The following books may be borrowed from the Jewish Community Library. Click on the cover image for an informative review, and contact us to learn more.

Fall Holidays Books

Jackie and Jesse and Joni and Jae: A Rosh Hashanah Story

Chris Barash
Apples and Honey Press, 2019

This illustrated tale features four friends, including an Asian Jewish child, performing the Rosh Hashanah ritual of tashlich.

The Secret Shofar of Barcelona

Jacqueline Dembar Greene
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2009

Set in Spain during the Inquisition, this story for young readers follows a boy who devises a way for his community of secretly practicing Jews to hear the shofar at Rosh Hashanah. Can be borrowed as an eBook here (Bay Area residents only)

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Deborah Heiligman
National Geographic Kids, 2007

This introduction to the High Holidays for children features images of Jews from Zimbabwe, Morocco, Portugal, Mexico, and India.

Shanghai Sukkah

Heidi Smith Hyde
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2015

A Jewish refugee child in Shanghai and his new friend Liang build a sukkah on the roof and together they celebrate Sukkot and the Chinese Moon Festival. Can be borrowed as an eBook here (Bay Area residents only)

Who’s Got the Etrog: A Story from the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda

Jane Kohuth
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2018

This story of family and animal friends celebrating Sukkot is set among the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda. Can be borrowed as an eBook here (Bay Area residents only)


Apples and Pomegranates: A Family Seder for Rosh Hashanah

Rahel Musleah
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2004

Musleah, who was born in India, presents a seder inspired by the Sephardic home ceremonies conducted throughout much of the Sephardi and Mizrahi world at Rosh Hashanah. Can be borrowed as an eBook here (Bay Area residents only)

Shabbat Books

Buen Shabat, Shabbat Shalom

Sarah Aroeste
Kar-Ben Publishing, 2020

Ladino words are an important part of this board book in rhyme featuring a Sephardi family joyously celebrating Shabbat.

Wait, It’s Friday

Chris Barash
Behrman House, 2019

A young boy in a multi-racial household eagerly awaits the start of Shabbat as the challah rises and the table is prepared by his loving family.

Around the World in One Shabbat: Jewish People Celebrate the Sabbath Together

Durga Bernhard
Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011

Visit children and their families as they celebrate Shabbat in Israel, Argentina, Australia, Turkey, Russia, France, the United States, Ethiopia, Germany, Canada, Morocco, Thailand, and India.

Ezra’s BIG Shabbat Question

Aviva L Brown
Behrman House, 2019

Ezra, a brown-skinned Jewish child, goes in search of the answer to his big Shabbat question: “Can you tie a knot on Shabbat?”

Day of Delight: A Jewish Sabbath in Ethiopia

Maxine Schur
Dial Books for Young Readers, 1994

A young Jewish boy and his family prepare for Shabbat in their Ethiopian village by making peppery chicken stew, baking dabo bread, and praying at the mequrab, their synagogue.