Zondervan also publishes the NIV (New International Version) Bible that is 
widely used throughout American Christian churches (many times 
non-denominational churches), and a good deal of content by modern evangelical 
ministers.

Whether you choose to include them in your library is your choice, but I would 
look at each book on an individual basis.

Best,
Ashley Day
Temple Sinai Atlanta
Interim Librarian
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Atlanta, GA 30327
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From: Hasafran 
[mailto:hasafran-bounces+asalmenson=templesinaiatlanta....@lists.osu.edu] On 
Behalf Of Henry Hollander
Sent: Thursday, August 03, 2017 12:51 AM
To: Michael Kahn <mkahn...@gmail.com>; hasaf...@lists.service.ohio-state.edu
Subject: Re: [ha-Safran] Christian content in bible stories

Without addressing the issue of children’s books by Christian publishers for 
use in Jewish libraries I offer a simple answer to the simple question below:

No, there are not enough children’s books from Jewish sources. And certainly 
there are not enough good ones (and very few great ones). The many members of 
AJL who have worked on the Sydney Taylor Book Awards have made valiant efforts 
to remedy that situation, but I think they would agree that the need is still 
great. The low quality of many of the books distributed by PJ library is 
testament to what a struggle it is to serve this need (may they go from 
strength to strength).

All the best,
Henry Hollander

From: Michael Kahn<mailto:mkahn...@gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 7:30 PM
To: Lisa Silverman<mailto:lisa.silver...@aju.edu>
Cc: 
hasaf...@lists.service.ohio-state.edu<mailto:hasaf...@lists.service.ohio-state.edu>
Subject: Re: [ha-Safran] Christian content in bible stories

Aren't there enough books by Jewish authors?
MIchael Kahn

On Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 6:44 PM, Lisa Silverman 
<lisa.silver...@aju.edu<mailto:lisa.silver...@aju.edu>> wrote:
Rachel,
Sinai Temple owns the David, Noah, Daniel, and Moses titles in the “I Can Read” 
series of Bible stories by Dennis Jones, and when I was there we considered 
them ok for a conservative synagogue. I would guess that certain ones by 
Zondervan are also ok, because the Sperber Library owns one by him called 
“Jonah and the Big Fish”. They have very few words to a page and are for just 
beginning readers, and the pictures are quite colorful. However, there are many 
authors in the series, and they repeat subjects, so you have to see each one.

Most of these books have a preview available to click on through Amazon to get 
a general view, although of course you can’t see the whole thing. The one I do 
know not to recommend would be on the subjects of  creation, Adam and Eve, and 
often stories of King David. I think they fill a void though, and kids like 
them.

Lisa

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From: Hasafran 
[mailto:hasafran-bounces+lisa.silverman<mailto:hasafran-bounces%2Blisa.silverman>=aju....@lists.osu.edu<mailto:aju....@lists.osu.edu>]
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Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 1:36 PM
To: 
hasaf...@lists.service.ohio-state.edu<mailto:hasaf...@lists.service.ohio-state.edu>
Subject: [ha-Safran] Christian content in bible stories

Dear Hasafranim,

Does anyone know if books by Dennis Jones, such as Noah and God's Great 
Promise: Biblical Values (I Can Read!) or by Zondervan have obvious Christian 
content that would make them objectionable in a Conservative synagogue library?

Thanks,

Rachel Haus
Library Director
Congregation of Moses Fisher Library
Kalamazoo MI

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