Families

New From Apples & Honey Press: Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor

Just in time for Hanukkah, author Ann D. Koffsky has released a new book — Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor: A Story for Hanukkah.

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. 

Feed a Full Sukkah with Harvest-Inspired Recipes

Whether you’re hosting or visiting a loved one’s sukkah, you’re no doubt thinking of a menu to prepare. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite autumn recipes, available for free download. Simple to prepare, these ingredients have you covered for every course and are sure to please even the pickiest eater in your sukkah.

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.

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.

How One College Is Using Shalom Coloring These High Holidays

During finals week last year at the University of Rochester, Hillel gave coloring pages to its students to help them relax. The experiment resonated, and this year, Hillel is taking it up a notch.

Meet David Adler, Author of Yom Kippur Shortstop

Award-winning author David Adler has written more than 250 book in his 40+ year writing career, including Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles. His latest story is Yom Kippur Shortstop, newly published by Apples & Honey Press. 

Show Us How YOU are Jewish

Is your Jewish family represented in published photos you see? We know that no two Jewish children and families look alike. Books and learning materials become far more powerful when they reflect the people who use those materials. We aim to publish materials that reflect the diversity and breadth of the Jewish community. But it’s often hard to find such images, at least ones we have the right to publish— and that’s why we’re coming to you.

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.  

New Apples & Honey Press Books Chosen for PJ Library

Four books from Apples & Honey Press are being sent to children all over North America through the PJ Library program.

Enjoy This Persian Cucumber Yogurt Salad Just in Time for Summer

If you're in need of a refreshing summer side dish, look no further. Mast o Khiar, or Persian Cucumber Yogurt Salad, is an ideal dish for summer picnics and barbecues. With a light and cooling yogurt base and the addition of rose for a subtle floral flavor, this dish is sure to be a favorite. Even better, this recipe comes from Tina Wasserman's Entrée to Judaism for Families: Jewish Cooking & Kitchen Conversations with Children, meaning that the entire family can lend a hand.

The God Gap: What It is and How to Bridge It

Have you ever experienced a disconnect between your childhood beliefs about God and the realities of life? Perhaps it comes after facing a tragic illness or death, or witnessing suffering, which clouds your faith and leads you to either give up on God and Judaism or to continue believing despite pain. 

How Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s Life of Reinvention is Retold in a Graphic Novel Called Roller-Coaster Grandma

“Embrace change—use your imagination to reinvent yourself.” This was the message Dr. Ruth Westheimer delivered at the 2017 conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries. She described her life of reinvention, beginning with her escape from Nazi-occupied Germany on a Kindertransport to a children’s home in Switzerland, and continuing with sniper training with the Haganah (“I could put five bullets in the center of the target, and take apart a gun and put it back together again in the dark with my eyes closed!).

How to Make a Book: Redesigning a Cover

We tell children not to judge books by their covers. But when it comes to actual books, first impressions are crucial. In this first in an occasional series, Behrman House Art Director Ann D. Koffsky shares some insight into cover design, focusing on older books that have gained new life with a new  cover. What makes a good cover?

Packing for Camp? Rainy Day Essentials You Don't Want to Forget

Summer's arrived, and that means it's camp season. As you finish your packing and planning, remember to include some activities to use with your campers on rainy days or downtime. We also ship to camps. Playing Cards Games are more than just fun. They provide informal, hands-on learning opportunities that also build positive memories. Yes, they're learning. And yes, it's fun.

Oy Vey! A Yiddish Coloring Book? Meet Author Meish Goldish

Meish Goldish - yes, that's his real name - has written more than 400 children's books, most of them short paperbacks for emerging and developing readers.

Sweet and Savory Recipes for Shavuot

Shavuot is approaching and the discussion of cheesecake has begun. If you're looking for something a little different to add to your table this year, look no further. We've pulled some recipes from our available cookbooks for you to share with your families or keep to yourselves! Click the images below to download the recipes.

Inside Intermarriage: Why One Partner Chose to Maintain a Christian Identity

Inside Intermarriage is Jim Keen’s personal journey as the Christian partner in an interfaith marriage. From deciding to have a Jewish wedding, to raising his children Jewish, to learning about a new culture while maintaining his own religious identity, Keen candidly explores the challenges and opportunities and offers comfort and strategies to couples starting down a similar road. The following is excerpted from Chapter 20 of the revised edition of Inside Intermarriage, due out later this year:

Israel Matters - in China

Israel Matters, the well-received resource for teens and adults, has been translated into Chinese.

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