Teachers & Educators
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.
An 8th grade student recently recounted to his teacher how he didn't feel a connection to prayer, even as he "put forth positive energy" to the practice. The student said he was searching for a way to bypass "the blockade between the heart and God."
Passover offers so many opportunities for learning - about Jewish history, the importance of home and holiday observance, and the value of repetition. Here are some resources you can use with students to explore many aspects of the holiday.
There's more to the Four Questions than listening to the youngest child sing at the seder. Hebrew in Harmony - our new prayer curriculum for students in grades 4-6 - explores the values and message underlying this Passover tradition, all while teaching the words and melody.
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.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed around the holidays but not to worry - we've done some of the work for you.
Before diving into prayer work with your students, where the Hebrew can be challenging, try some warm-ups. Not necessarily jumping jacks, but exercises for their simple Hebrew muscles. At Rye Community Synagogue in New York, Rick Abrams, director of Jewish family life, is a big fan of using the Ten-Minute Hebrew Reader with older students to refresh their reading skills.
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
Register now for our three spring webinars to help you best use Hebrew in Harmony. 1. Basic Introduction to Hebrew in Harmony For educators considering the Hebrew in Harmony program Thursday, February 23, 20171:00-1:40 pm ESTPresenter: Terry Kaye
The next generation of Hebrew learning has arrived -- the music-based Hebrew in Harmony program that invites students to learn to sing and pray in Hebrew, as well as read, explore, and interpret prayer text. Each individual prayer module comes with its own videos, downloadable music, Hebrew reading and recording options, games, and more, to give students a fun way to practice and deepen their learning.
Congratulations to Joan Carr, Behrman House curriculum specialist, winner of the Distinguished Educator Award from the ARJE!
Seven new prayers are now available as part of the Hebrew in Harmony series. This next phase of the groundbreaking music-based program for 4th-6th graders includes new student and teacher materials - both print and digital - with dozens of inspirational activities to help students engage with the words and meaning of prayers. Choose from individual prayer modules and teach them in any order. Each prayer contains three essential elements that all work together to create a rich learning experience for students: 1. A 16-page student journal
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.
“Justice, justice shall you pursue,” the Torah insists. This notion of social justice and pursuing fairness is a central tenet of Judaism, rooted in both text and halacha. How can you teach this to your students? Here are some ideas to incorporate social justice into your classes or courses:
Seven new prayers will be available January 16 as part of the groundbreaking Hebrew in Harmony prayer series. This multimedia prayer curriculum engages 4th-6th graders in joyful learning through arts, movement, mindfulness, and more – all rooted in music.
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 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.
Behrman House staff makes a practice of getting out of the office regularlyy, all the better to meet our eudcator colleagues and gain a deeper understanding of the present and the future of Jewish education. 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 coupleofmenths, and waht we've been up to this past fall. Are we giong to be in your area? Let us know--we'd love to see you while we're there!