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Naomi with students at the Harel School

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Below are some of Naomi's books

 

fragments

Fragments(in Hebrew: Resisim)
"That is our lives!" I raised my voice painfully. "Fragments - all we have left of our family, of ourselves, of our Judaism - are only fragments." Tears filled my eyes and Arik pulled me towards him and held me in his arms.
"No, Anna," he protested vehemently. "We have each other, we have Lise who fulfilled the dream, we have a country to go to, and we have our religion in which we can find comfort." His voice softened as he added gently, "The only thing we don't have is parents." Arik, Lise and Anna survived the Holocaust by fleeing on the "Kindertransport" - the children's transport - to England, leaving their parents behind.
In a final desperate attempt just before the outbreak of WWII, thousands of parents in Germany, Czechoslovakia and Austria tried to send their children to safer shores. Of all the countries in the world, only England opened her gates, thereby saving the lives of almost 10,000 children, the vast majority Jewish.
This is the story of 17-year-old Arik, 16-year-old Lise and 15-year-old Anna. The author Naomi Shmuel wrote the book based on the experiences of her mother, the author and poet Karen Gershon z"l (nee Kate Lowenthal, Anna in the book), and her sisters.

 

 

moon

 

The Rainbow Child
Published by Hakibutz Hameuchad 2004

Winner of the Anderson Commendation in 2002

"There's an Ethiopian; there's an Ethiopian!" I heard them shouting. I looked behind me, but I couldn't see any Ethiopian. Children began crowding round me, and I still didn't realize that they meant me, I was the Ethiopian.
Meskerm was born in a small town called Kazerin in the Golan Heights of Israel, to an Ethiopian mother and an American father. Soon after Operation Solomon, when several thousand Ethiopian immigrants were brought to Israel, Meskerem's parents decided to move to the center of the country, to the town of Herzelia. Meskerm comes face to face with the ignorance and prejudices of her new classmates, who are meeting someone dark skinned for the first time. Her experiences, coming on the brink of adolescence, force her to confront her mixed identity. With the help of her Ethiopian grandmother, who remained in Kazerin, Meskerm learns to come to terms with who she is and find strength in belonging to three different cultures.

 

lion hunter

 

The Lion Hunters Son
Published by Hakibutz Hameuchad 2004

Winner of the Trudi Birger Award for Children's Literature

"Considering our frequent clashes today it's hard for me to imagine that once I ran enthusiastically to meet my father and jumped on him and hugged him, but I know it used to be like that. Dad used to sit me on his knees and tell me about lion hunting in Ethiopia. The huge scar on his right shoulder always fascinated me. I used to lift his shirt up and run my finger along the scar. My whole body trembled as I imagined the sharp teeth of a huge lion piercing his skin exactly where my fingers were touching it. When I was small I thought my father was a hero. The first break in our relationship occurred when I was in first grade and I asked him what they did with the lions they caught."
Aharon was a respected lion hunter in Ethiopia, his son Oren is a rebellious teenager born in Israel. As well as the generation gap, and the difficulties faced by the family as new immigrants, there is a growing cultural gap that separates between father & son. The story that unfolds is told alternately by father and by son, giving a unique insight into both perspectives. It seems that their differences can never be resolved, and the constant clashes between them are inevitable. But special circumstances prove Oren to be just as courageous as his father, when he miraculously succeeds in preventing two terrorists from blowing up a bus in Jerusalem. In the aftermath of the excitement Oren’s life will change forever.

 

moon

 

The Moon is Bread - Naomi's husband's true story of growing up in Ethiopian, of why and how he left, and his experiences in Israel as a new immigrant. Published by Gefen in 1999.

 

 

 

 

leaving ethiopia

Ethiopian Exodus - By Michael Shmuel(Naomi's son) is the story of two brothers who grow up together in Ethiopia and their journey to Israel. In Hebrew, for ages 3-6, published in 2006 by the Hebrew University Etgar pre-school program known in the US as HIPPY.

 

 

 

moon is dabo

The Moon is Dabo - the story of two brothers who grow up together in Ethiopia and their journey to Israel. In Hebrew, for ages 3-6, published in 2006 by the Hebrew University Etgar pre-school program known in the US as HIPPY.

 

 

 

 

mayanot

The Tegow Springs - the story of an Ethiopan mother's original solution to her son's recurrent bad dreams. In Hebrew, for ages 3-6, published in 2006 by the Hebrew University Etgar pre-school program known in the US as HIPPY.

 

 

 

 

 

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