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 has been a syn­a­gogue librar­i­an and Jew­ish edu­ca­tor for over twen­ty-five years and has worked at North Sub­ur­ban Syn­a­gogue Beth El in High­land Park, IL since 2008, cur­rent­ly serv­ing as the Direc­tor of Life­long Learn­ing. A past chair of the Syd­ney Tay­lor Book Award Com­mit­tee and past edi­tor of Book Reviews for Chil­dren & Teens for the Asso­ci­a­tion of Jew­ish Libraries News & Reviews, her arti­cles and book reviews appear in numer­ous pub­li­ca­tions. She has been a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Library Association’s Sophie Brody Book Award Com­mit­tee since 2021.

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