‘Shanghai Sukkah’ Another Holiday Offering

Published September 24, 2015, issue of September 24, 2015.

Local author/Jewish educator Heidi Smith Hyde also adds to the list of notable books for Sukkot with the publication of “Shanghai Sukkah,” illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong (Kar-Ben, ages 5-9). Smith Hyde, author of “Feivel’s Flying Horses,” and “Emanuel and the Hanukkah Rescue” and director of education at Temple Sinai in Brookline, brings little-known Jewish history to life in her historical fictional tales.  “Shanghai Sukkah” tells the story of a young boy who flees Nazi Germany with his family, among those rescued by Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who helped thousands of Jews escape Nazi Germany by obtaining visas to travel through Japan and eventually settle in Shanghai. A memorial honoring Sugihara was created at Temple Emeth in Chestnut Hill.

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