Spring 2024

Space Torah

Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman's Cosmic Mitzvah

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

As a child, Jeff’s head was often in the clouds.

As an astronaut, he journeyed far beyond them. On his final mission, Jeff brought a miniature Torah into orbit for an out-of-this-world Shabbat celebration!

In Space Torah, a picture book biography of astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman, young readers learn of Jeff’s path to becoming an astronaut and see the many ways in which he connected his love of Judaism and his love of outer space. From bringing his Bar Mitzvah prayer book on one mission to spinning a dreidel in mid-air on another, Jeff shows young readers the joy of being Jewish . . . in space!

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2024
Publisher Intergalactic Afikoman
Imprint Intergalactic Afikoman
Language English
Number of Pages 36
Publication Date 2024-03-05
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007090, JNF049110, JNF051010
Dimensions 10 x 8
Features Author/Illustrator note, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Rachelle Burk

Rachelle Burk writes fiction and nonfiction books for children. She also entertains kids as Mother Goof Storyteller and Tickles the Clown. Rachelle is a retired social worker who enjoys traveling and making mosaic art. Visit rachelleburk.com.

Illustrator: Craig Orback

Craig Orback is a freelance children's book illustrator living in the Northwest and received his B.F.A. in illustration from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in 1998. He has illustrated Nature's Paintbox, The Can Man, Keeping The Promise: A Torah's Journey, and other award-winning children's books. He teaches children's book illustration and oil painting at several local colleges. In his free time he enjoys painting landscapes and sharing his books with kids during school and library visits.



“A beautiful and meaningful juxtaposition of ancient Jewish tradition with modern space exploration.”—starred, Booklist