Best Judaism for Teens & Young Adults Books

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1. The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi

Author: by Neal Bascomb
Arthur A. Levine Books
272 pages

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A thrilling spy mission, a moving Holocaust story, and a first-class work of narrative nonfiction. This Sydney Taylor Book Award- and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award-winning story of Eichmann’s capture is now a major motion picture starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, Operation Finale!

In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis’ Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century’s most important trials – one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination.

This is the thrilling and fascinating story of what happened between these two events. Illustrated with powerful photos throughout, impeccably researched, and told with powerful precision, THE NAZI HUNTERS is a can’t-miss work of narrative nonfiction for middle-grade and YA readers.

2. Four Perfect Pebbles: A True Story of the Holocaust

Author: by Lila Perl
Greenwillow Books
160 pages

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The twentieth-anniversary edition of Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s acclaimed Holocaust memoir features new material by the author, a reading group guide, a map, and additional photographs. The writing is direct, devastating, with no rhetoric or exploitation. The truth is in what’s said and in what is left out.

ALA Booklist (starred review) Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s unforgettable and acclaimed memoir recalls the devastating years that shaped her childhood. Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal familyfather, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albertwere trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to get to Holland, but soon thereafter it was occupied by the Nazis.

For the next six and a half years the Blumenthals were forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps, including Westerbork in Holland and Bergen-Belsen in Germany, before finally making it to the United States. Their story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, and the will to survive.

3. Man's Search for Meaning: Young Adult Edition: Young Adult Edition

Author: by Viktor E. Frankl
Beacon Press

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A young adult edition of the best-selling classic about the Holocaust and finding meaning in suffering, with a photo insert, a glossary of terms, a chronology of Frankl’s life, and supplementary letters and speechesViktor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning is a classic work of Holocaust literature that has riveted generations of readers.

Like Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl and Elie Wiesel’s Night, Frankl’s masterpiece is a timeless examination of life in the Nazi death camps. At the same time, Frankl’s universal lessons for coping with suffering and finding one’s purpose in life offer an unforgettable message for readers seeking solace and guidance.

This young adult edition features the entirety of Frankl’s Holocaust memoir and an abridged version of his writing on psychology, supplemented with photographs, a map of the concentration camps, a glossary of terms, a selection of Frankl’s letters and speeches, and a timeline of his life and of important events in the Holocaust.

4. Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything

Author: by Aly Raisman
368 pages

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Discover Aly Raisman’s inspiring story of dedication, perseverance, and learning to think positive even in the toughest times on her path to gold medal success in two Olympic Games-and beyond. Aly Raisman first stepped onto a gymnastics mat as a toddler in a “mommy & me” gymnastics class.

No one could have predicted then that sixteen years later, she’d be standing on an Olympic podium, having achieved her dreams. Aly’s road to success was full of hard work, perseverance, and victories, but not without its hardships. Aly faced many obstacles, from naysayers who said she’d never make it in gymnastics to classmates who shamed her for her athletic body to a devastating betrayal of trust.

Through it all, Aly surrounded herself with supportive family, friends, and teammates and found the inner strength to remain positive and believe in herself. Now, in her own words, Aly shows what it takes to be a champion on and off the floor, and takes readers on a behind-the-scenes journey before, during, and after her remarkable achievements in two Olympic Games-through her highest highs, lowest lows, and all the moments in between.

5. Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust

Author: by Michael Gruenbaum
384 pages

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Resilience shines throughout Michael Gruenbaum’s riveting memoir (Publishers Weekly, starred review) about his time in the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust, in this National Jewish Book award finalist and Parents Choice Gold Medal Awardwinning title, an ideal companion to the bestselling Boy on the Wooden Box.

Michael Misha Gruenbaum enjoyed a carefree childhood playing games and taking walks through Prague with his beloved father. All of that changed forever when the Nazis invaded Prague. The Gruenbaum family was forced to move into the Jewish Ghetto in Prague.

Then, after a devastating loss, Michael, his mother and sister were deported to the Terezin concentration camp. At Terezin, Misha roomed with forty other boys who became like brothers to him. Life in Terezin was a bizarre, surreal balancesome days were filled with friendship and soccer matches, while others brought mortal terror as the boys waited to hear the names on each new list of who was being sent to the East.

6. Betrayed

Author: by Stan Telchin
Chosen Books
162 pages

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Betrayed!Is the page-turning account of a loving Jewish family caught on divergent prongs of a historic conflict. When Stan Telchin’s daughter accepts Jesus as her Messiah, she makes a touching plea for him to search out the truth for himself.

