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It's Challah Time!

20th Anniversary Edition

It's Challah Time!
Latifa Berry Kropf By (author)
Moshe Shai Photographs by
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Lerner Publishing Group

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9.8 X 9.8 in
24 pg

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religion / Judaism
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Other, Religious


In this 20th anniversary edition of Kar-Ben’s best-seller with all new photos, a diverse preschool class works together to make challah for Shabbat in this photo-driven book. They combine yeast, water, flour and salt into dough that is braided into perfect challah loaves. The children enjoy tasting their creation, and learn that making challah is a special ritual of Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath.


"It’s Challah Time, is for young readers ready to help make their own challahs. Author Latifa Berry Kropf takes us to a preschool baking challah for Shabbat. Using photographs by Moshe Shai, we see the children helping with each step of the recipe, from the flour, yeast and eggs to the kneading and braiding. The children work together to create two lovely challahs. The children gather at the end to say the blessings and eat the challah, of course. Included is a recipe and the Shabbat blessings, making this the perfect story to share with children every Friday evening." — Marcia Berneger, San Diego Jewish WorldWebsite

"In this updated edition, Kropf has retained most of the elements that made It’s Challah Time! a classic picture book. Boys and girls in a preschool setting participate in the various steps to make challah for Shabbat: adding the ingredients, mixing and kneading the dough, braiding the strands, and baking the sweet challah. You can almost taste and smell the challah as it is taken out of the oven! When it is ready, the children say the blessings over the Shabbat candles, grape juice, and bread. Included in this edition is the recipe for whole wheat honey challah, as well as blessings in Hebrew, transliterations, and translations.
The stunning photos are different from those in the original edition published in 2002, for they portray children who come from diverse backgrounds. Two points to note: not all the boys in the photos wear kippot; the labels on the packages are in Hebrew." — Anne Dublin, retired librarian of Holy Blossom Temple; author of A Cage Without Bars (Second Story Press, 2018), Toronto, AJLMagazine

Author Bio

Latifa Berry Kropf teaches preschool, remedial reading, and Israeli dancing. She is the author of It’s Challah Time!, It’s Sukkah Time!, It’s Seder Time!, and It’s Hanukkah Time! She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Moshe Shai has been a professional photographer for over 30 years, with rich experience in press, geographical and documentary photography. His work has appeared in a variety of international magazines, as well as Israeli newspapers Yediot Aharonot, Ma’ariv and Ha’aretz, and photo agencies including Getty, Sigma and Corbis. He lives in Israel.