Learn­ing Curve

Sara Raziel & Ilana Pollack
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By – March 30, 2015

Yehud­is Tan­nen­baum is an A‑student who has been called genius,” dic­tio­nary” and oth­er such names through­out her ele­men­tary school years. When she gets accept­ed to Bais Rivkah high school, nobody is sur­prised. She starts her new school with social trep­i­da­tion, but with her best friend in tow. Although she thought she could shed her rep­u­ta­tion for being the genius, the one who every­body calls before a test, she is thrown right back into that role after the first exam. Raziel and Pol­lack share the sto­ry from Yehud­is’ point of view as she enters the new school with the hope of forg­ing a new rep­u­ta­tion, through find­ing her­self with the untal­ent­ed” cos­tume design­ers for the school play, and final­ly to her broth­er’s wed­ding where she learns the true mean­ing of friend­ship and what it is to real­ly be a friend. In addi­tion to friend­ship, Yehud­is finds a new appre­ci­a­tion for her­self and begins to find her place in society. 

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 13 – 16

Dro­ra Arussy, Ed.D., is an edu­ca­tion­al con­sul­tant who spe­cial­izes in inte­grat­ing Jew­ish and sec­u­lar stud­ies, the arts into edu­ca­tion, and cre­ative teach­ing for excel­lence in Jew­ish edu­ca­tion. She is the moth­er to four school-age chil­dren and has taught from pre-school through adult. Dro­ra is an adjunct pro­fes­sor of Hebrew lan­guage at Drew University.

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