Shanah Tova (Happy New Year) to the entire GBJCL community! At this season, a time of reflection in the Jewish calendar, it is customary to examine one’s values and actions. What better way to do so than through folktales, a traditional way to discuss priorities and life’s truths? On our blog we bring you four books of Jewish folktales from around the world. To whet your appetite, we’ll share the first one with you here.

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It’s Too Crowded in Here!  By Vicki L Weber (author) and Hector Bortasca (illustrator)

Grade Level: Preschool and up

Fun to read aloud with children, the stories in It’s Too Crowded  provide a rich yet light-hearted resource for exploring key values such as self-respect, compassion, appreciation, tolerance, and thankfulness. This collection of Jewish folktales and midrashic stories is enlivened by colorful illustrations. (Excerpted from description on

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Tales with Meaning


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