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Calendar of Events:

Upcoming in 2014:

Sunday, December 7
Book sale
Maven Marketplace
Beth El Synagogue
St. Louis Park, MN

I would love to add your school, bookstore, book group, etc. to my calendar of events. Click here to see the page for teachers and schools or email me at doriweinstein@hotmail.com.



PAST EVENTS:

2014:

School Visit
Cohen Hillel Academy
Marblehead, MA

School Visit
Emanuel Synagogue Religious School
West Hartford, CT

School Visit
Heritage Academy/Lander-Grinspoon Academy
Longmeadow, MA

School Visit and Book Fair
Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor and
JCC of Greater Ann Arbor Book Festival
Ann Arbor, MI

School Visit
Hillel Day School
Farmington Hills, MI

School Visit
Chicago Jewish Day School
Chicago, IL 

School Visit
Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago
Northbrook, IL 

School Visit
Congregation Beth Judea Religious School
Long Grove, IL

School Visit
Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School
St. Louis Park, MN

School Visit
Central Synagogue Religious School
New York, NY

School Visit
Scheck Hillel Community School
North Miami Beach, FL

School Visit
Jewish Academy of Orlando
Maitland, FL

School Visit
Congregation Beth Am Religious School
Longwood, FL

School Visit
Martin J. Gottlieb Day School
Jacksonville, FL

School Visit
Bernard and Alice Selevan Religious School
Jacksonville, FL

School Visit
Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy
West Palm Beach, FL


2013:

Presenter
Sampler of Jewish Culture 
Adath Jeshurun Synagogue
Minnetonka, MN

Book Fair
Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School
St. Louis Park, MN

School Visit
Kehillah Schechter Academy
Norwood, MA

School Visit
MetroWest Jewish Day School
Framingham, MA

SHAKING IN THE SHACK
OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH & CELEBRATION
Saint Louis Park Public Library
St. Louis Park, MN

Book Signing
Yussel's Place 
Merrick, NY

Meet the Author Event
Jewish Book NETWORK
New York, NY

School Visit
Kinneret Day School
Riverdale, NY

School Visit
Schechter School of Long Island
Jericho, NY

School Visit
Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School
Saint Louis Park, MN

Picnic Book Sale
Beth El Synagogue
Saint Louis Park, MN

Mother-Daughter Book Group
Private home
Minnetonka, MN

Presenter  
Jewish Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Seminar
Center for Jewish History
New York, NY

School Visit
East Midwood Hebrew Day School
Brooklyn, NY

​School Visit
Temple Israel Center Religious School
White Plains, NY

​School Visit and 
Chanukah Fair Book Sale and Signing
Golda Och Academy
West Orange, NJ

School Visit
Gerrard Berman Day School
Oakland, NJ

​School Visit
Rockland Jewish Academy
West Nyack, NY

​School Visit
Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley
Allentown, PA

​School Visit
Temple Sinai Religious School
Dresher, PA

School Visit
The Silver Academy
Harrisburg, PA

​School Visit
Gross Schechter Day School
Pepper Pike, OH

2012:

Guest speaker/panelist
Synaplex Shabbat Program: 
Passions in the City. 
Adath Jeshurun Synagogue
Minnetonka, MN

School Visit
Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan
New York, NY

School Visit
Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School
St. Louis Park, MN

Book Sale and Signing
Mount Zion Temple
Saint Paul, MN

2011:

Sliding Into the New Year 
hits the bookshelves!
EVERYWHERE! 

Meet the Author Event   
Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School 
St. Louis Park, MN

Purim Carnival
Beth El Synagogue
St. Louis Park, MN

School Visit
Annette Newman Day School, 
Talmud Torah of St. Paul 
St. Paul, MN

School Visit
George Kaplan Afternoon School,
Talmud Torah of St. Paul
St. Paul, MN

Book Fair
Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School 
St. Louis Park, MN

Book Fair
Talmud Torah of Minneapolis
St. Louis Park, MN

School Visit
Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School
Chicago, IL

School Visit
Chicago Jewish Day School
Chicago, IL

School Visit   
Skokie Solomon Schechter Day School
Skokie, IL

School Visit
Sager Solomon Schechter Day School
Northbrook, IL 

School Visit
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
Chicago, IL

School Visit
Milwaukee Jewish Day School
Milwaukee, WI

Book Reading and Signing Event
Brochin's Judaica Book and Gift Shop
St. Louis Park, MN

