Rabbis Are People Too

This is Bayit’s first foray into the world of children’s books!

It’s easy for those whom rabbis serve to forget that we are human. Rabbis laugh, fear, and learn, just like everyone else. Rabbis Are People Too will teach young children (and also the adults who read to them!) that rabbis are people too, thereby humanizing clergy for a new generation. It will show diverse images of what rabbis look like and by extension what Jews look like, thereby offering kids an inclusive view of Jewishness. And it will teach children emotional literacy (e.g. happy, sad, embarrassed, hurt, surprised, bored).

Each page will feature an illustration of a different rabbi expressing a different feeling: Silly (Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder), Hurt (Rabbi Ruth Adar), Hopeful (Rabbi Menachem Creditor), Lonely (Rabbi Mike Harvey), Bored (Rabbi Rick Jacobs), Surprised (Rabbi Irwin Keller), Angry (Rabbi Jackie Mates-Muchin), Excited (Rabbi Mike Rothbaum), Proud (Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg), Happy (Rabbi Arnold Samlan), Nervous (Rabbi Simon Stratford), Embarrassed (Rabbi Rachel Timoner), Sad (Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz), Scared (Rabbi David Zaslow), Peaceful (Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman).

The book is the brainchild of Rabbi Mike Harvey, illustrator TBD, with editorial support from Steve Silbert and Rabbi Rachel Barenblat.

Stay tuned for release date, price, and pre-order information, coming soon.


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