A Hindu Elf? A Muslim Gnome? Finally, a Holiday Book for Every Religion with Hershel the Jewish Reindeer

Top Quote A multicultural holiday tale from Dr. Jeff Geller shows that everyone can work together for a good cause. End Quote
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  • (1888PressRelease) December 19, 2016 - WESTFORD, Mass. - Reindeer have a very important job: bringing Santa all around the world so he can deliver his toys. Unfortunately, this means that Christian reindeer would not be able to celebrate Christmas with their own families.

    That is where Hershel fits in. As a Jewish reindeer, he does not mind working on Christmas so his Christian friends can stay home for the day. Joining him are a cornucopia of characters from all different backgrounds: a Muslim gnome, a Hindu elf, atheists, Buddhists and even the Tooth Fairy.

    "This book isn't saying that one religion is better than another," said the author, Dr. Jeff Geller. "It is saying that people help each other because it is the right thing to do."

    Hershel the Jewish Reindeer was inspired by the author's own circumstances. "It's hard being away from your family for the holidays," Geller explained. "I celebrated Chanukah and Christmas with my kids. As a doctor, I sometimes had to work Christmas so that my Christian coworkers didn't have to."

    Earning a place on the shelf next to books like Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf, this book has the heart and life lessons to be a holiday classic.

    "Teachers have been including Hershel the Jewish Reindeer in their classrooms because it teaches that all religions can get along," Geller said. In the back of the book, there is even an educational glossary and a seek-and-find that shows children some of the core symbols of popular religions.

    Hershel the Jewish Reindeer can be purchased through SDP Publishing and at all major bookstores, including online retailers Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Learn more at

    About the Author: Jeff Geller, MD, is a family doctor who has been in practice for over 20 years. He specializes in working with group medical visits. During these visits, he sees many people at the same time and helps them support one another so they'll feel less lonely. In fact, helping different people get along is at the core of what he does. His family has always celebrated both Christmas and Chanukah, and as their children grew, Jeff and his wife had to explain the complicated religious rituals of both families. Storytelling became his favorite way to answer their endless questions.

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