Teachers & Educators

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.

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.

Give Teachers the Gift of Mindful Planning

There’s no better way to start a new school year than in a place of mindfulness. Educators can get organized from the get go with our newly released teacher planner, to plan, keep track of the holidays, record student attendance, and begin from a place of harmony.

Get Cooking and Welcome Teachers for the New Year

It’s never too early to show your teachers that you appreciate their hard work.

Professional Development Using The Jewish Educator's Companion

The work of Jewish educators is indeed challenging, and the rewards, of course, are limitless.

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.

How to Get the Most from Our Catalog

You need quality materials for yourself, your students, and your families. Use our annual catalog to find what's right for you from among our 1,296 titles. Here are some tips to getting the most from catalog:

Starting a New Job? 3 Things to Do Right Now

Settling into a new job can feel overwhelming and exciting at the same time. Spend five minutes now to ensure things run smoother later.  1. Check that we have your new address. We can best help you if we have your current contact information. That means your new mailing and email addresses. Having updated contact information allows us to help you quickly when you call to place an order, and to send you our catalog and announcements about new materials. 

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.

Appreciating Miracles Through Prayer: How "Making T'filah Meaningful" Explores Mi Chamocha

Teaching t'filah (prayer) can be one of the most challenging arenas in Jewish education. There's the Hebrew itself, the melodies, the when, where, and how of praying. Finding ways to address the underlying questions - Why do we pray? What do we mean with these words? - can lead to valuable learning as students become both fluent in the prayers and personally connected to their meaning.  Making T'filah Meaningful, a new series of supplemental materials, digs into those underlying questions to understand prayer in a new way. 

How Teachers in Israel Navigate Controversial Discussion in the Classroom

  Paige Goldner interned at Behrman House in 2016 and recently completed post-college study in Israel.

Extensive Research Leads One New Jersey School to Hebrew in Harmony

When educators at Congregation M'kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, decided to change the school's Hebrew program, the first thing they did was to get organized.  "We think we teach the right thing at the right time but wanted to shake things up a bit," says Education Director Merle Steinberg. "We spent three months doing the research and work to make sure we knew all of our options." 

Materials Roundup: Judaica and Hebrew

Interested in a specific curriculum or set of materials? Want to learn more about them? Use this handy guide to read product descriptions and see sample pages. You can also scroll below to see how to contact us for further assistance.  

7 Tips to Ensure Quick, Accurate Orders

As you plan for the upcoming school year, we suggest a few simples steps to ensure easy, accurate ordering. 1) Know your customer ID

Planning Your Curriculum? Start Here.

We understand that planning a curriculum, whether for a single grade or for an entire school, can feel overwhelming. That's why we offer a variety of resources to help you navigate the process.

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Experience Modern Israel

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Let's Discover Israel

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