California Avenue, in Chicago’s West Rogers Park neighborhood, separates the upper-middle-class Jewish families on the west from the mostly middle-class Jewish households east of the divide. This funny and heartbreaking novel tells the story of three families, and their teenage children, living on either side of California. It follows their loves, heartaches, friendships, and losses during a memorable and defining moment of American history. Spanning the Iran hostage crisis through the inauguration of Ronald Reagan as president, Crossing California is a cinematic and unforgettable look at the end of an era, the turning point when the idealism of the sixties gave way to the pragmatism of the eighties.
Author: Sara Diament, M.a.
Release Date: 2013-12
Genre: Family & Relationships
With rabbinic approbations (haskamos) from Rav Hershel Schachter, Rav Mordechai Willig, and Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, Sara Diament, M.A. has written an Orthodox Jewish parenting guide for talking to children about intimacy and sex from a Torah perspective. In a conversational manner and with sensitivity, she provides user-friendly guidance on understanding the Jewish view of intimacy and addresses the questions that parents have when broaching this topic with their children and teenagers. With recommendations on how to overcome discomfort and affectively engage children throughout childhood and adolescence, this guide is the perfect resource for parents who are seeking religiously appropriate advice and information.
Author: Jennifer Heath
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 2008-07-02
Veiling is a globally polarizing issue, a locus for the struggle between Islam and the West and between contemporary and traditional interpretations of Islam. This book examines the vastly misunderstood and multi-layered world of the veil. It explores and analyzes the cultures, politics, and histories of veiling.
"Strongly recommended a deftly written memoir that will hold the reader's rapt attention from beginning to end." -Midwest Book Review "Her ability to authentically capture the bewilderment and pain of dislocation through a child's eyes - including the disharmony in her immediate family - makes for engaging reading that will resonate with young adults everywhere." -Beth B. Cohen, Ph.D., author of Case Closed: Holocaust Survivors in America, 1946-1954 Six-year-old Ilse watches Nazi soldiers march down her street in Vienna, Austria. It is the beginning of an odyssey that will take her to Riga, Latvia, and finally to Portland, Oregon. Becoming Alice chronicles her Jewish family's harrowing escape and struggle as immigrants to fit into the American landscape. The added problems of growing up within a troubled family cloud her childhood and adolescence. Ilse changes her name to Alice. Not until she moves into a boarding house in Berkeley, surrounded by girls from a patchwork of cultures, does she make peace with her true identity. Becoming Alice brilliantly showcases Rene's triumph over adversity, identity crisis, and the sometimes debilitating power of family ties.
The Secret of Carlos Romanus is filled with plot twists and adventure that will keep young readers turning pages. Once again, Hachai Publishing makes Jewish history Fun-to-Read!Moshe Levi is full of hope and excitement as he sets sail from Amsterdam on his very first business trip. His father is gone, and it¿s up to this hardworking boy to support his mother and his two younger siblings. When Moshe unexpectedly finds himself in Spain, a country in which Jews must pretend to be like everyone else, the young boy must rely on his wits and his bravery. Will he find a Pesach Seder in this dangerous place? Is the wealthiest landowner in town, Carlos Romanus, a friend or an enemy... and will Moshe discover his secret?