Intending to prove her wrong, Telchin sets out on a vigorous and critical examination of the claims of Jesus Christ. He is astonished at what he learns and finds himself facing a wrenching and life-changing decision. As readers travel with Telchin, they too will discover a deeper, fuller awareness of both Judaism and Christianity, as well as how God can heal wounds from the bitterest conflicts.

Even more, readers will discover the inexorable power of the gospel. This new edition includes an update from the author and wisdom-filled words on Jewish identity.

7. Hidden Like Anne Frank: 14 True Stories of Survival: 14 True Stories of Survival

Author: by Marcel Prins
Arthur A. Levine Books
240 pages

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Now in paperback, fourteen unforgettable true stories of children hidden away during World War II to escape the Holocaust. Jaap Sitters was only eight years old when his mother cut the yellow stars off his clothes and sent him, alone, on a fifteen-mile walk to hide with relatives.

It was a terrifying night, one he would never forget. Before the end of the war, he would hide in secret rooms and behind walls. He would suffer from hunger, sickness, and the looming threat of Nazi raids.But he would live.

This is just one of the true stories told in Hidden Like Anne Frank, a collection of eye-opening first-person accounts that share the experience of going into hiding to escape the Holocaust. Some were just toddlers when they were hidden; some were teenagers.

Some hid with neighbors or family, while many were with complete strangers. But all know the pain of losing their homes, their families, even their own names. They describe the secret network that kept them safe. And they share the coincidences and close calls that made all the difference.

8. The Cage: A Holocaust Memoir

Author: by Ruth Minsky Sender
240 pages

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A testament to the enduring strength of the human spirit, family, and, above all, hope, this vivid memoir of a woman who lost her youth and family to the Nazis (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) is a Holocaust survival story that will be remembered for generations.

As long as there is life, there is hope After Riva’s mother was taken away by the Nazis, Riva and her younger brothers were left to cling to their mother’s brave words to help them endure life in the Lodz ghetto.

Then the family is rounded up, deported to Auschwitz, and separated.Now Riva is alone. At Auschwitz, and later in the work camps at Mittlesteine and Grafenort, Riva vows to live, and to hopefor Mama, for her brothers, for the millions of other victims of the nightmare of the Holocaust.

And through determination and courage, and unexpected small acts of kindness, she does live. And this unforgettable memoir of love, strength, and survival is her story.

9. A Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw

Author: by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Square Fish (May 1, 1986)
227 pages

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An ALA Notable Book and winner of the National Book Award for Children’s Books, Isaac Bashevis Singer’s A Day of Pleasure shares his memories as a boy growing up in Warsaw, Poland prior to World War II-featuring striking black and white photographs by Roman Vishniac.

In this series of short stories, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author reveals his childhood as part of Warsaw’s Hasidic Jewish community in the early years of the twentieth century, through the First World War and into the 1930s before the Nazi Holocaust destroyed their culture.

From his school days when his parents struggled with poverty in the ghetto through the divide between traditionalists and those determined to modernize their lives to the wars and fascist regimes that made them flee their home, Singer’s stories and Vishniac’s photographs recreate a world long gone but never forgotten.

10. A Promise Fulfilled: Theodor Herzl, Chaim Weitzmann, David Ben-Gurion, and the Creation of the State of Israel

Author: by Howard Greenfeld
144 pages

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Here are the stories of three very different men – a journalist, a scientist, and a labor leader – who shared the same seemingly impossible dream. They were determined to create a Jewish state in the land God promised to Abraham and his descendants – land the Jews had been exiled from nearly two thousand years ago.

They faced towering obstacles and dramatic setbacks.Yet they prevailed.How? Spanning nearly ninety years and many significant world events, this concise history tells the tale of the creation of the state of Israel through the lives of three men.

Theodor Herzl, Chaim Weizmann, and David Ben-Gurion at times disagreed – even vehemently – but each needed the other two in order to accomplish a common goal. A Promise Fulfilled shows how events built on one another – how the way one crisis was handled influenced the way the next played out.

It is essential reading, not just for understanding how the nation of Israel came to be, but for insight into the controversy and crises that surround this country even today.

11. For Kids – Putting God on Your Guest List – 2nd Edition: How to Claim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Author: by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin
Jewish Lights

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The kids’ companion to the award-winning Putting God on the Guest List, 3rd Ed.: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah Used as an inspiring part of bar/bat mitzvah preparation for parents in hundreds of congregations around the world.

Jewish youngsters and their parents need to turn inward at bar and bat mitzvah time and ask themselves these hard questions: “Why are we doing this? What does it all mean?”At last, a guide especially for kids, to help them spiritually prepare for their bar/bat mitzvah.

