The Babka Sisters

Illustrated by Tika and Tata Bobokhidze
Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing (2023)

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Lesléa smiles while holding a plate of babka
Could my smile be any bigger?

Esther (with her cat, Lester) lives next door to Hester (with her dog, Chester). Each shvester (Yiddish for sister) thinks she makes the best babka in the world. When Sylvester moves in across the street, he becomes their Shabbat babka tester! Whose babka is truly the best? You’ll have to read the book to find out. Includes a yummy babka recipe!

Lesléa takes a bite of babka
The first babka bite!

Why I wrote this book:

Why not? Who doesn’t love babka? I simply can’t resist a thick slice of homemade babka, whether it be chocolate or cinnamon. Several years ago, I was lucky enough to be chosen for the Author Israel Adventure, sponsored by the PJ Library. Along with other creators of Jewish children’s books, I spent two weeks in Israel, touring the country, learning its rich history, singing, dancing and doing a lot of eating! After the trip, I had a lot to digest—figuratively and literally—and that’s how this book was born.


Esther and Hester were sisters who lived next door to each other and adored each other.
“You’re a doll,” called Esther to Hester.
“You’re a peach,” called Hester to Esther.
And that’s the way it was….

“Hester, do you see what I see?” asked Esther, pointing across the street.
“Yes,” said Hester. “Someone has moved into the little blue house across the street.”

“I’m going to bring them a babka for Shabbat,” said Esther to Hester. “After all, I bake the best babka in the world.”
“I’m going to bring them a babka for Shabbat,” said Hester to Esther. “After all, I bake the best babka in the world.”

And the great babka bake-off was on!