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Recommended Reading for Tu BiSh'vat

Celebrate "Jewish Arbor Day" with these selections from URJ Books and Music.

Listen to the Trees - Jews and the Earth
Molly Cone, Illustrated by Roy Doty

Using Torah texts and traditional Jewish stories as a basis, this book for intermediate grades presents an exploration of ecology and the interconnectedness of all life on earth. Stories, cartoons, and full-color illustrations.



Solomon and the Trees
Matt Biers-Ariel, Illustrated by Esti Silverberg-Kiss

A long time ago, in the Land of Israel, a young prince named Solomon lived next to a large forest. Solomon spent every spare moment in the forest because he preferred the company of the peaceful trees to his busy city life. Solomon made friends with the animals living there and learned to speak their language. They taught him secrets no human had ever learned, like how spiders keep from getting caught by their own webs and the reason bats sleep upside down. Solomon loved the forest, and the forest loved him. But all too soon Solomon grows up and becomes a king. He becomes very busy and forgets about the forest and his friends the animals. In this lushly illustrated environmental midrash, Solomon comes to understand the price that must be paid when we don't take care of the earth and its blessings.

  • Beautiful illustrations bring life to this midrash. This carefully worded story brings the issue of Jewish environmentalism to the forefront. Excellent for Tu BiSh’vat or Earth Day.


The Seven Species: Stories and Recipes Inspired By the Food of the Bible
Matt Biers-Ariel, Illustrated by Tama Goodman

Rediscover the land of our ancestors through the products of the field!

For Adonai your God is bringing you into a good land... a land of wheat and barley, of vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey.
Deuteronomy 8:7-8

The Bible mentions these seven species of food as the indigenous foods of the Land of Israel. Author Matt Biers-Ariel and illustrator Tama Goodman have created this unique collection of stories and recipes based on the seven species. A story is provided for each of the seven species, along with a creative recipe. Background information about each of the seven food types is also provided, highlighting its role in Jewish texts and history. This collection of stories and recipes will help both children and adults connect with the ancient Israelites and the Land of the Bible, as well as gain a true appreciation for the beauty and abundance of God's creations.


Chocolate Chip Challah And Other Twists on the Jewish Holiday Table
Written and illustrated by Lisa Rauchwerger

What's for dinner tonight? Artist, author, and cook Lisa Rauchwerger serves up mouthwatering meals and memories in her delightful cookbook. Using the Jewish calendar as a framework, both parent and child can cook up tasty treats all year long. With Aunt Ada's Challah (with a twist) on Shabbat, Multicultural Charoset on Pesach, and Sugar Moon Cookies on Rosh Chodesh, "New Moon," families will be sure to find new, meaningful ways to celebrate the Jewish holidays. Each easy-to-follow recipe is designed for children ages 5-11, their families, and their teachers. This interactive text is complete with whimsical, four-color illustrations; an illustrated cooking dictionary; Hebrew vocabulary; and charming stories related to a particular holiday or food. So, set your table with tasty treats and... enjoy!

  • Interactive format for parent and child
  • Easy to use in the kitchen
  • Trivia and information on Jewish holidays


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