Thursday, February 25, 2016

Meeting Minutes: February 23, 2016


Meeting Minutes, SFAJL February 23, 2016, The Jewish Museum, Miami, FL

Present: Robin Coller, Heidi Estrin, Linda Glick, Sandy Glick, Etta Gold, Joyce Levine, Phil Levine, Matt Ransom, Jeff Rosenberg, Daniel Scheide, Ruth Weiner, Barbara Weiss, Danielle Winter, Lauren Wohl, Helene Yentis

We gathered at Pita Loca for a delicious kosher lunch, then walked to the Jewish Museum of Florida, where a docent told us about the exhibit Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage.


We also had the opportunity to view an exhibit by artist Mark Podwal, All This Has Come Upon Us, illustrations of various attacks on the Jews throughout history.


While wandering the museum, we caught up with eachother's news and planned additional AJL projects.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

2016 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced

Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates, author and illustrator of Ketzel, the Cat who Composed, Aharon Appelfeld, Philippe Dumas and Jeffrey M. Green, author, illustrator and translator of Adam and Thomas, and Laura Amy Schlitz, author of The Hired Girl, are the 2016 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.  The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series.  The winners will receive their awards at the Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Charleston, South Carolina this June.

Newman and Bates will receive the 2016 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Younger Reader category for Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed, published by Candlewick Press.  This delightful picture book tells the true story of musician Morris Moshe Cotel, whose cat helped him compose a one-minute composition that received an honorable mention in the Paris New Music Review competition.  The illustrations are heartwarming and add much charm to the story.  Appelfeld, Dumas and Green will receive the 2016 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Older Readers category for Adam and Thomas, published by Seven Stories Press.  This sweet story tells of two nine-year-old Jewish boys who survive the last winter of World War II, helping each other so that one grows physically stronger and braver and the other grows spiritually.  Laura Amy Schlitz will receive the 2016 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Teen category for The Hired Girl, published by Candlewick Press. This sensitive story tells how fourteen-year-old Catholic Joan Skraggs becomes a hired girl to a Jewish family where she learns and grows in unexpected ways.

Five Sydney Taylor Honor Books were named for 2016.  For Younger Readers, the Honor Books are Everybody Says Shalom written by Leslie Kimmelman and illustrated by Talitha Shipman, published by Random House, and Shanghai Sukkah written by Heidi Smith Hyde and illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong, published by Kar-Ben Publishing.  Hereville:  How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch, published by Amulet Books, is the Honor book in the Older Reader category.  For Teen Readers, the Honor books are Serendipity’s Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson, published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, and Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer, published by Orca Book Publishers.

Winners and Honor recipients will be participating in a Blog Tour from February 7-12, 2016. For more information about the blog please visit www.jewishlibraries.org/blog.

In addition to the medal winners, the Award Committee designated twelve Notable Books of Jewish Content for 2016.  More information about the Sydney Taylor Book Award can be found at www.SydneyTaylorBookAward.org.

Click here for a pdf of 2016 winners, honor books, and notable books.
 
For more information, contact:
Diane Rauchwerger, Chair
Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee
Association of Jewish Libraries
(408) 245-7641
chair@sydneytaylorbookaward.org


THE WINNERS

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers:

Ketzel, the Cat who Composed by Lesléa Newman with illustrations by Amy June Bates
(Candlewick Press)

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Older Readers:

Adam & Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld, translated by Jeffrey M. Green
with illustrations by Philippe Dumas
(Seven Stories Press)

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Teen Readers:

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
(Candlewick Press)

Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Younger Readers:

Everybody Says Shalom by Leslie Kimmelman with illustrations by Talitha Shipman
(Random House)

Shanghai Sukkah by Heidi Smith Hyde with illustrations by Jing Jing Tsong
(Kar-Ben Publishing)

Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Older Readers:

Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
(Amulet Books)

Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Teen Readers:

Serendipity’s Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson
(Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House)

Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer
(Orca Book Publishers)

Notable Books for Younger Readers:

Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles by David A. Adler, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
(Apples & Honey Press, an imprint of Behrman House & Gefen Publishing House)

The Parakeet Named Dreidel by Isaac Bashevis Singer illustrated by Suzanne Raphael Berkson
(Farrar Straus Giroux)

Sadie and Ori and the Blue Blanket by Jamie Korngold illustrated by Julie Fortenberry
(Kar-Ben Publishers)

Notable Books for Older Readers:

The Girl in the Torch by Robert Sharenow
(Balzer + Bray, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers)

