Let’s Go Virtual

for
Teachers, Librarians, Homeschoolers, Family Programming

Bring Me Into Your Classroom/Auditorium/Home
I have extensive experience in promoting my books live and through virtual author appearances. I have been crafting my own live author tours since my first book in English – Tasty Bible Stories – appeared in 2003. I pride myself in being among the first children's book authors to make virtual visits in order to reach out and meet children in small towns that most authors don't visit. I began this author track in 2008. Since then I have been invited to day schools and synagogue religious schools across the United States. Bring me into your classroom/auditorium/home for an author reading of one of my books followed by a Q&A with me and/or depending on the book, an interactive activity.

Beyond Author Readings & Activities
I have also developed several engaging virtual programs that are described below.

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Author Visits

Books for the Jewish Calendar (for 5-8 year-olds, depending on book):

Hanukkah
The Boston Chocolate Party
(New Book: Visits available as of October 2021)
Hanukkah Around the World
Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles

Yom Ha'Shoah
Keeping the Promise

Please note that this book has a Hebrew version as well, making it ideal for schools who have integrated Hebrew as an active part of their curriculum.

Passover
Passover Around the World

Israel Independence Day
Zvuvi's Israel
Stork's Landing

Jerusalem Day
SOOSIE: The Horse That Saved Shabbat (New Book: Visits available as of March 2021)

Virtual Programs

Creative Writing for Kids

(for 3rd-4th Graders)

Learn about animals native to Israel and Israeli nature through a creative writing program designed for your students. To begin with, I will enter your classroom virtually, read my book “Stork's Landing” that deals with bird migration to Israel, and explain what inspired me to write this book. Then I will introduce your class to a quirky animal or something unusual in nature, show and provide video links & images, and give your students some prompts so that they can develop an idea and write their own story. This session will take place at the beginning of the month. The students will have three weeks to write their story. Depending on the size of the class, either all students will send me their story or the teacher will select the top five, send them to me and I will pick a winner. We will meet again virtually at the end of the month when I will read the winning story and conduct my own Q&A with the winning author. The teacher and I will decide ahead of time what the reward will be.

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Shabbat Around the World

(developed for 3rd-4th Grades)

Unique, Digital Story-Lesson Plan Series

We belong to one people scattered all over the world, making us a multicultural nation. Although Shabbat observances follow the same timeline, many communities have developed unique customs that are integral to their Shabbat celebration. Shabbat Around the World introduces students to unique Jewish customs across the globe and empowers students to enhance their own Shabbat observance. At the same time, this new series enables students to explore global Jewish communities – their history, geography and culture – so that by the end of the year students will have gained an appreciation of the Jewish world’s vast cultural diversity.

Combine One Unit with a Virtual Author Visit

Tell Your Family Story

A great opportunity for children to learn about their family history and rich Jewish heritage!

I am a family heirloom storyteller. I have written two heirloom books: Lotty's Lace Tablecloth and Mayer Aaron Levy and His Lemon Tree. My Shabbat Around the World Unit dealing with the Czech Republic begins with an heirloom story – “The Le-Chah Dodi Band.” I have done numerous live, interactive family heirloom presentations around all of the above. Each one has been a big hit. Through them I have discovered that parents and grandparents eagerly grab this opportunity to tell their family story. This presentation involves an assignment that is given to students ahead of time. In a virtual visit I will read one heirloom story and then invite the children to show & tell their own Jewish heirloom stories.

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Jewish Holiday Customs

(for 1st-3rd Graders)

Having written two books on specific holiday customs (Hanukkah Around the World; Passover Around the World), created a unique, digital story-lesson plan series on Shabbat (Shabbat Around the World), and a 7-year-long blog on Jewish traditions, I am the Jewish Holiday Customs “maven”. 
Write to me if you're looking for an unusual holiday custom for a specific holiday. I'll provide you with one and help you develop an out-of-the-box classroom activity.
 Invite me into your classroom for a virtual visit to see and discuss the results.

Fees

I live in Israel and am a seasoned school presenter, making live and virtual presentations over the past 17 years. My experience has shown that a tiny synagogue school in an outlying area cannot sustain the same fee as a large synagogue school, and certainly not the same as a Day School. Therefore, I have developed a three-level fee for virtual visits.

Jewish Day Schools

First Visit/specific book: $85

Additional Visits/same specific book: $65/each

Free! When you book one visit, I will virtually visit your school free of charge one-time only, for a Q&A about what it is like to live in Israel.

Large Synagogue Schools

First Visit/specific book: $70

Additional Visits/same specific book: $50/each

Free! When you book one visit, I will virtually visit your school free of charge one-time only, for a Q&A about what it is like to live in Israel.

Small Synagogue Schools

First Visit/specific book: $50

Additional Visits/same specific book: $25/each

Free! When you book one visit, I will virtually visit your school free of charge one-time only, for a Q&A about what it is like to live in Israel.