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  1. Go Beyond Apple Activities to Get to Rosh Hashanah's Big Ideas

    We've got a sample of a lesson from Make, Create, Celebrate about Rosh Hashanah and its key theme of reflection.
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  2. How to Use Storybooks These High Holidays

    Children love listening to stories. Whether they’re family stories told around the table, or books read aloud before bedtime or in a group with peers, stories are powerful ways of communication for young people.

    Ann Koffsky, an editor at Apples & Honey Press, points out that “our Jewish tradition is full of stories. It starts with the Torah and continues with the Aggadah and Midrashim in the Talmud.” Storytelling is also part of our more modern tradition with the Haggadah on Passover and the stories of Chassidic masters, like the Baal Shem Tov and Rebbe Nachman.

    In The Secret of Happy Families, author Bruce Feiler describes research findings that “knowing stories of their family and the history of their family is best single predictor of children’s emotional health and happiness.” When we tell our children the traditional stories that have been handed down to us from generation to generation, we are not just transmitting a code of behavior

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  3. 3 Rosh Hashanah Resources You Can Use Right Now


    How are you teaching Rosh Hashanah this year?

    We've tapped into our rich materials and rounded up a few new ideas for you to enhance student learning this new year.

    Put On a Play

    Few learning experiences are more meaningful than those students create for themselves. Help students recount the story of Isaac's birth, traditionally read on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, through a skit. Bring the characters, events, and ideas of the story to life with the script, from Sedra Sc

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  4. Apples & Honey Press Title Earns a Kirkus Starred Review

    Apples & Honey Press Title Earns a Kirkus Starred Review

    If you are a teacher of young children or have children in your own life, get ready for October, when our children’s book imprint, Apples & Honey Press, releases five new titles.

    One of them has just earned a prestigious starred review from Kirkus Reviews. Regina Persisted: An Untold Story by Sandy Sasso tells the true story of Regina Jonas, the first female rabbi. Though she faced opposition every step of the way, Regina did not stop until she accomplished her goals of becoming a religious leader within her temple.

    Read the starred review from Kirkus below:

    Regina Jonas was determined to become a rabbi, but she faced nearly insurmountable opposition.

    While other girls played house, she played rabbi

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  5. Have Limited Class Time? We've Got Great Tips for You

    Finding enough time for Hebrew learning is often a challenge. Here are some tips for using Hebrew in Harmony when you've got limited time.
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  6. Improv Games to Focus Your Students

    Improv Games to Focus Your Students
    Improv games are a captivating way to focus students’ energy and attention, and bring students to the present moment. Here are some ideas to try with your students as you begin the new year.
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  7. How to Use Hebrew in Harmony App with Small Groups

    When Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle adopted Hebrew in Harmony last year, educators wanted to ensure that the students had access to the rich content of the app in class. With more students than ipads, the school turned to small groups as a strategy.

    Stacey Delcau, director of education at the school, invested in headphones and splitters so two students could be on an iPad at the same time.

    Teachers in grades four and five devised small-group stations for students to rotate through during their lessons. While a teacher worked on reading with a small group, students at other stations worked on assignments in the Hebrew in Harmony journals, or related art projects, while other students practiced their Hebrew reading or watched the videos explaining the meaning of a prayer on the iPad.

    “We’ve had success with stations and small groups using this curriculum,” says Delcau. “It gives teachers one more tool at their disposal

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  8. Hebrew in Harmony Curriculum Core Now Available in Kindle Edition

    Hebrew in Harmony Curriculum Core Now Available in Kindle Edition
    Lesson planning just became simpler.
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  9. Forge Connections to Prayer Through Music and Movement

    Forge Connections to Prayer Through Music and Movement

    We all respond to music in powerful ways. For students learning Hebrew prayer, music allows them to make a spiritual connection with the message and theme of prayers. 

    Watch how one fifth grade class in New Jersey connects with music related to the Yotzer Or prayer. 

     

     


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  10. Will You Be at NewCAJE9?

    Will You Be at NewCAJE9?

    Are you coming to the NewCAJE conference at University of Hartford CT, July 29?  

    We’d love to see you. Let us know if you’d like to schedule an appointment. Please include your name, school, city, role/title, and what you'd like to discuss.

    We’d be happy to:  

    1. — Show you what’s new from Behrman House, including Make, Create, Celebrate and
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