Families

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.

Take Students on a Tour of Jerusalem

The newest holiday on the Hebrew calendar - Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) - is on May 24 and offers an opportunity to honor this ancient city. This year marks 50 years that the city has been under Israeli sovereignty, and schools throughout Israel devote an entire week to learning about the history and geography of Jerusalem.

Celebrate Lag Ba'omer with Your Students

Lag Ba'omer often arrives after the end of the school year, too late to experience the fun and connect with Israel. This year, however, the holiday falls on May 14, so you can introduce this "Picnic Holiday" to your students. Lag Ba’omer, a break during the 49 days of mourning between Passover and Shavuot, dates back to the time of the ancient Romans. Its precise purpose is debated, but the main reasons are the ending of a plague that afflicted the students of famed Rabbi Akiva and the rebellion led by Bar Kochba again Roman oppression.

Meet Maddie the Mitzvah Clown!

From the mind of Karen Rostoker-Gruber (The Family (and Frog!) Haggadah, Farmer Kobi's Hanukkah Match) and with illustrations by Christine Grove comes a new story from Apples & Honey Press. 

Behrman House on the Road: Spring 2017

Behrman House may be located in Springfield, New Jersey, but as often as possible, our staff hits the road to meet and communicate with educators all over the country. The future of Jewish education is shaped every day by educators like you so why not learn from the experts? We attend conferences, run workshops, speak to groups, visit educators, and seek opportunities to learn about trends and issues that affect our customers and our work. Here’s where we're off to in the next couple of months, and what we've been up to this past season. Are we going to be in your area?

Picture Books to Introduce Israel

Do you need an introduction to Yom Ha'atzma'ut with your young students? Look no further than our Apples & Honey Press picture books. Each book or series presents a different side of Israel that will both entertain and teach young learners who are not yet familiar with the Jewish connection to Israel.

One Shabbat at a Time: Building Jewish Connections and Community for Families with Special Learning Needs

It was a lovely sight: More than 100 people of all ages and abilities, gathered together to welcome Shabbat.

Make This Journal! My Bar/Bat Mitzvah Year Available for Pre-Order

Fans of Wreck This Journal and Tear Up This Book! will love Make This Journal!

Passover Books as Afikomen Gifts

If you're looking for something special to tuck away for your yearly afikomen gift, why not consider a Passover-themed Apples & Honey book? Suitable for children around ages 3-8, these books will make for a quiet activity to both entertain and teach. If you're looking for something for someone a little older, we've also got coloring books ideal for the artist in your family. Choose one or choose them all!

Choose a Haggadah That Works for You

Choosing a haggadah, especially if this is your first time hosting a seder, can be a daunting task. We know how much there is to plan so allow us to make the hunt for the perfect haggadah a little simpler. What you're searching for can depend on who's coming to your seder: Will it be intergenerational? Are you expecting non-readers at your seder table? What if you just want a traditional experience this year?  For those hosting a seder for the very first time:

A Purim Lesson: Courage in the Face of Anti-Semitism

Abby Mudd walked nervously to the front of the class, her heart beating so fast and loud that it felt as if the other students could hear it pounding in her chest. The Massachusetts tenth-grader feared speaking out, but after seven months of enduring antisemitic slurs, she knew she couldn't stay silent. Abby took a deep breath. "I never understood how difficult it could be to be a minority until I came to school here," Abby said, addressing a group of 11th and 12th graders.

Using Color to Show Emotion: An Illustrator Q&A

Maddie the Mitzvah Clown, a new story from Apples & Honey Press, uses cheerful illustrations that evolve from black and white to full, exuberant color.    Maddie discovers her confidence when she decides to become a mitzvah clown to bring smiles to the faces of Grandma and her friends.

Move From Oy to Joy: Parenting through Listening

Let’s face it: the day-to-day realities of parenting can be messy. Fortunately, Jewish tradition offers timeless wisdom, values, and guidance to help parents of all faiths and backgrounds. In The Joys & Oys of Parenting: Insight and Wisdom from the Jewish Tradition, learn about the concept of shalom bayit (a peaceful home) and thoughtful ideas, advice, and inspiration for raising children into confident, kind, responsible adults.

How to Choose A Haggadah for Your Seder

The calendar may still say winter, but don't let Passover sneak up on you. Whether you're hosting seder for the first time or you’ve lost count, the key to a perfect holiday lies in the planning. The first seder is April 10, and it's not too early to start thinking about which haggadah to use this year. Start by considering your guest list. Who’s coming dictates what kind of haggadah to use. If you have guests with special needs or who are non-readers

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