The Remark­able Jour­ney of Josh’s Kippah

Bar­bara Elis­sa; Fari­da Zaman, illus.
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By – September 1, 2011
Blue silk kip­pot inscribed with, Bar Mitz­vah of Joshua Jacobs” are giv­en to guests at Josh’s Bar Mitz­vah. Uncle Avi Abel­son flies back to Los Ange­les and one of Josh’s kip­pot flies with him. When Uncle Avi wears the Kip­pah to tash­lich on Rosh Hashanah a big wind blows the kip­pah off his head and onto the head of Ben­jamin Brody who is vis­it­ing from Syd­ney Aus­tralia. Josh’s kip­pah trav­els to Aus­tralia, Israel, Paris, Argenti­na, Mia­mi and back to New York where Izzy Isaacs finds it and puts it in the synagogue’s kip­pah box. Josh’s kip­pah is worn in cel­e­bra­tion of each major hol­i­day of the Jew­ish cal­en­dar (Yom Kip­pur, Sim­chat Torah , Suc­cot, Hanukah, Purim, Passover and Shavuot). The full page water­col­or illus­tra­tions add fun and excite­ment to the text. Some depict a woman wear­ing a kip­pah along with mixed seat­ing in the syn­a­gogue. The book includes a sim­ple map illus­trat­ing the route of the kip­pah which can make for a fun geog­ra­phy les­son for chil­dren. A glos­sary of Jew­ish terms is includ­ed. For ages 4 – 8.
Ilka Gor­don has a Mas­ters in Edu­ca­tion from Boston Uni­ver­si­ty and an M.L.I.S. from Kent State Uni­ver­si­ty. She is a librar­i­an at Sie­gal Col­lege of Juda­ic Stud­ies in Cleveland.

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