Teachers & Educators

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.

Our Annual Certificate Sale Begins April 19th

Get ready to save with our annual certificate sale!  Purchase 50 or more Behrman House certificates and save 40% on your purchase*. Whether you're mixing and matching or stocking up on an individual certificate, the sale applies to you. If purchasing online, use code CERT17 at checkout to receive your discount. The following certificates qualify for our sale:

Yom Ha'atzma'ut Planning with Israel-Themed Resources

Israel celebrates its 69th birthday on May 2. We've rounded up some sample lesson and activity ideas to help you mark the occasion. 

More Hebrew in Harmony Digital Prayer Companions Coming April 1

Coming April 1: the digital companions to five new prayers from the Hebrew in Harmony series. The new available prayers are: *Avot V’imahot*Birchot Shalom*G’vurot*K’dushah* V’ahavta The five additional digital prayers will offer you the choice of either the Reform or Conservative variation.

California School Adopts Hebrew in Harmony - Giving Its Education Committee A Voice

Five years ago, Shir Hama'alot in Irvine, California, experimented with its Hebrew program by creating small, chavura-style learning groups. Intended as a way to build community, similar to the school's format for Judaica learning, the Hebrew program simply didn't work out as planned. 

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.

Rethinking Prayer: Moving From Words to Meaning

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."

Classroom Resources for Passover Learning

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.

Hebrew in Harmony Helps Students Find Meaning in Mah Nishtanah

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.

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.

Get Everyone Involved with Your Own Purim Play

It's easy to feel overwhelmed around the holidays but not to worry - we've done some of the work for you. 

Keep Hebrew Skills Sharp in Ten Minutes

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. 

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

Hebrew in Harmony Spring Webinars

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

Hebrew in Harmony How-To: Accessing the Digital Component

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. 

Joan Carr Receives Distinguished Educator Award

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

New Hebrew in Harmony Prayers Released

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

The Jewish Home is Now Available

Explore Jewish observance in the newly released edition of the classic book The Jewish Home, by Rabbi Daniel B. Syme, with all new images and updated content.

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