Jew­ish Hol­i­day Origami

Joel Stern; David Green­field, illus.
  • Review
By – May 14, 2012
This slim paper­back vol­ume includes instruc­tions for 24 Jew­ish origa­mi projects, along with a black and white pho­to­graph and a brief expla­na­tion of each project’s his­tor­i­cal and spir­i­tu­al sig­nif­i­cance. The intro­duc­tion pro­vides basic infor­ma­tion about origa­mi and explains how Judaism can be expressed through this ancient paper fold­ing art. The table of con­tents lists the projects by lev­el (begin­ner, inter­me­di­ate, and advanced) and by Jew­ish hol­i­day (Sab­bath, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Sim­chat Torah, Chanukah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot). While not near­ly as attrac­tive as Flo­rence Temko’s Jew­ish Origa­mi, Jew­ish Origa­mi II and Bible Origa­mi, which include full-col­or pho­tographs and dia­grams as well as origa­mi paper, Stern’s edi­tion is more com­pre­hen­sive and con­tent-rich — a worth­while addi­tion for libraries that col­lect Jew­ish craft books. For ages 8 and up.

Rachel Kamin is the Direc­tor of the Joseph and Mae Gray Cul­tur­al & Learn­ing Cen­ter at North Sub­ur­ban Syn­a­gogue Beth El in High­land Park, Illi­nois. A past chair of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Award Com­mit­tee, Rachel is cur­rent­ly the co-edi­tor of Book Reviews for Chil­dren & Teens for the Asso­ci­a­tion of Jew­ish Libraries Newslet­ter. She holds a BA in his­to­ry from Grin­nell Col­lege and a master’s degree in library and infor­ma­tion sci­ence from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michigan.

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