Families

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

Unique Hamantashen Recipes to Celebrate Differences

Every family has a different favorite hamantashen recipe, as well as age-old stories to go along with them. Because hamantashen are such versatile cookies – different doughs, fillings, and methods for preparing them – they can represent a part of Purim that celebrates our individuality and unique points of view. Try one (or all!) of the hamantashen recipes from our library this year and see which one you like best.

Meet Hebrew in Harmony Musician Josh Breitzer

Hebrew in Harmony—the new prayer curriculum for 4th-6th graders—features music from today's top Jewish musicians. This is part of a series profiling some of these talented artists.

Revised Edition of Ten-Minute Hebrew Reader Coming Soon

Keep Hebrew skills sharp all year long with the newly revised edition of the Ten-Minute Hebrew Reader, which will be available April 5th.

Reviews are In for Upcoming Passover Books

Two of our upcoming Passover releases, How It's Made: Matzah and The Passover Cowboy, have been read and warmly received by the reviewers at Kirkus Reviews. Considering these books for use in your classroom or home? Read on to see what the reviewers at Kirkus Reviews had to say.

Joan Carr Receives Distinguished Educator Award

  Congratulations to Joan Carr, Behrman House curriculum specialist, winner of the Distinguished Educator Award from the ARJE!

New Direct Access to Hebrew in Harmony Music

Rooted in music, Hebrew in Harmony encourages students to create meaning from prayer. Each of the prayers in the program features music from today's top Jewish musicians - along with arts, movement, mindfulness, videos, and a full digitial learning experience.  The music forms an ESSENTIAL element of Hebrew in Harmony, and you can now enjoy direct access to the music - free for a limited time. Stream the music right from the web or download it to your ipod or ipad.

What Moses Can Teach Us About Setting Goals

What can Moses teach us about New Year's resolutions? Our annual good intentions so often fall apart before they ever really begin, and perhaps that's because our self-created barriers of "can't" and "won't" get in the way. 

Behrman House Launches Web and OLC Redesign

Behrman House recently kicked off the first phase of a design overhaul to the website and Online Learning Center. The redesign process, which will take many months, will help us create a simple, fresh, and engaging digital portal where you can share, learn, and play. We'll be making things simpler and clearer for educators, teachers, students, parents, and families to find and use all our great content from any device, any time.

Free Hanukkah Resources for Students, Educators, and Families

Instructional Guides How do you light the candles? What is the “helper” candle called? How do you play dreidel? To introduce the holiday to young children or families, Celebrating Hanukkah from the For the Family series provides the perfect entry. This 4-page laminated folder includes the story of Hanukkah, explanation of why and how the holiday is celebrated,  instructions for how dreidel is played, and all the blessings – in Hebrew, transliteration, and English. Click the images below for some sample lessons.

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