On Lily’s first visit to Shalom House, she clings closely to her mom, overwhelmed by all the new faces. Mrs. Seidel compliments Lily’s new shoes and Dr. Berman, who used to be a dentist, asks Lily for a smile, but Lily is too shy to respond. In time, Lily joins the activities, makes new friends, and celebrates a birthday to remember.

by Deborah Lakritz
illustrated by Martha Avilés

Joey loves to collect things! When he decides to keep the giant box from the new dishwasher, he comes up with a very special use for it – and performs a mitzvah!

by Deborah Lakritz
illustrated by Mike Byrne

The Mitzvah Behind the Story