"J'outique" (Jewish Artists' Boutique)
Sabes JCC
St. Louis Park, MN

Aleph School Parent Meeting
B'nai Emet Synagogue
St. Louis Park, MN

Kabbalat Shabbat Author Visit
Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School
St. Louis Park, MN

School Visit
Solomon Schechter School of Westchester
White Plains, NY

School Visit
Kinneret Day School
Riverdale, NY

School Visit
Temple Beth Sholom Religious School
Roslyn Heights, NY

Book Signing
Yussel's Place 
59 Merrick Avenue
Merrick, NY

Meet the Author Event
Jewish Book NETWORK
New York, NY

School Visit
Solomon Schechter Day School 
of Bergen County
New Milford, NJ

Video Chat/Book Group
Golda Och Academy
West Orange, NJ

Grade 3 Visit
Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School
St. Louis Park, MN

Visitors' Day Book Sale
Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
Conover, WI

Picnic Book Sale
Beth El Synagogue 
St. Louis Park, MN

Picnic Book Sale
Adath Jeshurun Synagogue 
Minnetonka, MN

Mother-Daughter Book Group
Private Home
St. Louis Park, MN

School Visit
Mount Zion Religious School
St. Paul, MN

School Visit
Rockwern Academy
Cincinnati, OH

School Visit
Columbus Jewish Day School
Columbus, OH

School Visit
The Valley Temple
Cincinnati, OH

Apple Pickin' & Honey Dippin' Event
JCC of Louisville
Louisville, KY

School Visit
Talmud Torah of Minneapolis
St. Louis Park, MN

Children and Young Adult Book Festival
St. Paul JCC
St. Paul, MN

School Visit
Solomon Schechter Day School 
of Raritan Valley
East Brunswick, NJ

School Visit
Perelman Jewish Day School
Forman Center
Melrose Park, PA

School Visit
Perelman Jewish Day School
Stern Center
Wynnewood, PA

School Visit
Albert Einstein Academy
Wilmington, DE

School Visit
Gesher Jewish Day School
Fairfax, VA

School Visit
Donna Klein Jewish Academy
Boca Raton, FL

School Visit
Temple Torah Religious School
Boynton Beach, FL

Holiday Boutique
Donna Klein Jewish Academy
Boca Raton, FL

School Visit
Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy
West Palm Beach, FL

Kids' Book Fair
Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties
Ft. Myers, FL

School Visit
Hillel Academy of Tampa
Tampa, FL










Sliding Into the New Year 
Book 1 in the YaYa & YoYo series. 
(For ages 8 and up)


Thrill-loving fifth-grader Ellie Silver (YaYa) has been waiting all summer to visit the brand new indoor water park in town. She is super excited when her best friend, Megan, invites her to go-- that is until Ellie's twin brother, Joel (YoYo), points out that Megan is going on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Sure, Rosh Hashanah is a big deal, but so is Splash World!  What will Ellie do?

"Weinstein employs  YaYa's voice as the very believable and delightful narrator and carefully avoids didacticism as she introduces readers to some of the rituals and traditions of Judaism as they are practiced in a warm, loving family."
Kirkus Reviews

"YaYa & YoYo: Sliding Into the New Year is just the sort of wonderful and entertaining story I wish was around when my children were young."
Rabbi Irwin Kula
President, CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership)

"Finally, a Jewish book for young readers that is well-written, engaging, lots of fun and has important lessons to teach."
Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky
Executive Director, Jewish Outreach Institute

"A contemporary style and point of view that connect present-day pluralistic Judaism to the unbroken chain of Jewish beliefs and customs are at the story's heart."
Association of Jewish Libraries

"Parents...if you're not reading this WITH your kids, do yourself a favor and read it on your own! You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this beautiful story."
Amazon.com Customer Review

"Our Mom is the best author in the whole, wide world!"
Dori's kids (who are not biased at all!)
Weinstein Household
ong time for a series like this onHead of School, South Area Solomon Schechter Day Schor of We Can Make I

News About YaYa & YoYo!