Mr. Doctor: Janusz Korczak and the Orphans of the Warsaw Ghetto
by Irene Cohen-Janca and illustrated by Maurizio A. C. Quarello
(Annick Press)

The Safest Lie by Angela Cerrito
(Holiday House)

Watch Out for Flying Kids!: How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community by Cynthia Levinson
(Peachtree)

The Wren and the Sparrow, by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg
(Kar-Ben Publishers)

Notable Books for Teens:

Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in WWII Denmark by Deborah Hopkinson
(Scholastic Press)

Deep Sea by Annika Thor
(Delacorte Press)

Imagining Katherine by Carol Solomon
(Tova Press)

Last Night at the Circle Cinema by Emily Franklin
(Carolrhoda Lab)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

SFAJL Meeting: February 23, 2016

SFAJL will hold a chapter meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 in Miami Beach.

We will gather at Pita Loca (http://pitaloca.com/) at 11:30am for kosher lunch, then walk to the Jewish Museum of Florida (http://jmof.fiu.edu/) for a 1pm tour of the exhibit Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqui Jewish Heritage. The tour will last approximately 2 hours. Museum admission is $5.

Please RSVP to Etta Gold at egold@tbam.org.

Parking is tight in Miami Beach, but here is a list of parking garages within range of our destination. All accept credit cards.




  • 1
Imperial Parking Incorporated
500 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 538-6002
  • 2
Laz Parking
404 Washington Ave, #720
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 913-4882
  • 3
Central Parking System
555 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 372-5152
Open 24 hrs
  • 4
Associated Parking Systems
2 on Yelp
350 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 673-4716
  • 5
Elite Parking
119 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 861-1070

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Minutes: SFAJL Meeting, March 9, 2015

Meeting Minutes, SFAJL March 9, 2015, Temple Beth Am, Miami, FL

Present: Robin Coller, Heidi Estrin, Etta Gold, Steve Hersh, Steve Liebowitz, Matt Ransom, Jeff Rosenberg, Daniel Scheide, Barbara Weiss, Danielle Winter

Meeting called to order after a delicious lunch provided by Temple Beth Am. Since we had a small group, we spent some time doing in depth introductions of ourselves, getting to really know each other.

Etta Gold spoke about the value of attending the national AJL conference, and showed some "historical" program books from past conferences. We discussed various other resources including AJL's revamped website, and FAU's Judaica Sound Archives, which have expanded to become the Recorded Sound Archives (non-Jewish material is now accepted).

Danielle Winter reprised the presentation she had given previously at Temple Beth Am's Sunday Salon, a talk about children's books in Yiddish based on her research at the National Yiddish Book Center.

Local author Steve Liebowitz talked about his historical novel Devorah: The Covenant and the Scrolls, Book 1.

The meeting was adjourned.






Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Next SFAJL Meeting: March 9, 2015



I am pleased to invite you to the South Florida Chapter of the Association of Jewish Libraries' first meeting of the year at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest, FL. 

I am the newest member of the Chapter, having moved down to Florida in September to be the Library/Media Specialist at Temple Beth Am Day School. I look forward to meeting my peers in the area and discussing our relevance and programming for the year. 

Please join me in our Adult Reading Room for lunch at 11:45am on March 9, 2015, to meet both fresh and veteran librarians in our specialized field. 

PROGRAM 
11:45-12:30: Lunch along with schmoozing and introductions 
12:30-1PM: A presentation on Yiddish Children's Literature 
1PM- 1:15: Break 
1:15-2:30: Discussing our varied roles and programming AND the future of our chapter 

Please RSVP to me, Danielle Winter, DWinter@tbam.org 

I look forward to being in touch with you all.

My best,
Danielle Winter
South Florida Association of Jewish Libraries

Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour 2015

The Sydney Taylor Book Award will be celebrating and showcasing its 2015 gold and silver medalists with a Blog Tour, February 8-13, 2015! Interviews with winning authors and illustrators will appear on a wide variety of Jewish and kidlit blogs. For those of you who have not yet experienced a Blog Tour, it’s basically a virtual book tour. Instead of going to a library or bookstore to see an author or illustrator speak, you go to a website on or after the advertised date to read an author’s or illustrator’s interview.

Below is the schedule for the 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour. Please follow the links to visit the hosting blogs on or after their tour dates, and be sure to leave them plenty of comments!

