PJOW Camps Celebrated Hanukkah in August!

Posted November 29, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

How fun would it be to wake up at summer camp and find out you were celebrating Hanukkah?! Thanks to the PJ Our Way at Camp partnership, campers at URJ Crane Lake and Eisner Camps celebrated Hanukkah in August this year!  Read More »

Black Radishes

Posted November 29, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Gustave and his family are French Jews, living in Paris in 1940. In an effort to escape the Nazis as they invade France, they flee to the unoccupied zone in the countryside, leaving friends and family behind. This story has plenty of kid appeal as we learn of Gustave’s exploits with his friends, and his challenges with anti-Semites at school. With the help of the French Resistance and some black radishes that the German soldiers particularly enjoy, Gustave and his family eventually manage to escape to America. There's plenty of Jewish content in this well written story and the Holocaust details are age-appropriate and gripping. Read More »

Like a Maccabee

Posted November 29, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

Ten-year-old Ben’s got a lot on his mind in this Hanukkah-themed easy reader chapter book. He’s worried about facing his nemesis in his upcoming soccer championship game: Travis “the Tank” is not only the intimidating defender of the other team, he’s also the school bully. To make matters even more complicated, Ben’s aging grandfather has recently relocated from Chicago ­– right into Ben’s bedroom.   Read More »

The Importance of Wings

Posted November 29, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

What do Israeli-born Roxanne and her sister Gayle want more than anything else? To be American and to fit in. Roxanne worries about having the wrong hair, the wrong clothes, and being picked last in gym. With their mother back in Israel caring for their sick aunt and their father working late every night driving a taxi in the city, Roxanne and Gayle spend most of their time watching reruns of old TV shows about perfect all-American families. That's until a new girl moves into the “cursed” pink house next door. Beautiful, cool, athletic Liat is also Jewish and Israeli, and over the course of their friendship she teaches Roxanne the importance of being true to herself. Kids will relate to this frank portrayal of typical teenage angst set in an 80s retro-style background rich in Israeli culture and pride.   Read More »

How to Survive Middle School

Posted November 01, 2016  | Written by PJ Our Way Team

David Greenberg’s big dream is to become a TV host like Jon Stewart, and he's well on his way: home videos that he has posted on YouTube featuring his cute hamster and acne-plagued older sister have become an internet sensation. But as his online popularity soars, his real life gets increasingly worse: he is picked on by the school bully; he fights with his best friend; and he misses his mom, who has left the family to resolve her own issues. How to Survive Middle School is a sweet coming-of-age book about friendship, family, and following one’s dreams. Read More »
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