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  1. Fond Farewells and New Beginnings: A Peek Inside Our Chanukat Habayit

    We celebrated the move into our new home with a meaningful Chanukat Habayit ceremony and wished a beloved colleague luck in her new endeavors.
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  2. Engage Adults Through Ongoing Small Groups

    Engage Adults Through Ongoing Small Groups
    Ongoing small group learning can transform your congregation into a destination for meaning and relationships.
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  3. Making T'filah Meaningful for Your Students

    As educator Batsheva Frankel writes in her forthcoming book, The Jewish Educator's Companion (Behrman House, June 2017)one of the most challenging topics to teach is t'filah.

    "It isn't really about the mechanics of prayer - teaching the words or tunes. That's the easy part. More difficult is helping students find meaning in the prayers. How do students relate to the ancient language and imagery of the siddur? If they don't understand

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  4. Hanukkah Gifts for Young Readers

    In need of gifts for the holidays for the young reader in your life? We've rounded up our Hanukkah-themed children's books from Behrman House and Apples & Honey Press. Behrman House is also now carrying favorite children's titles from URJ Press, also available for purchase. Click the book cover below for more details.

    Contact us here to discuss quantity discounts for an event with your congregation.

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  5. Spirit in Nature Author Deborah Newbrun Awarded 2018 Covenant Award

    Spirit in Nature Author Deborah Newbrun Awarded 2018 Covenant Award
    The Covenant Award is among the highest honors in the field of Jewish education.
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  6. Plan Fall Lessons Now with Tips from the Jewish Educator's Companion

    Plan Fall Lessons Now with Tips from the Jewish Educator's Companion
    Before you head off to summer vacation, do some planning now to make the Fall transition smoother.
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  7. Customize Your Curriculum with Unique Elective Classes

    Customize Your Curriculum with Unique Elective Classes
    Help your students embrace all aspects of Judaism with these specialty class ideas.
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  8. The Graphic Designer Behind Dr. Ruth's New Graphic Novel: Q & A with Illustrator Mark Simmons

    The Graphic Designer Behind Dr. Ruth's New Graphic Novel: Q & A with Illustrator Mark Simmons

    Roller Coaster Grandma: The Amazing Story of Dr. Ruth, a new book from Apples & Honey Press, uses the graphic novel format to tell the dramatic true story of Dr. Ruth Westheimer's grit, resilience, and strength for ages 8-12. Roller Coaster Grandma recounts her escape from the Nazis at age 10 aboard a Kindertransport, to training as a sniper with the Hagganah in Israel, through her immigration to the U.S. where she started as a maid, became a college professor, and eventually a television star. Using a trip to an amusement park with her grandchildren as its framework, the story subtly demonstrates lessons that readers can apply to their own lives.

    The book was co-written by Dr. Ruth's long-time collaborator Pierre Lehu, and illustrated by graphic artist Mark Simmons. 

    Mark Simmons describes the process of illustrating Dr. Ruth's life story.

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  9. Using Color to Show Emotion: An Illustrator Q&A

    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. Written by Karen Rostoker-Gruber, the story begins with Maddie watching Giggles the mitzvah clown entertain seniors and moves to Maddie donning a red nose, choosing a costume and learning to make balloon animals so she can do the same.

    Illustrator Christine Grove describes the creative process of bringing Maddie to li
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  10. Welcome Students Back to School with Icebreakers from The Jewish Educator's Companion

    Welcome Students Back to School with Icebreakers from The Jewish Educator's Companion
    Successful education starts with relationships - among students, and between children and teachers. These sample icebreakers can help get you started.
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