our upcoming children's event at the DCJCC. Hope to see you and your children (and/or their nanny/babysitter/au pair) there!

Tuesday, September 16

10:00 am
Richard Michelson
A is for Abraham

Ages: best for 2–5 year olds accompanied by their teachers, parents or caregivers

Join the 16th Street J's Early Childhood Center for a morning of storytelling, creativity and fun all about A is for Abraham: A Jewish Family Alphabet. Become immersed in the sing-song rhyming language as the author reads from his beautiful book. Act out some of the stories in the book, create your own alphabet illustrations and join our Pre-K classes in asking Richard Michelson about why and how he wrote this wonderful book for children.

A is for Abraham: A Jewish Family Alphabet gives children the history of Jewish traditions and customs and explains how they are practiced today. This joyful celebration of family and heritage includes the meaning behind celebrations such as Hanukkah, Passover and Sukkot; important names and stories from the Old Testament; and how modern-day families continue to celebrate their heritage. This book is the newest contribution to a popular children's series that also includes B is for Bookworm, D is for Drinking Gourd, and others.

Richard Michelson is an award-winning poet and children's book author. His books for children have received a New Yorker Best Book Award, a Children's Book Committee Book of the Year and a Jewish Book Council Book of the Month. The Detroit Jewish News cited Too Young for Yiddish as "one of the best Jewish children's books published in recent memory, and one of the top 25 ever published." Clemson University named Michelson as the Richard J. Calhoun Distinguished Reader in American Literature for 2008.

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1 comment:

The Calico Cat said...

I've been reading for a long time...
It took me quite a while to figure out that there was more than one author...
Are any of you in DC? I am in Montgomery County & 3 months away from EEmahood, B'shaah Tovah.