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Update - Emek Kosher Comics hit #1 Amazon Bestseller!

Press Release


DATE: 10/27/2015

CONTACT: Rae Shagalov, Phone:818-783-3663 ext. 1170


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Student at Sherman Oaks school, Emek Hebrew Academy Teichman Family Torah Center set to launch Jewish comic to bestseller status, just in time for Jewish Book Month.
 Southern California Yeshiva Students Launch the First Ever Kosher Comic for Jewish Kids by Jewish Kids. Not Only Did They Write It  Theyre In It!
Book launch for Emek Kosher Comics, plus a contest for Jewish schools & Jewish children around the world to collaborate on the next Kosher Comic in the series.


Sherman Oaks, California: 11/04/15

Emek Kosher Comics - The First Jewish Comic Book by children for all Jewish Children aims for bestseller status in Jewish Book Month.

At a time when many Jewish families are worried about their children having a connection to their Jewish identity and heritage, the students of Emek Hebrew Academy Teichman Family Torah Center are leaping to the rescue.

Launching in November, just in time for Jewish Book Month, Emek Kosher Comics book is packed with action, fun, and adventure. There's a bank robbery and a kidnapping. Will Super Rabbi be able to save the day with his Jewish superpowers? Who will win the Shabbat Angels' contest? And what is a mitzvah, anyway? Emek Kosher Comics is a fun way to learn about one’s Jewish superpowers and the power of mitzvahs.  The origin of the book was simple.  It came to the attention of Emek’s librarian, Rae Shagalov, a publisher in her own right at, and author of The Secret Art of Talking to God, that there were virtually no Jewish comics available for kids on Amazon, the largest online bookseller in the world, especially for Kindle. She saw this as a perfect opportunity to integrate Torah learning and Jewish values with 21st century education, project-based learning.

“Students at a Jewish school are very fortunate, but we know that not every Jewish child is lucky enough to get to learn about Judaism, Torah and mitzvahs,” says Shagalov. She challenged Emek students in grades 1st-8th to create a Jewish comic book that ALL Jewish Children would enjoy, even if they didn't know much about being Jewish or Judaism. Shagalov’s students in her innovative, library-based Extra Challenge program got to work. They researched and wrote stories, created props and sets, and acted out the stories in vignettes that they photographed. The students used two apps to bring the stories to life, including Toon Camera, which turns ordinary photos into comic-like pictures and Comic Life, which they used to format the comics. Last spring, Emek raised $7,230 in a 200% funded crowdfunding campaign to buy Ipads and props for the Kosher Comic. The comic will most likely appeal to children ages 5-10.

Emek’s students are asking readers to buy their comic for Kindle on Amazon and to write a review to help them reach #1 bestseller status. It’s on sale for only $1.99 during the month of November. Even if you don’t own a Kindle, you can download the Kindle app onto your phone, PC, or tablet. A softcover version of the comic book is available for under $10, making it a great gift for Hanukkah, birthdays and bar/bat mitzvahs.

Emek students are also challenging students, both boys and girls, at other Jewish schools around the world to enter their comics, stories, and ideas for the next edition of Emek Kosher Comics. “We want to help Jewish kids find their roots and what it means to be Jewish,” says Hadassah Zucker, author of one of the stories in the book, The Shabbat Angels’ Contest, “It was fun making the comic. Maybe other kids will want to do it, too.”

Emek students are superheroes in their own right, as they work to solve world problems. Emek’s Extra Challenge program in social entrepreneurship is based on a 14 word curriculum, “Create something that’s needed for someone who needs it that helps solve a problem.”  This formula teaches the students to recognize a problem, research solutions for a specific audience, and create products and services to help solve the problem and fill the gap. Now, they’re learning about marketing as they launch their comic with the goal of attaining #1 bestseller status on Amazon with 50 positive reviews.   

To order Emek Kosher Comics and leave a review on Amazon, go to: or for more information about the book, the contest, and Emek’s innovative Extra Challenge program in social entrepreneurship, contact Rae Shagalov at or call 323-447-4937.  


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