The Christmas Menorahs:
How a Town Fought Hate

By Janice Cohn, D.S.W

Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co.



It’s Hanukkah, and menorahs glow in the windows of the Schnitzer home in Billings, Montana.  Then suddenly, a rock crashes through the window of Isaac Schnitzer’s bedroom.  “But, why?” Isaac wants to know.  “Because we are Jews,” his father tells him.

Christmas lights shine in the Hanley home, where Isaac’s friend Teresa and her family decide to do something brave so that the Schnitzers can celebrate their holiday without fear.

Janice Cohn’s powerful narrative tells how two children, two families, and a community resolve to stand together against bigotry and acts of hatred.  Her story is based on real events that happened in Billings in 1993.

Bill Farnsworth’s beautiful oil paintings illuminate the message of the power of goodness.

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 New! Theatrical Production:

The Town That Fought Hate, based on the book The Christmas Menorahs: How A Town Fought Hate, has been produced by the Catskill Puppet Theatre - an internationally honored theater group that has been enchanting young and old with their delightful musical productions, full sets, colorful scenery and large, beautiful puppets.  The play is currently touring nationally. 
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