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  1. Effective Hebrew Learning: The Oral-Decoding Connection

    Plain and simple: Students benefit when they learn to decode in tandem with hearing the language. 

    Oral language and decoding go hand-in-hand, reinforcing each other, according to Dina Maiben, director of the Hebrew program at Gratz College. Such an approach increases proficiency, decreases frustration, and helps students build on what they know and progress at a smooth pace. 

    Hear more from Maiben herself, as part of our video series about effective Hebrew learning strategies.

    How can you incorporate oral Hebrew into your program?  


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  2. New Release: Getting Good at Getting Older

    New Release: Getting Good at Getting Older
    From the creator of the groundbreaking The Jewish Catalog comes a new Jewish resource for a new age.
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  3. Effective Hebrew Learning: Advice from Dina Maiben, Hebrew Maven

    Effective Hebrew Learning:  Advice from Dina Maiben, Hebrew Maven
    What do learners need for effective language learning?
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  4. Growth through Discomfort: This Week's Conversation Starter from Values and Ethics

    Growth through Discomfort: This Week's Conversation Starter from Values and Ethics
    Pair stories from the weekly parashot to Jewish values and ethics you can incorporate into everyday life.
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  5. Hebrew Wordshops: Alef-Bet Soup

    Written by Dr. Jeremy Benstein, "Hebrew Wordshops - A New Way to Connect to Hebrew" explores the potency of the three-letter roots that enrich our connection to Hebrew and Jewish values. 

    If the alef bet is any indication, Greek and Hebrew share a lot. The first letters of the Greek alphabet are α, β, γ, δ—alpha, beta, gamma, delta. And Hebrew? א ,בּ ,ג ,ד—alef, bet, gimmel, dalet.

    The same ancient Semitic system, Phoenician in origin, of which Hebrew is one example, gave rise not only to Greek but also Arabic, Latin, and Cyrillic alphabets.  

    Yet Greek and Hebrew are very different languages, and are even written in opposite directions. As Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai once wrote, one goes west to east, while the other goes east to west.

    In Hebrew, the names of most of the letters actually mean something. They are words, not just sounds. The consonants comprising the

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  6. Simple Reflection Activities to Deepen Learner's Connections to Yom Kippur

    Simple Reflection Activities to Deepen Learner's Connections to Yom Kippur
    From our vast trove of learning materials, we rounded up some simple resources for you to to inspire learners to look inward as they start this new year.
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  7. Seeing the New School Year with Rosh Hashanah Lenses

    Seeing the New School Year with Rosh Hashanah Lenses
    What wonderful lessons can you learn about starting a new year of teaching from the Rosh Hashanah symbols?
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  8. Sharing the Sound of the Shofar

    Sharing the Sound of the Shofar
    How one young man bring the sound of shofar to others.
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  9. 5 Quick Rosh Hashanah Activities

    Rosh Hashanah Interview

    Educator Batsheva Frankel devotes an entire chapter of her essential Jewish Educator’s Companion to experiential education for formal educational settings. Here’s one idea for an experience, based on the idea that Rosh Hashanah is like a year-end review between an employee and the boss.  Have students prepare for their reviews, filling out a self-reflection form (create a template) about their strengths and weaknesses, areas in which they’d like to improve, and accomplishments from the past year.  Children can dress up nicely—to impress their employer—adding to the drama. They meet with one of the boss’s assistants (a great way to incorporate older students or teens) to review the form and together make a concrete plan of

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  10. Join Seltzertopia Author Barry Joseph on September 22 in New Jersey

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