Educators

Free Resource to Explore What Judaism Says About Presidential Elections

What qualities should voters should look for in our leaders? That's the question you can help teens explore through a Jewish lens as the general election fast approaches.

Simchat Torah Time: Show Students How It's Made

With Simchat Torah just around the corner, we've put together a free educator's guide for using How It's Made: Torah Scroll - the vibrant new resource that enhances the learning of the holiest object in Judaism.

Third Hebrew in Harmony Cohort Begins November 15

By popular demand, we have opened up a third cohort of teacher training for Hebrew in Harmony, the groundbreaking new music-based curriculum for 4th-6th graders that offers an engaging and musical Hebrew experience for your students.

The Changing Landscape of Jewish Education: An Interview with the Covenant Foundation

The newest issue of The Covenant Foundation magazine - Sight Line - focuses entirely on Jewish supplementary schools, and features an interview with David Behrman, Behrman House publisher, and Vicki Weber, director of communications and customer support. Here's an excerpt from the piece, "A View From the Stacks: Behrman House Reflects on the Changing Landscape of Jewish Education." 

New Sam Glaser Album Celebrates 25 Years of Music

Musician Sam Glaser has traveled the world in concert many times over, performing the music from his two dozen albums to audiences of all denominations, equally comfortable playing a solo at the grand piano, leading his 8-piece band, or backed by a full orchestra. After 25 years in the Jewish music business, we think it’s fitting that he chose to celebrate the anniversary with music.

Preview the Newest Materials in Jewish Education with Golem Express

When you join Golem Express, you automatically receive a review copy of all our new educational materials as soon as they are published. We will releasing some exciting new titles in 2017 that you really won't want to miss, including a brand new family haggadah, seven new prayer modules for our groundbreaking Hebrew in Harmony curriculum, a guide chock full of creative ideas for Jewish educators by Batsheva Frankel, some fun new Jewish-themed coloring books, and a new resource to making t’fillah more meaningful for children.

Stephen Covey and Yom Kippur: A Text Study for the Busy Jewish Professional

The High Holidays are traditionally times of reflection. We are called upon to take time to consider the year just ending and the one to come. Of course, those of us in the “business” of Judaism—educators, clergy, teachers, staff—may find ourselves asking, “And with all I have going on right now, when exactly is that reflection supposed to happen?” This time of year can feel so hectic for us that this particular moment may not feel at all like a good time to reflect.

Big Idea for Jewish Learning #3 - Living Our Values

As you plan your curriculum, we have created a Big Ideas Guide that identifies three areas that encompass the key values and purpose of part-time Jewish education programs. The Big Ideas in this small downloadable guide help you think through the enduring understandings you want your learners to grapple with as they form connections with Judaism, as well as point to specific Behrman House texts and materials that support the learning and help you guide students.

New Help to Keep Parents Informed

Back to school just got a little bit easier.  We've created customizable sample letters that you can share with parents to keep them informed about the Online Learning Center, and the exciting new digital materials for Hebrew in Harmony and Shalom Hebrew their children may be using this school year. 

Big Idea for Jewish Learning #2 - Belonging to a Spiritual Community of Practice

As you plan your curriculum, we have created a Big Ideas Guide that identifies three areas that encompass the key values and purpose of part-time Jewish education programs. The Big Ideas in this small downloadable guide help you think through the enduring understandings you want your learners to grapple with as they form connections with Judaism, as well as point to specific Behrman House texts and materials that support the learning and help you guide students.

How Yoga Connects Teachers to Judaism

Yoga has long been known for its powerful effect on calming the mind and relaxing the body. Educators in particular, who in many corners are struggling with stress and burnout, can reap its benefits both personally and professionally. 

Small Groups as a Way to Reimagine Congregational Life

Imagine small groups of people coming together regularly to learn and connect around topics of shared interests or life stages. Some pioneering synagogues are doing just that, drawing on the notion of chavurot - typically small groups of friends who gather to learn or worship together - to transform their congregations into destinations for meaning and relationships.

Big Idea for Jewish Learning #1 - Deep Connection to Our Sacred Texts

As you plan your curriculum, we have created a Big Ideas Guide that identifies three areas that encompass the key values and purpose of part-time Jewish education programs. The Big Ideas in this small downloadable guide help you think through the enduring understandings you want your learners to grapple with as they form connections with Judaism, as well as point to specific Behrman House texts and materials that support the learning and help you guide students.

Break Through the Hebrew Reading Summer Slide

As students head back to school, help them break through the Hebrew reading summer slide with a variety of tools for students of all ages and levels.

The Gateways Shabbat Family Companion: Q&A with Author Rebecca Redner

Coming October 1, The Gateways Shabbat Family Companion invites families with children of all ages and abilities to experience the joy of Friday night Shabbat celebrations. A companion to the bestselling Gateways Haggadah, The Gateways Shabbat Family Companion features many of the same elements, such as vibrant photographs and prayers illustrated with picture communication symbols developed by Mayer-Johnson™, the leading creator of symbol-adapted special education materials.

Second Hebrew in Harmony Cohort Begins Sept. 1

It's not too late to join the second cohort of teachers training to use Hebrew in Harmony, the groundbreaking new music-based curriculum for 4th-6th graders to ensure an engaging and musical Hebrew experience for your students.

Lessons from Camp

Camp has a good rep. So good that congregational educators are often heard wondering, “How can my school be more like camp?” Is there a way to deconstruct camp, examine its elements, and use those to inform congregational educational models?

Marlene Myerson

Specialty:  Curriculum Consultation and Teacher Training Marlene Myerson, M.Ed, R.J.E, has been active in the field of Jewish Education for more than twenty-five years.  She has served as Director Education at Temple Emanu-El in Toronto, as a URJ Regional Educator for Canada and as Education Specialist and Curriculum Consultant for the URJ. Marlene is one of the authors of the CHAI Curriculum.  She is also a Past President of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE).

Joan Carr

Specialty:  Curriculum Consultation and Teacher Training Joan Carr, RJE, has been active in the field of Jewish education for over thirty-five years. She has taught Hebrew to children and adults, and served first as Director of Education at Congregation Sha’aray Shalom, Hingham, MA, and then as a regional educator, education specialist, and curriculum consultant for the URJ.

Generosity of Spirit: The Performers at NewCAJE

If you were to ask me about what stood out at the NewCAJE conference, I’d say the incredible generosity of the musicians and performers. Generosity—and humility. As far as I could tell, they:

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Experience Modern Israel

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Discover Israel

Let's Discover Israel

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