Educators

The Value of Seeing Ourselves in Pictures

Behrman House Art Director and Editor Ann D. Koffsky recently wrote a blog in the Times of Israel about how images communicate ideas and why pictures matter. 

How to Use the Music in Hebrew in Harmony

Music is the core of Hebrew in Harmony. It’s what caught the eye of educators at Temple Chai Religious School in Phoenix. “The music will reach students in their hearts,” says Ariela Ben-Dor, co-principal of the school. “It touches kids on a more emotional level than the cut and dry of teaching the mechanics of prayer.”

Motivation and Reinforcement Strategies to Get the Most from the Online Learning Center

With students back and classes getting underway, now is the right time to set your expectations for student participation in the Online Learning Center, however you choose to use it. Reinforcing those expectations often are key to a successful, engaged year. Set Expectations For Hebrew especially, ongoing regular practice is a large part of a successful Hebrew learning experience. When you set clear expectations early on in the school year, you give students and parents guidelines and an idea of how the curriculum will work.

Five Steps to Using the Online Learning Center with Confidence

Whether you’re new to the Online Learning Center or a seasoned user, sitting down to set up your virtual synagogue for the new school year doesn’t have to be intimidating. We’ve gathered some helpful tips and tricks so you can master the Online Learning Center and guide your students with success.  

How to Get Help with the Online Learning Center

At Behrman House, we understand that everyone comes from a different background, with different levels of familiarity with technology. We understand that new things can take time to learn and that it’s often helpful to have someone’s advice. That’s why we offer several options if you need tech help to get your learners off to a good start. Online Tutorials

Teaching the Jewish Thanksgiving

Sukkot - also known as Festival of Thanksgiving - inspired the Pilgrims. How are you teaching Sukkot this year? We've tapped into our materials and rounded up a few ideas for you to enhance student learning this new year.

How to Use "How It's Made: Torah Scroll" With Your Students

How It's Made: Torah Scroll, the first in the How It's Made series, is a vibrant resource that enhances the learning of the holiest object in Judaism. In this Apples & Honey Press book, students can explore how a Torah scroll comes into being through more than 100 full-color photographs and interviews that give a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at scribes, artists, and craftspeople in their workshops in Israel and the United States. 

Meet Rachel Packer, Author of Sky-High Sukkah

In Sky-High Sukkah, illustrated by Deborah Zemke, two friends find a way to have a sukkah in the big city. Author Rachel Packer talks about writing and the inspiration behind the beautiful picture book about friendship and community, published by Apples & Honey Press.

Rosh Hashanah Resources to Enhance Student Learning

How are you teaching Rosh Hashanah this year? We've tapped into our rich materials and rounded up a few new ideas for you to enhance student learning this new year.

Five Fall Holiday Stories from Apples & Honey Press Highlight Values of Tikkun Olam, Community, Teamwork, and Torah for Children

Apples & Honey Press, Behrman House’s children’s book imprint, has five books just right for the fall holiday season. Created with 3- to 8-year-olds in mind, each one uses a compelling story to bring an important Jewish value into focus. And to help you use them in your setting, we have created a teacher resource for each book that includes a summary of the key elements of the story, a look at the values illuminated, and some questions, ideas, and discussion starters for using the story with young learners.

Resources to Supplement Your Yom Kippur Teaching

Yom Kippur marks a period of introspection and reflection - both personally and professionally. As we head into the season, now is a good time to review your strategies for teaching this holiday.From our vast trove of learning materials, we rounded up some resources for you to inspire your student learning this new year.

Webinar: For Teachers - Back to School with Hebrew in Harmony

Teaching Hebrew in Harmony this year? Please join us for a 40-minute webinar on Thursday, September 7, at 1:00 PM Eastern, in which we'll learn how the three Hebrew in Harmony components work together — student journal, digital companion, and Curriculum Core.

Reflecting the Changing Face of the Jewish Community

Community thrives on diversity. The Jewish community includes diversity of all kinds -- geography, opinion, religious practice, ability, family makeup, race, and more. All of these differences make the community stronger, more exciting, and more creative.  

Hebrew Resources to Refresh Reading and Decoding Skills

Help your students refresh their Hebrew skills after the summer slide. Build in a few minutes and some encouragement to get your students reading quickly and confidently as they begin a new year of learning. Try these resources for effective, quick learning. Students will make progress and see the fun in Hebrew learning.

Enhance Hebrew Study with "Shuffle It in Hebrew"

Take a break from traditional Hebrew study and try an informal way to build skills in letter recognition, decoding, word comprehension, and categorization.

Gauge Language Skills with the Hebrew Reading Assessment

Whether your students are returning for another year or they’re new to the program, the Hebrew Reading Assessment can help you understand your students’ skills - at every level. Use these black-line masters to assess accuracy and fluency in decoding, whether it’s  the end of a unit of study, the end of a term, or the beginning and end of each year. With every assessment, you will understand where each student is struggling and will be better informed on where the focus should be.

New Year, New Learning: Tools for Teaching Hebrew to Adults

Fall isn't just about new beginnings for children. Adults in many communities are interested in learning to read Hebrew to engage more deeply in Jewish religious life - whether via prayers or readings at a synagogue or the blessings and rituals of home observance. Just as children learn in different, there are different ways of approaching beginner Hebrew for adults. JoHanna Potts, a rabbi and educator who has taught Hebrew to adults for more than 30 years in the Washington D.C. area, shares some observations about teaching this type of student.

Welcome Students Back to School with Icebreakers from The Jewish Educator's Companion

Think about a time when you stepped into a classroom or event or any room full of unfamiliar faces. Daunting, right? Using creativity, practical tools, and a little prep work, you can help your students and staff break the ice and begin building relationships quickly and successfully.

Teach Outside the Box with Behrman House Materials

Encourage some playful interaction as well as quiet, mindful reflection with our Behrman House playing cards and student journals. Whether you're looking to teach Hebrew or Jewish values, these materials will get students moving, laughing, and thinking about their lessons in new and memorable ways. Also available for educators is a new pedagogical resource from Batsheva Frankel. Scroll down to learn more about The Jewish Educator's Companion: Practical Tools & Inspirational Ideas.

Teach Israel

Experience Modern Israel

New from Behrman House. Fly to Israel without a plane ticket.

Discover Israel

Let's Discover Israel

Offer younger children an exciting and age-appropriate introduction to the Jewish homeland