The Garden of Time – Now Available at the UUA Bookstore

The Garden of TimeThe Garden of Time

By: Jill Hammer Illustrator: Zoë Cohen

Published by Skinner House Books 4/17/14

 

 

In this story based on ancient Jewish legend, Adam and Eve walk through the Garden of Eden, noticing what is happening around them and deciding what holidays they will celebrate based on what they see, smell, hear, and taste. Gorgeous text and art illuminate Judaism, the calendar, and the environment for both children and adults.

Includes guides to the Jewish holidays and ancient iconography.

Quotes:
With beautiful images and words, The Garden of Time offers a magical path through the seasons and allows the sacred breath of life to blow through all our souls. Take a walk in the garden; be refreshed and renewed.
—Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, author, The Shema in the Mezuzah: Listening to Each Other

As Adam and Eve discover seasons in the Garden of Time, readers become aware of the universal spirituality and meaning for living within each Jewish holiday. Zoe Cohen’s beautiful paintings, which echo ancient Near Eastern art, invite readers into an ancient paradise that is both magical and deeply rooted in the earth. Rabbi Jill Hammer is a world-class storyteller, helping children and adults to connect their experiences in nature to festivals like Hanukkah and Passover. A wonderful teaching aid, intergenerational and multifaith discussion starter, and perfect holiday gift.
—Rabbi Goldie Milgram, co-editor, Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning

The Garden of Time reveals the cycle and meaning of time, the seasons, and the Jewish holidays in many-splendored ways. Jill Hammer’s poetic, midrashic writing led me to see the passage of time in technicolor and with all my senses and to experience it with a renewed vision and a bountiful appreciation. I enthusiastically recommend this transcendent book as an intergenerational shared story!
—-Peninnah Schram, author, The Apple Tree’s Discovery

Gracefully written and beautifully illustrated, The Garden of Time roots each holiday in its season, in the cycle of nature. In our urban, speeded up, digital lives, nature is often little more than an amusement or an obstacle, and we can forget how integral the seasons are to our cycle of holidays. Jill Hammer’s lilting text and Zoe Cohen’s surprising drawings remind us that the cycle of our holidays is rooted in the cycle of nature. I look forward to reading this book with children in my family and community.
—Arthur Strimling, Maggid HaMakom, Congregation Kolot Chayeinu, Brooklyn, NY

 

Rev Marti Keller visits the VUU

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Rev. Marti Keller, co-editor with Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg of the upcoming Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism ( Skinner House Press, January2014) and Lynn Ungar,, minister for lifespan religious education for the Church of the Larger Fellowship, were featured guests on the weekly YouTube show The VUU Thursday morning September 5. They talked about the meaning of the Jewish High Holy Days, the presence of and concerns of Jewish Unitarian Universalists, cultural appropriation and rituals, and our wisdom sources– as well as the notion of cultural Christian privilege within UU.

Jerry Davidoff Sermon Award Announced

Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness is delighted to announce the following winner of its sixth annual Jerry Davidoff Sermon Award, for the best sermon delivered in 2012 which best illustrates or exemplifies the contributions of Jewish theology, thought or culture to our liberal faith tradition:

 “What’s a Nice Jewish Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This” preached on September 16, 2012 at Northern Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Cincinnati, Ohio, by The Rev Joan Kahn-Schneider.

The award comes with a $500 honorarium, and will be presented at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association, in Louisville, KY, June 18-23, 2013.

The UUJA award is named in honor of the late Jerry Davidoff, a longtime leader in our UU movement and one of the earliest members of the UUJA, which was founded over 20 years ago by UUs of Jewish descent or interest who wished to create a voice for the often overlooked Jewish presence in our faith community and to highlight one of our source traditions.

Judges for this year?s UUJA sermon award competition were The Rev. Marty Keller, past president of UUJA; The Rev. Aaron McEmrys, winner of the 2012 Davidoff award; and former UUJA board treasurer Myrtle McMahon.

 

Passover Resources Available

Passover begins Monday, March 25 2013.  Be sure to check the Passover Resources UUJA has available.