May 22, 2017

Travel Israel By Picture Book!

Planning a vacation (or wish you were)? Travel through Israel with some of our friends in these colorful Kar-Ben picture books!

Ella’s family is taking a trip to Israel and bringing along a good friend—Ella’s stuffed monkey, Koofi! Together the two have lots of adventures like visiting a kibbutz in Galil. Have a blast exploring with this fun duo!
Recommended for ages 1 – 4.

Everybody’s furry blue friend is heading to Israel and writing to you and his Sesame Street friends along the way! Follow Grover as he visits landmarks, tries some food, and makes some new friends. There’s never a dull moment in this happy muppet’s adventure. Recommended for ages 2 – 6.

What’s a trip without a dinosaur by your side? Join the fun dino – boy duo as they explore all that Israel has to offer. You’ll practically feel Dinosaur’s excitement flying off the pages!
Recommended for ages 3 – 7.

Enjoy the city of Tel Aviv with Uri and his grandma as they take a walk down by the shore and through the town. A musical surprise inspired by historical events awaits them at the end!
Recommended for ages 4 – 9.


Shavuot Book Round Up

Ages: 2-6
Price: $7.95

When her preschool plans a Shavuot hike just like Moses took up Mt. Sinai, Sadie is afraid she is too little to make it to the top, and tries to think of ways to be absent. But when the day comes, she learns that anyone can climb high enough to reach God.

Ages: 3-7
Price: $7.95

Children learn to count from one to ten while learning about the Ten Commandments.

Ages: 3-8
Price: $7.95

What's a recipe? Sammy Spider asks his mother as he watches Mrs. Shapiro make blintzes for Shavuot. As Sammy follows the holiday preparations, young readers will learn how the Torah, which was given on Shavuot, is also a "recipe for life."

Ages: 3-8
Price: $7.99

Yossi has no money to buy the food and flowers his family needs for Shavuot. He tries selling the kippahs his wife sewed, but he has no luck until a mischievous monkey shows up. The monkey's antics attract customers and win Yossi's heart…but did Yossi's new friend come to stay?

Ages: 3-8
Price: $7.99

Shoshana loves spending time at Grandma Jacobs' art studio and Grandma Jacobs has a very special art project in mind for Shavuot! But can Shoshana create works of art as beautiful as the ones Grandma makes?

Ages: 3-8
Price: $7.99

Shavuot is approaching, but Gitele and Yankl have no money to buy ingredients for blintzes. So they come up with a plan. Every day, they'll each put a coin into the empty trunk. By Shavuot, they'll have enough coins to buy the ingredients. But will they be able to stick to their plan and provide their family with delicious blintzes for Shavuot?

The Art of Cheesecake - A Fun Activity for Shavuot

It’s nearly time for Shavuot, and Kar-Ben has a colorful story--The Art Lesson-- to help you celebrate.

One day a week Shoshana puts on her art smock and spends time at her grandma’s studio where the two create lots of amazing art! They’ve made paintings, sculptures, drawings, and so much more over the years. One special day before Shavuot, her grandma introduces her to a new project—which turns out to be an old tradition. Order your own copy to find out more!

For now, we’re going to help you make cool art like Shoshana and her grandma—even better, we’re making it edible! Celebrate the spring harvest with some cheesecake decorated with bright glazes. Take Shoshana’s art smock as inspiration—see all the fun colors and different sized splotches? That’s like abstract artwork. Create your own unique masterpiece, and enjoy how good it tastes too! 


Pie crust (packaged
or make your own)
11 oz. unsalted goat cheese, softened
3/4 c. sugar
1-1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. minced lemon zest
1 tsp. minced lemon zest
1 tsp. vanilla
6 large eggs separated
3 tbs. flour
Fresh berries for garnish (optional)

Combine cheese, sugar, juice, zest, and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.  Beat in egg yolks, then flour.  Beat egg whites until firm but not dry.  Fold a third of the whites into the cheese mixture, then gently fold in the rest.  Pour filling into crust and bake for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Optional: Cool and garnish with fresh berries.


1 cup powdered sugar
1-1/2 tablespoon milk
1/4 tablespoon vanilla extract
1-2 drops food coloring (recommended)

Whisk powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a bowl.  Adjust consistency to your liking by either putting in more milk or powdered sugar; sugar if too watery, milk if too thick.  Divide the glaze into different bowls for coloring.  The amount of colors or coloring drops is up to you.  Dip spoons in the glazes and wave them over the cheesecake to create cool, paint-splotch designs.

May 11, 2017

Celebrate Mother's Day with Picture Books

Happy Mother’s Day! Family bonds are an important theme in books, so of course we had to put together a special list to celebrate. Give the women role models in your life a hug, and enjoy these fun, colorful books with mothers and grandmothers in the spotlight!

Ages: 3-8
Price: $9.95
This vibrant picture book is a lyrical lullaby capturing the instant bond between children and parents at the moment of birth. Filled with evocative art, When I First Held You will become a "read to me" classic. 

Ages: 3-8
Price: $7.95
On Lily's first visit to Shalom House, she clings closely to her mom, overwhelmed by all the new faces. But slowly Lily joins the activities, makes new friends, and celebrates a birthday to remember.

Ages: 3-8
Price: $7.95
Every day Grandma Rose sews and every day she saves for a set of beautiful dishes with pink and red roses and blue trim. And whenever she sews, something magical happens. A sweet tale of generosity rewarded.

Ages: 3-8
Price: $7.99
"My name is Aviva, not Amoeba!" shouts Aviva at her teasing classmates. Aviva is determined to change her name until she discovers where her name comes from and why her parents chose that special name for her.

Ages: 3-8
Price: $7.99
Two grandmas. Two delicious recipes. And one granddaughter caught in the middle! Sophie loves Bubbe's Jewish chicken soup, made with kreplach. She also loves Nai Nai's Chinese chicken soup, with wonton. But don't tell Bubbe and Nai Nai that their soups are the same! Can Sophie bring her whole family together for a warm and tasty surprise?