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015

Una La Marche, author of Like No Other
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At Bildungsroman

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2015
Lizzie Skurnick, publisher of Isabel's War by Lila Perl
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At Pen & Prose

Author Jennifer Elvgren and illustrator Fabio Santomauro, creators of The Whispering Town
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At The Fourth Musketeer

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2015

Loic DauvillierMark Lizano and Greg Salsedo, creators of Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At The Interlace Place

Author Jim Aylesworth and illustrator Barbara McClintock, creators of My Grandfather's Coat
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Sandra Bornstein's Blog

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015

Author Barbara Krasner and illustrator Kelsey Garrity-Riley, creators of Goldie Takes a Stand
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Write Kids' Books

Donna Jo Napoli, author of Storm
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At Jewish Books for Kids

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015

Donna Gephart, author of Death by Toilet Paper
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At Monkey Poop

Author Jacqueline Jules and illustrator Durga Yael Bernhard, creators of Never Say a Mean Word Again
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At Ann Koffsky's Blog

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015

Blog Tour Wrap-Up with All Authors and Illustrators
At The Whole Megillah

2015 SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARDS ANNOUNCED BY AJL

Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock, author and illustrator of My Grandfather’s Coat, Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo, authors and illustrators of Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust, and Donna Jo Napoli, author of Storm, are the 2015 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series. The winners will receive their awards at the Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Washington, D.C. this June.

Aylesworth and McClintock will receive the 2015 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Younger Reader category for My Grandfather’s Coat, published by Scholastic Press. This retelling of the classic tale celebrates the clever recycling of a beloved coat that lasts through four generations until it becomes its own story. The illustrations are heartwarming and add much charm to the story. Dauvillier, Lizano and Salsedo will receiver the 2015 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Older Reader’s category for Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust, published by First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press. In this sensitive graphic novel, a French grandmother tells her granddaughter the story of how she and her mother survived the Holocaust with the help of several righteous gentiles. Donna Jo Napoli will receive the 2015 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Teen category for Storm, a Paula Wiseman Book, published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. This clever retelling of the Noah story features a sixteen year old girl who stows away on the ark and witnesses the dynamics of Noah and his family as they struggle to care for the animals under the stress of living together in close quarters.

Six Sydney Taylor Honor Books were named for 2015. For Younger Readers, Goldie Takes a Stand, written by Barbara Krasner and illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley, published by Kar-Ben, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, and Never Say a Mean Word Again: A Tale from Medieval Spain, written by Jacqueline Jules and illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard, published by Wisdom Tales, were selected. Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart, published by Delacorte Press, and Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren, illustrated by Fabio Santomauro, published by Kar-Ben, are Honor books in the Older Readers category. For Teen Readers, the Honor books are Isabel’s War by Lila Perl, published by Lizzie Skurnick Books, an imprint of Ig Publishing and Like No Other by Una LaMarche, published by Razor Bill, an imprint of Penguin Group.

Winners and Honor recipients will be participating in a blog tour February 8-13, 2015. A schedule for the blog tour will be posted at www.jewishlibraries.org/blog.

In addition to the medal winners, the Award Committee designated sixteen Notable Books of Jewish content for 2015. More information about the Sydney Taylor Book Award can be found at www.SydneyTaylorBookAward.org.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2014 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced by AJL

 

Laurel Snyder and Catia Chien, author and illustrator of The Longest Night: A Passover Story, Patricia Polacco, author and illustrator of The Blessing Cup, and Neal Bascomb, author of The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi, are the 2014 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award. 

 
The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series. The winners will receive their awards at the Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada this June. 

Snyder and Chien will receive the 2014 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Younger Readers category for The Longest Night: A Passover Story, published by Schwartz & Wade, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. Written in gentle verse, the tumultuous days leading up to the Jews’ flight from Egypt are described from the perspective of an unnamed slave girl in this beautifully illustrated story. It provides a unique introduction to the Passover holiday for young readers in an honest, but age-appropriate way. 

 
The gold medal in the Older Readers category will be presented to Patricia Polacco for The Blessing Cup, a Paula Wiseman Book, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In this prequel to The Keeping Quilt, Polacco shares the story of a treasured family heirloom. The miraculous journey from the shtetl to America of the remaining teacup from a china tea set, deliberately left behind when her Jewish ancestors were forced to leave Czarist Russia, will strike an emotional chord with readers. In 1988, The Keeping Quilt was the Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers. 

Neal Bascomb will receive the 2014 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Teen Readers category for The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi, published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic. A stunning account of the mission to capture Adolf Eichmann by an elite team of Israeli spies is dramatically brought to life by Neal Bascomb.


