cover image Seder in the Desert

Seder in the Desert

Jamie S. Korngold, photos by Jeff Finkelstein. Kar-Ben, $17.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7613-7501-2

This is essentially an extended travel brochure for the Adventure Rabbi Program, founded by author Korngold, which sponsors seders in the Utah desert. It’s told in the voice of a young participant, who works quite hard (one senses the grownup mind at work) to connect her fellow REI-equipped sojourners to their ancient ancestors: “The sun is hot and I get thirsty.... Now I understand how important water was for the Israelites.” But armchair travelers should enjoy taking in the photos of the magnificent red rock formations (one of the famous arches plays a recurring role in the story) and seeing how modern-day Jews come together for a day of hiking, dancing, prayer, and—of course—eating. Ages 3–8. (Feb.)