Community Event: Leslea Newman

Welcoming Elijah – A Passover Tale with a Tail & Gittel’s Journey – An Ellis Island Story presented by the Jewish Community Alliance (JCA) of Southern Maine.

A special family Zoom program with author Leslea Newman

Sunday, March 7th at 4:00 PM EST

Advanced registration required by Friday 3/5 at 12 noon at

Free. Suggested donations of $10/household gratefully accepted.

The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants on Friday afternoon 3/5.


Join celebrated author Leslea Newman for a reading and discussion of her two recent books: Wel­com­ing Eli­jah: A Passover Tale with a Tail and Gittel’s Journey – An Ellis Island Story.

Welcoming Elijah unites a young boy and a stray kitten in a warm, lyrical story about Passover, family, and friendship.

Inside, a boy and his family sit around the dinner table to embrace the many traditions of their Passover Seder around the dinner table. Outside, a cat wonders, hungry and alone. When it’s time for the symbolic Passover custom of opening the family’s front door for the prophet Elijah, both the boy and the cat are in for a remarkable surprise.


 In Gittel’s Journey, Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. Her mother writes her cousin’s address in New York on a piece of paper. However, when Gittel arrives at Ellis Island, she discovers the ink has run and the address is illegible! How will she find her family? Both a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story, Gittel’s Journey offers a fresh perspective on the immigration journey to Ellis Island. The book includes an author’s note explaining how Gittel’s story is based on the journey to America taken by Lesléa Newman’s grandmother and family friend.


The JCA is a member of the Jewish Book Council network.

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Sunday, March 7, 2021 - 4:00pm
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Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail By Leslea Newman, Susan Gal (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Leslea Newman, Susan Gal (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580898829
Availability: Backordered
Published: Charlesbridge - January 28th, 2020

Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story By Lesléa Newman, Amy June Bates Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419727474
Availability: Backordered
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - February 5th, 2019