Please join us in wishing a fond farewell to Aviva Werner. After more than three years at Behrman House and ten years with Babaganewz, Aviva is transitioning into freelance writing and editing. In addition to her Babaganewz responsibilities, Aviva also authored Experience Modern Israel, a
We’re delighted to announce that the Behrman House Online Learning Center (OLC) is certified by the kidSAFE® Seal Program. The kidSAFE® Seal Program is an independent certification service and seal program that reviews and certifies the safety practices of children-friendly websites and applications, including kid-targeted game sites, virtual worlds, social networks, PC and mobile apps, web-connected devices, and other similar online and interactive products.
Happy Hanukkah from Behrman House
Please join us in welcoming Ann Koffsky, author and illustrator with over 30 books in publication, who has joined Behrman House as Editor.
A brand new Funbook for Kol Yisrael will be available in January, 2014. We've developed a new resource for those schools using Kol Yisrael. Twenty chapters in one lively 80-page activity book will enrich the learning in Kol Yisrael 1, 2, and 3 and Kol Yisrael Complete. Give out the Funbook when students first start their Kol Yisrael studies and over the course of their three years of prayer study they will:
We're delighted to announce that Dena Neusner will assume the post of Executive Editor at Behrman House, effective January 1, 2014, to lead our Creative Team and manage our publishing program.
Technology is a terrific tool for those who seek innovation that helps students and teachers engage together in meaningful learning. Terry Kaye shares five secrets of success for integrating technology into your education program, culled from her work with educators all around North America.
Behrman House was on the road last week, touring Israel with ISRAEL21c. We spent time in the Old City, met people who help sick kids by 'clowning around', visited a company that is making robots to help people in all kinds of new ways, and had dinner inTel Aviv restaurant that trains at risk kids for professional jobs in the food service field.
Rabbi Mark H. Levine was Executive Editor at Behrman House for three years before becoming Education Director at Congregation Beth El, Bethesda, MD this past July. So, when Mark let us know that he has adopted the Online Learning Center in his school, we were intrigued: how does it feel to be an integral part of the creation of the OLC and an OLC user?
Don't have time to visit Israel right now? Join us virtually as we team up with ISRAEL21c to see the country today. We're learning how an Israeli company is helping reduce teen deaths in car accidents, discovering how hospitable Jerusalem is to migrating birds, what Israeli's eat for breakfast, and even where to find wifi connections, as well as great hummus, in the Old City.
Enrich your students’ exploration of Israel with articles and videos developed by professional journalists. Behrman House has teamed up with ISRAEL21c to adapt selected ISRAEL21c content for use in Jewish religious schools as a series of downloadable lesson plans for grades 4-7 focusing on modern Israel. Nine installments, a total of 45 indiviudal lessons, of the ISRAEL21c Teacher's Edition are now available in the Behrman House Resource Libraries.
The Berhman House booth in Centennial Square was the perfect gathering spot for JEA members at the USCJ Centennial to meet up before heading out for an educator dinner in Baltimore this week. The gathering included, from left: Rabbi Marim Charry, Jason Cathcart, Teri Rube Hochberg, Steve Kerbel, Robin Hoffman, Eddie Edelstein.
New Israel studies options use multimedia learning tools to bring students closer to Israel today, fostering connections to the people and culture of Israel. Israel travel is one of the best ways for students to develop authentic relationships with Israel today. Yet how many of our students will actually be able to visit Israel this year? Chances are, very few.
The school year is well underway. After the rush and tumble of Tishre, we and our students have perhaps settled into Heshvan, beginning the longest stretch in the Jewish calendar without a holiday. We can enjoy what Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, in her book Tapestry of Jewish Time, called the blessings of routine:
The Price of Good Values by Joy Getnick, PhD Jewish Program Director JCC of Greater Rochester (Rochester, NY) Camp Seneca Lake (Penn Yan, NY) Like so many other Jewish educators, I struggle to find creative and interactive ways for my “students” – campers at a JCC transdenomination
The weeks leading up to the combined holiday offer a unique opportunity to meld our Jewish traditions with our American heritage and develop rich themes with our students around values including thankfulness, tzedakah, courage, tolerance, and religious freedom.
Coming for Passover 2014 Keep kids focused on the seder "One morning when Pharaoh awoke in bed, there were frogs in the bed and frogs on his head . . ." Frogs in the Bed, My Passover Seder Activity Book by Ann D. Koffsky, based on the song by Shirley Cohen Steinberg
Rabbi David Wolpe's reflections from his 'Off The Pulpit' column are available in the Resource Libraries. As we move into the heart of the school year, read and be inspired by his thoughts on learning by focusing on questions rather than answers. Reading for Questions We go to the internet for information. The range of reference at our fingertips is astonishing. We have too many places to get answers. But one reads, wrote Franz Kafka, to ask questions. Where can a reader go for good questions?
Rabbi David Wolpe's reflections from his 'Off The Pulpit' column are available in the Resource Libraries. Read and be inspired by his thoughts on Sukkot as we end the holiday. Acts of Love