Explains the core spiritual values of Judaism to young people in a language they can understand. Questions at the end of each chapter engage kids and let them offer their own thoughts. A special section helps parents and kids find places to perform acts of tzedakah to honor the eventnewly revised and updated.

12. Learn to Write the Hebrew Script as an Adult | כמבוגרים למדו לכתוב בכתב עברי: Learning Hebrew Handwriting and Studying the Bible at the Same Time! … Workbooks for Grown-ups) (Hebrew Edition)

Author: by Jewish Chai Life
118 pages

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Learn to Write the Hebrew Script – as an Adult! Learning a new language as an adult is not an easy thing. And when it comes with a unique alphabet and requires switching to right-to-left writing, things get tough. I know because I started my journey with the Hebrew language when I was over 20!

It’s not easy to start writing letters when you are not five years old anymore. It requires one to swallow one’s pride and embrace the new endeavor. One of my biggest pet-peeves when learning Hebrew was that so many materials were created with children in mind.

Big letters, cute images, and typically, the alphabet only. This workbook is different. It’s made with you in mind.!Just in! In the second book in the series, you can practice your Hebrew script while meditating over the meaning and beauty of the Hebrew Psalms (Tehillim).

Click on the series link to see the new book! Features:Learn the Hebrew script alphabet with one page dedicated to each of the letters. A smaller size of the letters fits better with an adult student. Practice your handwriting by tracing the verses from the Torah, starting with the Book of Bereshit (Genesis).

13. The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship, Family and Farewells

Author: by Debbie Levy
April 7, 2015

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Like other girls, Jutta Salzberg enjoyed playing with friends, going to school, and visiting relatives. In Germany in 1938, these everyday activities were dangerous for Jews. Jutta and her family tried to lead normal lives, but soon they knew they had to escape???

If they could, before it was too late. Throughout 1938, Jutta had her friends and relatives fill her poesiealbum??? Her autograph book???With inscriptions. Her daughter, Debbie Levy, used these entries as a springboard for telling the story of the Salzberg family’s last year in Germany.

It was a year of change and chance, confusion and cruelty. It was a year of goodbyes

14. Branded by the Pink Triangle

Author: by Ken Setterington
Second Story Press
196 pages

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A history of the persecution of gay men by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. When the Nazis came to power in Europe, the lives of homosexuals came to be ruled by fear as raids, arrests, prison sentences and expulsions became the daily reality.

When the concentration camps were built, homosexuals were imprisoned along with Jews. The pink triangle, sewn onto prison uniforms, became the symbol of their persecution. This book combines historical research with first-person accounts and individual stories to bring this time to life for readers.

From the first chapter, with its story of a young Jewish girl who was rescued from the depths of despair and starvation in the camps by a fellow prisoner who wore the pink triangle, to the last, entitled It Gets Better, which outlines the strides forward in gay rights made in the decades since the war, the feeling of bravery and perseverance in the face of inhuman cruelty shines through.

15. The Mitzvah Project Book: Making Mitzvah Part of Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah … and Your Life

Author: by Diane Heiman
Jewish Lights
224 pages

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Make the world a better place through good deedsbig or small.”Thank you, really, for devoting your energies to making the world just a little bit better. By doing so, you are saying to yourself, and to others, that this whole Bar/Bat Mitzvah thing is real and important.

And, this book will help you figure out great ways to put your own passions, interests, and hobbies to work for mitzvah.”from the ForewordAre you searching for a meaningful and fun mitzvah project? This inspiring book is packed with ideas to help you connect something you love to a mitzvah project or tikkun olam initiative that you can be passionate about.

It is filled with information, ideas and activities to spark your imagination, as well as a planning guide to get you organized and off to a good start. Creativity and CompassionArts & Crafts Clothes & Fashion Computers & Technology Food & Cooking Movies & Drama Reading & WritingPutting Mitzvot in Motion Animals Camp Fitness Health Music & Dance SportsYour World, Our WorldEnvironment Family Friends, Neighbors & Your Community Global Community Israel Your Jewish Heritage

16. Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944

Author: by Aranka Siegal
Square Fish
213 pages

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The classic true story of one child’s experiences during the holocaust. Nine-year-old Piri describes the bewilderment of being a Jewish child during the 1939-1944 German occupation of her hometown (then in Hungary and now in the Ukraine) and relates the ordeal of trying to survive in the ghetto.

Upon the Head of the Goat is the winner of the 1982 Boston Globe – Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and a 1982 Newbery Honor Book. This is a book that should be read by all those interested in the Holocaust and what it did to young and old.

Isaac Bashevis Singer