Teachers & Educators

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.

Get Organized With "The Teacher Planner"

Get—and stay—organized with a new planner designed especially for Jewish educators. 

Israel Matters - in China

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

Ringing in Success with Mitkadem: An Up-Close Look at Making Independent Hebrew Learning Work

It’s a midweek afternoon, and the bell is ringing at Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City. Everyone in the office and hallway stops to applaud the child who rang the bell. In this school, it sometimes happens 20 times a day. The bell sits on the desk of Connie Heymann, principal of Shaaray Tefila’s religious school, which has about 500 students. Whenever a student completes a unit of Mitkadem, the self-paced Hebrew program, he or she comes to Heymann’s office and rings the bell.

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.

Online Learning Center Wow

Imagine it's August: A family calls a school asking for help. Their son has no prior Hebrew education and yet is determined to have a bar mitzvah -  in just a few months.  That's the call Rabbi Rena Rifkin, director of the religious school at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City, received last summer. The boy wouldn't be starting school until September, and Rifkin knew there was a time crunch, so she offered the family another option to jumpstart his learning - the Online Learning Center.

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.

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?

Meet the Newest Releases from Behrman House!

A journal for Bar and Bat Mitzvah students to both plan and destress before the big day. A Hebrew workbook filled with quick games that strengthen Hebrew skills while encouraging movement and play. A supplementary program to help students search for the meaning in Hebrew prayers. What if you had the opportunity to look at these materials before committing to them for the entire school year? With the Golem and Golem Express plans, you can get an early look at all of our new releases.

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.

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