URJ Press Ships Gift of 50,000 Books To Jewish Early Childhood Programs
AUGUST 22, 2005The Union for Reform Judaism today announced plans to donate a library of Jewish books to more than 280 Reform early childhood programs in the United States and Canada. Each school will receive more than 150 books.
Rabbi Jan Katzew, director of the Unions Department of Lifelong Jewish Learning, said the collection of educational material is "an expression of appreciation for bringing the richness of Judaism into the lives of this generation and generations to come."
Rabbi Hara Person, editor in chief of URJ Press, encouraged schools to use and share the books with teachers, students, parents, and grandparents.
The collection includes teaching guides, textbooks, activity books, pictures books and board books on topics including the celebration of Shabbat and major holidays, Jewish life around the world and the wisdom of Jewish texts. "We look forward to continuing to develop new materials for our youngest members to use in the schools of the Reform movement," Person said. "We hope that this gift helps kick off a wonderful new school year."
As the book publishing arm of the Union for Reform Judaism, URJ Press is a leading creator of Jewish educational material, specializing in early childhood curricula, religious school textbooks, resources for adult education, Hebrew language training, and synagogue management guides.
The CHAI: Learning for Jewish Life curriculum and Mitkadem: Hebrew for Youth program, which were launched less than five years ago, are now used in hundreds of Jewish religious throughout North America, and day schools are currently using the Chaverim BIvrit: Friends in Hebrew curriculum.
The URJ Press is also the publisher of the acclaimed revised edition of The Torah: A Modern Commentary, and produces print music, songbooks, and CDs through its music division, Transcontinental Music Publications.
URJ Press can be reached at www.urjpress.com or 212.650.4120.
The Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. Union services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programs, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, DC.