YaYa & YoYo in the     
HUFFINGTON POST

YaYa & YoYo in the
TIMES OF ISRAEL

YaYa & YoYo in 
TC JEWFOLK

YaYa & YoYo featured in
RABBI JASON MILLER'S BLOG

YaYa & YoYo in the
 AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD NEWSPAPER (9/11/13)

SLIDING INTO THE NEW YEAR  was named a 2012 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards GOLD MEDAL winner

YaYa & YoYo in 
HADASSAH MAGAZINE

YaYa & YoYo in the 
AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD NEWSPAPER (3/16/11)



Order your copy of 
SHAKING IN THE SHACK

Autographed copies Available!





is also available on 
AMAZON
and at select independent book stores including: 

BORENSTEIN'S BOOKS AND JUDAICA
COBY'S JUDAICA CENTER
ELIJAH'S CUP BOOKS AND JUDAICA
FRANK'S HEBREW BOOK STORE
ISRAEL BOOK SHOP
ROSENBLUM'S WORLD OF JUDAICA
YUSSEL'S PLACE BOOKS AND JUDAICA



SLIDING INTO THE NEW YEAR 
is available at:

Yotzeret Publishing 

Amazon

Barnes & Noble


Shaking in the Shack
Book 2 in the YaYa & YoYo series. 
(For ages 8 and up)
Joel Silver (YoYo) loves to be a comedian and to play practical jokes. However, when he, his twin sister Ellie (YaYa) and the rest of their fifth-grade Hebrew school class find something surprising in the synagogue’s sukkah just before the holiday of Sukkot, it’s no laughing matter. Where did the mysterious four-legged visitor come from? What will become of it? Their unexpected adventure brings Joel and Ellie face to face with the importance of shelter and caring for those in need.

"This is a lighthearted romp for middle readers with some substantial messages subtly worked into the fun. Recommended for ages 8-12."

Jewish Book Council

"Presented seamlessly within the story, Weinstein includes lots of information about the customs of Sukkot. Practical joker Joel and more serious Ellie are believable, likeable characters. Fans of Sliding into the New Year and readers just making the acquaintance of the Silver family will enjoy this peek into one family's unusual Sukkot. Highly Recommended."

Association of Jewish Libraries

"Dori Weinstein does a beautiful job of teaching Jewish values, from respecting nature and animals, to caring for each other. Readers will enjoy the playful banter and antics of the close-knit and fun-loving Silver family, and will learn more about Judaism's rich history as we gather under the Sukkah together."
Gail Rosenblum 
Star Tribune columnist and author of A Hundred Lives Since Then: 
Essays on Motherhood, Marriage, Mortality and More.

"Another fun romp with YaYa and YoYo and the Silver family! Dori Weinstein portrays the holiday of Sukkot as a joyful celebration of family, friends and caring for others. Packed with positive messages, Shaking in the Shack is a great addition to Jewish middle-grade
literature."
Amy Ariel
Jewish educator and author of Friends Forever

"It is really exciting to have characters in a series that our Jewish young readers can identify with and learn from!"
Judy Miller, M.S.
Head of School, Columbus Jewish Day School


“More adventure. More learning. More fun. So glad to see Yaya and YoYo returning. Another young adult hit by Dori Weinstein. I cant wait to see what the kids will be doing for Hanukkah!”
Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky
Executive Director, Jewish Outreach Institute
Author of The Discovery Haggadah

"Another winner from Dori Weinstein! Like her first book, the story unfolds so naturally, you don't realize how much you're absorbing about Jewish culture and practice. Dori perfectly captures the tween voice with YaYa and YoYo."
Beth Grafman
Program Director, The Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Former Librarian, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester


"Embedded within this fun and entertaining book are important messages that kids and adults will appreciate. Weinstein weaves in the Jewish teachings of helping the poor, extending hospitality and even caring for animals. Kudos to Weinstein for writing a book that will inspire, teach and help kids react to the realities in the world around them."
Rabbi Harold Kravitz
Senior Rabbi, Adath Jeshurun Congregation
Board Chair of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger



Click here to read full REVIEWS
Click here to read the first chapter of 
Sliding Into the New Year