“Passover is probably the most widely celebrated Jewish holiday of all,” said Rabbi Gordon, who has been www.tbthumble.org  ">Temple Beth Torah’s spiritual leader since 1998. “It’s a time for families to get together, for good food, fun songs and exciting stories.” At the library programs, Gordon will present family-friendly stories that people of any religion can enjoy.
Passover includes the story from the Biblical tale in Exodus that chronicles the Israelites’ escaping the bondage of slavery and their journey to the Promised Land. Rabbi Gordon emphasizes that because the primary theme is freedom, anyone can relate to this tale. “Most people have experienced or observed oppression in one way or another,” the rabbi continued. “This is a time to remember the importance of freedom for all.”
In addition to leading Temple Beth Torah, Rabbi Gordon is an internationally recognized storyteller and author. He is a regular presenter at the Children’s Museum of Houston and is on the touring roster for Young Audiences. All ages are welcome at the library events.
Monday, March 18, 4 PM: Kingwood Branch , 4400 Bens View Lane, Kingwood, 77339
Monday, March 18, 7 PM: Atascocita Branch , 19520 Pinehurst Trail Drive, Atascocita, 77346
Tuesday, March 19, 10.30 AM: Octavia Fields Branch , 1503 S. Houston Ave, Humble, 77338.
Book Suggestions for Children
All about Passover  Judyth Groner
Retells the story of the Passover and the Israelites' flight from Egypt and explains the traditions of the Passover Seder today.
Lavishly illustrated, this book includes information about the history and the customs of Passover. The story of the Exodus, all about chametz and matzah, the tradition of tzedakah at Passover, and an introduction to the seder. To extend your experience it also includes recipes that you can try at home.
Izzy the Whiz and Passover McClean Yael Mermelstein
Izzy the Whiz is an amateur inventor who, right before Passover, creates a super duper machine that whirs and purrs and munches and crunches and miraculously cleans the entire house just in time for the holiday but not without creating havoc along the way. A fun, crazy, rhyming tale a la Dr. Seuss
Jodie's Passover Adventure Anna Levine
Amateur archaeologist Jodie invites her cousin Zach on an adventure exploring Hezekiah's Tunnel in Jerusalem when he comes for a visit over Passover.
The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah  Leslie Kimmelman
Oy gevalt! The Little Red Hen likes baking matzah, but she's not so crazy about doing everything herself. Would it be too much to ask her friends Dog, Horse, and Sheep to help plant and harvest some wheat for the delicious Passover treat? Couldn't they at least help schlep the wheat to the mill? In this rollicking version of a favorite folktale, a harried, hardworking hen finds the true meaning of Passover. A recipe for matzah, a glossary of Yiddish words, and a note on Passover traditions is included.
Hoppy Passover!  Linda Glaser
Violet and Simon, two small bunnies, are excited about Passover. They help set out the Seder plate, they taste that first bite of Matzoh (and a little bit of horseradish), search for the Afikomen, and most importantly...they ask lots of questions! Linda Glaser's simple, cozy story is just right for children first learning about this holiday. Daniel Howarth's charming paintings show a happy family passing on their traditions.