  

Sydney Taylor Honor Books Selected for 2014:

Younger Readers:
  • Stones for Grandpa by Renee Londoner with illustrations by Martha Avilés 
  • Rifka Takes a Bow by Betty Rosenberg Perlov with illustrations by Cosei Kawa. (both by Kar-Ben, a division of Lerner Publishing Group)
Older Readers:
  • The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler’s List by Leon Leyson with Marilyn J. Harran and Elisabeth B. Leyson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division) 
  • Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past: The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1948 by Carol Matas (Scholastic Canada)
Teen Readers:
  • Dancing in the Dark by Robyn Bavati (Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide) 
  • The War Within These Walls by Aline Sax with illustrations by Caryl Strzelecki and translated by Laura Watkinson (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)
Gold and silver medalists will be participating in a blog tour beginning February 16, 2014. 

In addition to the medal winners, the Award Committee designated thirteen Notable Books of Jewish Content for 2014




Thursday, October 31, 2013

Minutes: SFAJL Meeting, October 29, 2013

Meeting Minutes, SFAJL October 29, 2013, B'nai Torah Congregation, Boca Raton, FL

Present: Irwin Chalfin, Rita Cimbal, Kathleen Clotfelter, Rhea Cohen, Robin Coller, Heidi Estrin, Bea Gold, Etta Gold, Phyllis Gutmann, Sue Kirshner, June Knopf, Gloria Levin, Jeff Marks, Lillian Nadler, Evelyn Reich, Arlene Robert, Jeff Rosenberg, Rabbi Tobias Rothenberg, Sheila Trossman, Helene Wartel, Ruth Weiner, Barbara Weiss, Helene Yentis.

Meeting called to order after a lovely lunch provided by B'nai Torah. Mrs. Nathan (founder of the Nathan Library) joined us for lunch, and we were greeted by the Rabbi.

Many members brought books to give away, so we started the meeting with a sort of "swap meet."

Sue Kirshner welcomed us to B'nai Torah. We discussed the fact that our chapter does not collect dues at this time, but that the umbrella group of AJL does require dues ($70 individual).

Sue led a discussion of book sale techniques. We heard recommendations not to hold them too often, and to alphabetize the books or group them by genre to make it easier for shoppers.

Sue talked about the upcoming visit of author Judy Petsonk (Queen of the Jews) to South Florida. She will speak in various locales, including Temple Beth Am (Etta's library) on November 10 and Congregation B'nai Israel (Heidi's library) on November 12.

Sue reports that Lorelei Ennis is offering to host a meeting at Temple Dor Dorim in Weston in January. Attendees were enthusiastic about this.

Our speaker at today's meeting was Helene Yentis, an expert of Hebrew illuminated manuscripts. She gave a dynamic presentation, with a slideshow. Helene, Etta Gold, and Jeff Rosenberg shared art history books and facsimiles they'd brought along.

After Helene's talk, Heidi covered AJL business: the upcoming general membership vote, the monthly Jewish Book Carnival, and the annual conference (next year in Las Vegas!). Etta spoke about upcoming programs at Temple Beth Am in Miami.

Helene had brought along a film crew to record her presentation. After her talk, some attendees spoke on camera about Helene and her interesting session.

The meeting was adjourned.











Wednesday, September 04, 2013

SFAJL Meeting Will Be Held October 29, 2013

SFAJL invites you to join us for our fall luncheon meeting on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 SW18th Street, Boca Raton, FL 333433. The meeting will start at 11:45 am.
 
We are planning a special program which we invite you to create with us. Helene Yentis, an art historian with a specialty in Jewish Art will lead us in an interactive power point presentation. Her topic is Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts, Facsimile Editions, and Jewish Art Books. If you have any Facsimile Editions or special archival materials you would like to share with the group, please bring them with you to the meeting. If you want Helene to highlight them in her talk, please email 1-3 images so she can add them to the power point presentation. Her email is HYarts@aol.com. We will also feature some one of kind books (art works themselves) from the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University. Arthur Jaffe will be joining us for this meeting.
 
Please R.S.V.P. to Sue Kirshner, 561 483-9677 or SueKirshner@gmail.com by Thursday, October 24, 2013.
 
Directions to B’nai Torah Congregation
 
From the North: I-95 to Palmetto Park Blvd. Go west to Military Trail. Turn left on Military Trail. Turn right on 18th Street. Synagogue is on your right across from the fire station. There is a flashing light at the turn.
 
From the South: I-95 to Hillsboro. Go west to Military Trail. Turn right on Military Trail. Turn left on 18th Street. Synagogue is on your right across from the fire state. There is a flashing light at the turn.