February 20th, 2005

Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California

AJL Regional Conferences

Jewish Literature for Children
AJL Western Conference – February 20, 2005

Host: Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library
Sponsored by AJLSC, AJL, Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library,
and Mt. Sinai Memorial Parks & Mortuaries

Photography by Joseph Dowdy, AV Specialist, Sinai Temple Library


Conference Co-Chair: Susan Dubin, Off-the-Shelf Library Services, Lisa Silverman, Director, Sinai Temple Blumenthal Library.
AJL President, Ronda Rose, Library Director, Temple Emanuel.
Martha White, Director of Sales & Marketing, Mt. Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuary


David Adler

< Keynote Speaker – David Adler, author, shows his first book – “A Little At A Time.” Topic: “Looking Back After More than 30 Years of Writing for Children, and Looking Forward…”

> Lunch Speaker – Linda Silver, AJL President of Synagogue, School, and Center Division. Topic: “Milestones in American Jewish Children’s Literature”

Linda Silver

Panel: “Portraying the Holocaust in Children’s Literature”

David Adler & Adaire Klein
David Adler, author, and Adaire Klein, moderator
Sonia Levitin
Sonia Levitin, author


Hava Ben-Zavi
Hava Ben-Zvi, author
Anne Isaac
Anne Isaac, author

Panel: “Illustrating the Jewish Book”

Jean Marzollo
Naomi Howland
Deborah Nourse Lattimore

Other Sessions

Linda Silver, Creator & Editor of AJL’s New Jewish Valuesfinder. Topic: “What’s New in Jewish Children’s Literature”
Assoc. Prof. June Cummins: “Sydney Taylor: The Books That Changed the Literature”
David Adler, author – “Workshop for Authors”(designed for writers who are already published or have a finished work.)


Etan Boritzer and Julie Strauss-Gabel Publishers’ Panel: “Everything You Wanted to Know About Publishing Jewish Books, But Didn’t Have a Chance to Ask!”
Editor’s Panel


Storyteller < Storyteller Joel Ben Izzy

Dessert and Autograph Party

Authors Walk
Susan Dubin introduces author David Steinberg, while Lisa Silverman waits to escort author to his table to autograph his books. (Joel Ben Izzy waiting in background.)
Author Robert Avrechautographs his book
Deborah Nourse Lattimore has just signed her book for Grace Friedman(left) and Dorothy Steiner (center)


Exhibits (left) Rita Frischer browses and buys books on display from three exhibitors:
(below) Every Picture Tells a Story, Storyopolis, and Book Events and Authors Unlimited.
Book display

Some Candid Photos

classroom listening