Teaching Jewish Values Through Literature For ALL Ages
Whether you are one or one hundred one years old, the mission of Sefer, So Good is to bring you books and music that will teach Jewish values. It is often difficult to see the connection between Judaism and our own interests and daily lives. Even more difficult is to help our children to see the place that Jewish values have in their world. Literature and music provide a unique strategy for making this connection quite easily. Selecting excellent Jewish and secular literature and music to best make this connection can be extremely difficult, but Sefer, So Goodmakes it easy. All of the books and music offered for all ages are personally selected by Debbie Colodny for their excellent quality and effectiveness as tools for imparting the Jewish values so dear to us. She is available to make suggestions for your personal enjoyment and education, for your family, and to work with the professionals in your Synagogue, Early Childhood Center, or Day School to help plan curriculum, Family and Adult Education, Teacher Workshops, and answer questions about books and music for all their educational needs.
About Debbie Colodny
Debbie Colodny is a Family Education consultant, experienced children’s librarian and certified Early Childhood, Elementary and Learning Disabilities teacher and supervisor. She is in charge of children’s programming at the public library in Libertyville, IL. As Director of Education and Programming at Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette, IL, for four years, Debbie was responsible for all educational programming, including the unique, nationally recognized Family School, the temple’s only religious school program where parents must come to learn together with their children. Prior to that, she was the Director of Education at Congregation Or Shalom in Vernon Hills, IL, where she developed a Family School as an “alternative track” to regular religious school. Debbie’s articles about using literature to teach Jewish values, holidays, social justice, Torah, Pirke Avot and environmental issues have appeared in Jewish education publications and she has presented numerous teacher workshops, adult education programs and Family Education Days focusing on those topics. With the establishment of Sefer, So Good in 2002, Debbie combined her life-long love and expertise in children’s literature with her knowledge and experience in Jewish education. In January of 2008 Debbie was honored with a four-year appointment to the prestigious national committee of the Association of Jewish Libraries that selects the “best of the best” in Jewish children’s literature – the Sydney Taylor Book Awards. Debbie works with this elite committee to encourage the publication of outstanding books of Jewish content for children, books that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.