Radio Interviews

Have a listen to Jim Shanker of 980 WCAP Radio, Lowell Mass interview me about my writing career, numerous books that I have written and the passion I feel about my Jewish heritage.

When LINDA JIMÉNEZ of Spain’s Radio Sefarad’s English Division heard about my picture book The Boston Chocolate Party and its Sephardi connection, she contacted me and my co-author Rabbi Deborah Prinz, asking us if we would appear on her show. Our backstory about the book can be heard in this wonderful interview by clicking on the link below.

What the Press & Bloggers Said About The Boston Chocolate Party

  1. The Jewish Book Council: “…there are many ingre­di­ents con­tribut­ing to this appeal­ing new book. Jew­ish mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, com­mu­ni­ty sup­port in the face of adver­si­ty, and a thirst for free­dom all add up to an engag­ing sto­ry about a Jew­ish Amer­i­can past.”
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  2. The Sydney Taylor Shmooze: “This delicious tale of friendship and freedom features bold and highly expressive illustrations….The Boston Chocolate Party… authentically and positively represents Jewish culture, with an emphasis on Sephardic traditions and Hanukkah celebrations.”
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  3. Association of Jewish Libraries: “…a fast-paced picture book that combines the drama foreshadowing the American Revolution, the heroic Maccabee fight for freedom, and Sephardic Hanukkah customs”

  4. The New Jersey Jewish Link: “The Boston Chocolate Party” is a children’s book that entertains while teaching a little history about Jews in colonial America.
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  5. The San Diego Jewish World: “Chanukah, Chocolate, and the Boston Tea Party”
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  6. Boston Jewish Journal: “Two parallel stories unfold: One is the enduring bond between Joshua and his friend Isaac, who moved to Boston. The other draws connections between Hanukkah, that recalls the ancient Maccabees’ fight for religious freedom and the Colonists’ fight for freedom.”
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  7. Good Reads with Ronna: “I adore historical fiction stories where I can learn something new, and The Boston Chocolate Partyis no exception.”
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  8. Barbara Bietz, Jewish Books for Kids…and More: “A story of friendship, family, and a sweet sip of history.”
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  9. Noodlenuts Children’s Books: “I definitely count this year's new "The Boston Chocolate Party" (2022) amongst my must-read titles for Chanukah.”
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  10. The Whole Megillah, Author’s Notebook Q&A with Tami Lehman-Wilzig: “I looked up the Jewish year for 1773, looked for Hanukkah on that year’s calendar and voila, there it was! The Boston Tea Party fell on the last night of the holiday. How could I ignore that fact? What a rich connection!”
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  11. Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb, Interview with co-Author Rabbi Deborah Prinz: “I love that The Boston Chocolate Party offers up opportunities for home and school choco-Hanukkah celebrations”
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What The Press & Bloggers Said About “SOOSIE, The Horse That Saved Shabbat”

  1. Kirkus Review:“A heartwarming tale with an abundance of kindness, love, and tradition.
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  2. The Jewish Book Council:“This high­ly rec­om­mend­ed sto­ry would make a won­der­ful read-aloud and is an excel­lent resource for edu­ca­tors, par­ents, ani­mal lovers, chal­lah con­nois­seurs, and those — like Soosie — who love to wan­der the streets of Jerusalem.”
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  3. The Sydney Taylor Shmooze: “This charming book is… a good story, lovely illustrations, and background information that is well-researched.
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  4. Historical Novel Society: “A delightful picture book for Jewish and non-Jewish children. “
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  5. Sincerely Stacey: “For those who celebrate Shabbat or for others that like to teach their children about other cultures and religions, this is an excellent folktale based on a story told many years ago in one family’s Jerusalem bakery.”
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  6. Mom Read It: “A charming story that would be a lovely addition to Shabbat gatherings.”
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Shabbat Around the World

We Jews are a diverse people, with communities all over the world creating engaging Shabbat customs.

You can learn about them through my unique,
digital-story / lesson-plan series that
It Gets You and Your Students Involved!