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Judah Touro Press

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Here's what people are saying about Judah!

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The easy-flowing narrative tells how this son of a rabbi in a Sephardic immigrant family adhered to the Jewish tradition of giving inconspicuously, to causes both local and all over the world, hoping to avoid recognition for his good deeds. Some of these were paying for the freedom of enslaved African Americans, a few of whom are included in one illustration alongside the pale-skinned Judah. The author's notes provide some added information about the benefactor's family and his legacy. A candid introduction to a little-known figure in Jewish American history.

― Kirkus Reviews (Journal)

Ades effectively weaves elements of history—the War of 1812, the migration of immigrants and the issues associated with a growing 19th-century American city, the New Orleans Jewish community, and slavery prior to the Civil War—into the concise story. Without diaries or an abundance of historical records, Ades uses her creative skills to capture the essence of a man who chose to donate his abundant wealth to Jewish and secular institutions in New Orleans and other places around the world.

― Sandra Bornstein,

Judah Touro Didn’t Want to be Famous, written by Audrey Ades and illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger, is a story about Judah Touro, a real-life, Jewish businessman who lived during the 18th and 19th centuries. Over the course of his life, Touro, who became successful after moving to New Orleans, made many anonymous donations to help others. His story is one of unfettered generosity, and Ades’ text and Mildenberger’s illustrations capture his persona and desire to help his fellow man.


― Adam Samuel, Journalist, Jewish Link NJ, Teaneck, NJ

What I love about this biography picture book is that it’s both educational and inspiring. The warm, full-page illustrations enhance the story with emotion and detail. Children will love reading this story over and over, and they will enjoy getting to know Judah Touring, a man who loved God, gave generously to help others, and didn’t want to be famous. I give this book 5 smiles!


― Crystal Bowman, Christian Children

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