Four books have been published so far:
A Majse – fun rhymes regarding Jewish traditions
Majn Alef Bejs – rhymes about Yiddish alphabet
Jontew Lider – rhymes about the most important Jewish holidays
Jidiszer Zoo – rhymes about animals
Thanks to Jewish Communities, JDC Poland, Jewish Schools, and associations and Jewish foundations working in the broad field of education, books are provided free of charge to the children of Jewish background in Poland. Since 2010, when the first books were published, the publications are successfully used in workshops and educational programs conducted in local Jewish communities.
Already at the stage of preparing the project, we were thinking about how to show children the history, tradition and Jewish religion in a comprehensible, entertaining and interesting way. We decided on the best and the mildest form of education which is a fairy tale – “a Majse” in Yiddish (hence the name of the project). Fairy tales are priceless in teaching the youngsters about their heritage and can be used as a tool in developing the one’s national identity. The child can describe the typical values of Jewish culture, also of a spiritual nature, and recognize the heritage of its people, by getting acquainted with the content of a fairy tale. Fairy tales in our books are in the form of rhymed stories. The authors are Jewish writers who created in the interwar years, in Yiddish: Icchak Lejbusz Perec, Kadia Mołodowska, Lejb Kwitko, Ida Maze, Jehoszua Kamiński and Szmuel Cesler.
Project has been implemented since 2010.
Project financed by:
- Sygmunt Rolat
- Ministry of the Interior and Administration
- Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture
- The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
- Ministry of Administration and Digitization
- The Dutch Jewish Humanitarian Fund
- The Kronhill Pletka Foundation
- The Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation
- Hebrew fonts donated by MASTERFONT – www.masterfont.co.il
- Bologna Ragazzi Award in the NON-FICTION category.
Awards for Urszula Palusińska for illustrations to Majn Alef Bejs:
- silver medal in the European Design Awards competition,
- honorable mention at the ILUSTRARTE illustration biennale in Lisbon,
- the distinction in the Book of the Year competition of the Polish Section of IBBY.