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Rebecca hopes the DINOTSAURUS series helps bring Yiddish to more children and families around the world and remind its readers that everyone has tsores (problems).
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Meet the Author
Rebecca Keren is a New York City based theatre and teaching professional. As a proud graduate of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD, Rebecca has been teaching Hebrew and Judaic Studies since she was 13 years old; she has been affiliated with many synagogues and has helped hundreds of students become Bar and Bat Mitzvah over the years.
While she was completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene - gave Rebecca a scholarship to learn Yiddish so that she could perform with the company. As she was already fluent in Hebrew, she took to Yiddish quickly. Rebecca has performed all around the northeast US, including Lincoln Center and Off-Broadway, performing in English and Yiddish. She was mentored by the acclaimed composer/director/writer Elizabeth Swados (z"l), and they collaborated on a multitude of theatre, musical, educational and literary works.
Rebecca also works in Broadway producing with Richard Frankel Productions and Feinstein's/54 Below.
DINOTSAURUS introduces Yiddish words to children as they and their parents read about a lovable dinosaur who has everyday problems. Some of the tsores is specific to being Jewish and others are common to all children, no matter the background. As the Yiddish Language becomes less prevalent in the 21st century, this series will instill a love and interest in the language within the next generation.
Dinotsaurus is also a fun and colorful story that reinforces Jewish values in a non-religious way. Everyone from Hassidim, Rabbis, children, parents and Yiddish professors have consulted on the books' content.
You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the colorful and playful picturebook.