Jewish Bedtime Stories And Books Help Kids Learn Heritage

April 14, 2010

Author: Joe Burris

Source: The Baltimore Sun,0,7929809.story

Erin Nicolson sifted through her collection of bedtime books and held up her favorite: "Hanna's Sabbath Dress," by Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el, about a girl waiting to try on a new outfit, once customary during the Jewish period of rest.

While the 4-year old from Owings Mills spoke of staging her own rendition of the tale, her 2-year-old brother Adam pointed to one of his favorites: "Five Little Gefiltes," by Dave Horowitz, a Yiddish parody of the children's song, "Five Little Ducks."

The two youngsters are among thousands of children learning about their Jewish heritage with tales and songs suited for their age and imagination -- most often heard while cuddled in the arms of mom or dad before the night light comes on.