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  1. Ten Minutes of Real Fun with Real Hebrew: Whose Name Is It?

    The more often students are exposed to Hebrew and practice using it, the stronger their language skills will be. Here's a simple, quick activity you can use today!

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  2. Will We See You at Biennial?

    Will We See You at Biennial?

    Behrman House and Apples & Honey Press are coming to Chicago for the URJ Biennial  Dec 11-13. Come visit us at Booth 608. 

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  3. Effective Hebrew Learning: The Power of a Simple Text

    Decoding is the first step in learning to read. Then what?

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  4. Teaching Israel: It’s Complicated!

    Not easy does not mean impossible. Here are four strategies for effective Israel education.

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  5. The Rigorous Foundation of Hebrew in Harmony

    Beneath the surface prayer program is a rigorous pedagogic structure that has been carefully crafted to home in on specific concepts, skills, and content.

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  6. Effective Hebrew Learning: Is There a Right Age to Teach Decoding?

    Learning a second language is simply not the same as learning a first language, according to Dina Maiben, director of the Hebrew program at Gratz College.

    That’s true for reading as well as learning to speak. Understanding how sounds are combined into words and words into sentences is something that develops over time in early childhood, but once a learner has reached school age, it is likely fully developed. And once mastered, it can easily be applied to a new language. By the time students are in 3rd grade, they are more than ready developmentally to apply what they understand about phonics to a second language. "For second-language learning, it doesn’t take many years for children to build the oral/aural foundations of a language that are necessary for understanding how print maps onto the sounds of the language, as it would for first language learning," Maiben says.

    Hear more from Maiben in our video series abo

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  7. This Week's 10 Minutes of Real Fun with Real Hebrew: Circles of Shalom

    Energize your classes this week with a quick, useful activity to learn to say a simple Hebrew greeting

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  8. Goblins and Golems and Angels, Oh My

    Candy and costumes are fun for children this time of year, and you too can tap into this energy as an opportunity to learn about Jewish mysticism and folklore. 

    Judaism has a rich history of mysticism and folklore. Think golems, dybbuks, demons, and the like.

    Here are a few of our favorite storybooks that feature (non-scary) spirits and creatures:

    The Goblins of Knottingham 

    By Zoë Klein

    Long ago, in the town of Knottingham, there were three little goblins.

    Knotty was naughty, Knotsalot

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  9. The Language of a Common Dream?

    Jeremy Benstein, author of the new book Hebrew Routes, Jewish Routes: A Tribal Language in a Global World discusses the future of Hebrew as the featured guest on The Promised Podcast.

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  10. Kaddish Resources for Pittsburgh Anniversary

    Use with students to supplement the recitation of the Kaddish on this somber anniversary.

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