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Majses – publishing project

The essence of the Project is series of publications – educational books for kids that will allow them to acquire knowledge not only about the rich cultural heritage and Jewish traditions, but also about universal values. Books published by the Jewish Association Czulent are provided free of charge to Jewish children in Poland.

There were four books published so far:

A Majse – funny counting rhymes regarding Jewish traditions;
Majn Alef Bejs – rhymes about Yiddish alphabet;
Jontew Lider – poems about the most important Jewish holidays;
Jidiszer Zoo – poems about animals.

Thanks to Jewish Communities, JDC Poland, Jewish Schools, associations and Jewish foundations working in the broad field of education, books are being given to the kids of Jewish background in Poland for free. Since 2010 when the first books was published, series is successfully used in workshops and educational programs conducted in local Jewish communities.

When we first begin discussing the project, we were wondering how to present Jewish history, traditions and religion to the children in a way that would be not only understandable, but also fun and interesting. That is why we made a decision that the best and the most gentle educational form is a fairy tale – a majse in Yiddish that is also how the project got the name. 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. Children who aquaint the contents of the tales about values typical for Jewish culture; also those about spiritual character get to know the heritage of its own nation. Stories put in our publications are presented in form of rhymes. Authors are Jewish writers from the mid-war time that created their works in Yiddish : Icchak Lejbusz Perec, Kadia Mołodowska, Lejb Kwitko, Ida Maze, Jehoszua Kamiński and Szmuel Cesler.

project 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

Awards:

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,
distinction in the Book of the Year competition of the Polish Section of IBBY.