Author: Sarah Chana Radcliffe
Release Date: 2015-08-25
Genre: Family & Relationships
From the bestselling author of Raise Your Kids Without Raising Your Voice, an authoritative guide to helping your child through moments of anxiety and fear While serious anxiety affects 1 in 5 children and teens, virtually every child has anxious moments and feelings of worry or dread. Fear of bees, robbers, lightning storms, worries about failing and being rejected, panic about sleeping alone—kids and teens experience all this and more. Friendly and authoritative, Sarah Chana Radcliffe helps parents understand the difference between “normal” and more serious anxiety, so that parents know when professional help is required and when home treatment is appropriate. With plenty of proven and sensible advice, The Fear Fix provides: strategies to help your kids through all the small and large anxious moments that they will inevitably encounter things you can say and do in the moment to help your child negotiate feelings of fear fear-calming activities and exercises your child can use independently mind-body strategies to calm fear in the moment and help heal fear at its source
“There are places that I have never forgotten. A little cobbled street in a smoky mill town in the North of England has haunted me for the greater part of my life. It was inevitable that I should write about it and the people who lived on both sides of its ‘Invisible Wall.’ ” The narrow street where Harry Bernstein grew up, in a small English mill town, was seemingly unremarkable. It was identical to countless other streets in countless other working-class neighborhoods of the early 1900s, except for the “invisible wall” that ran down its center, dividing Jewish families on one side from Christian families on the other. Only a few feet of cobblestones separated Jews from Gentiles, but socially, it they were miles apart. On the eve of World War I, Harry’s family struggles to make ends meet. His father earns little money at the Jewish tailoring shop and brings home even less, preferring to spend his wages drinking and gambling. Harry’s mother, devoted to her children and fiercely resilient, survives on her dreams: new shoes that might secure Harry’s admission to a fancy school; that her daughter might marry the local rabbi; that the entire family might one day be whisked off to the paradise of America. Then Harry’s older sister, Lily, does the unthinkable: She falls in love with Arthur, a Christian boy from across the street. When Harry unwittingly discovers their secret affair, he must choose between the morals he’s been taught all his life, his loyalty to his selfless mother, and what he knows to be true in his own heart. A wonderfully charming memoir written when the author was ninety-three, The Invisible Wall vibrantly brings to life an all-but-forgotten time and place. It is a moving tale of working-class life, and of the boundaries that can be overcome by love. From the Hardcover edition.
Exiled to Siberia In June 1942, the Rudomin family is arrested by the Russians. They are "capitalists -- enemies of the people." Forced from their home and friends in Vilna, Poland, they are herded into crowded cattle cars. Their destination: the endless steppe of Siberia. For five years, Ester and her family live in exile, weeding potato fields and working in the mines, struggling for enough food and clothing to stay alive. Only the strength of family sustains them and gives them hope for the future.
Author: John D. Garr
Publisher: Golden Key Press
Release Date: 2013-05-23
Women are he product of divine design, the exquisite creation tha God fashioned with careful, meticulous, and loving care. Understanding how and why God created woman enables both women and men to recognize the rightful contributions that God designed women to make for the welfare of humanity. Despite millennia of misguided efforts by men to control and dominate them, women were originally designed by God to be coequal with men and to have complete freedom to use any gift and to fulfill any role that he has given to them. That design is still God's ideal for the God-fashioned woman, and includes the following subjects: Designed to Be Feminine, Designed for Beauty, Designed for Purity and Modesty, Designed for Sexual Fulfillment, Designed for Nurture and Relationship, Designed for Freedom. Whatever your race, ethnicity, gender, faith, or social status, this book and the other volumes in this series will literally set you free from misconceptions that have restricted the roles of women. As you are reconnected with the Hebraic foundations of your faith, you will clearly understand God's original design and purpose for women, and you will begin to help remove obstacles that have kept women from assuming their God-given roles in the family, in society, and especially in the community of faith.
Author: Planaria Price
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: 2018-03-13
Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction
A Junior Library Guild selection Claiming My Place is the true story of a young Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust by escaping to Nazi Germany and hiding in plain sight. Meet Barbara Reichmann, once known as Gucia Gomolinska: smart, determined, independent, and steadfast in the face of injustice. A Jew growing up in predominantly Catholic Poland during the 1920s and ’30s, Gucia studies hard, makes friends, falls in love, and dreams of a bright future. Her world is turned upside down when Nazis invade Poland and establish the first Jewish ghetto of World War II in her town of Piotrko ́w Trybunalski. As the war escalates, Gucia and her family, friends, and neighbors suffer starvation, disease, and worse. She knows her blond hair and fair skin give her an advantage, and eventually she faces a harrowing choice: risk either the uncertain horrors of deportation to a concentration camp, or certain death if she is caught resisting. She decides to hide her identity as a Jew and adopts the gentile name Danuta Barbara Tanska. Barbara, nicknamed Basia, leaves behind everything and everyone she has ever known in order to claim a new life for herself. Writing in the first person, author Planaria Price brings the immediacy of Barbara’s voice to this true account of a young woman whose unlikely survival hinges upon the same determination and defiant spirit already evident in the six-year-old girl we meet as this story begins. The final portion of this narrative, written by Barbara’s daughter, Helen Reichmann West, completes Barbara’s journey from her immigration to America until her natural, timely death. Includes maps and photographs Listen to Barbara's oral testimony here: https://sfi.usc.edu/video/barbara-reichmann