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I Have a Jewish Name

Published Date: February 1, 2020

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Dena Ackerman
7 X 10 inches


I Have a Jewish Name is a colorful, joyful celebration of every child’s beautiful Jewish name! Within the artwork and the inside covers, over 170 different names are featured, and there’s a bookplate with a space for a child to write his or her own.


Some names are long; some are short.  Some are in Hebrew; others in Yiddish.  Some children are named for Jewish heroes and heroines of long ago, while others are named for beloved grandparents, great Jewish leaders and scholars, or important positive traits.


“Is your name in the Torah,

A famous name of old?

Does your name have a story

That you like to be told?”


This sweet picture book explains how every Jewish name is inspired by the parents’ ruach hakodesh, is given at an aliyah to the Torah or at a bris, and is connected to the deepest part of a person… the neshama. With eye-catching illustrations and lovely rhymes, I Have a Jewish Name will encourage young children to learn more about the meaning and importance of their Jewish names.





I Have a Jewish Name

By Rochel Vorst illustrated by Dena Ackerman

ISBN: 978-1-945560-21-7 / LCCN: 2019940446

Hardcover / Laminated pages / Ages 2-5 / List Price $10.95

Publication Date; February 2020

Author Information

About the Author:


Rochel Groner Vorst was raised in Charlotte, NC, where from a very young age she assisted her parents in their work of imparting a love of Judaism to others. Rochel attended the Yeshiva High School in Pittsburgh where she won a citywide Holocaust poetry contest. She then went on to study in The Lubavitch Teacher’s Seminary of UK, and began her career as a kindergarten teacher in the Charlotte Jewish Day School. Rochel temporarily lives in the Crown Heights community of Brooklyn with her husband Menachem, waiting to fulfill their life-long dream of moving to a community to help strengthen Judaism.

Illustrator Information

About the Artist:


Dena Ackerman grew up in Los Angeles, where she was drawing pictures and devouring books from a young age. Dena has illustrated numerous picture books and chapter books, works as a fine artist, and teaches drawing and painting in Ramat Beit Shemesh, where she currently lives.

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