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  1. Reflecting the Diversity of the Jewish Experience

    Reflecting the Diversity of the Jewish Experience

    We are careful to tell stories and show images that mirror the diversity of the American Jewish population in all its facets.

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  2. Explore Israel on a Culinary Journey

    Explore Israel on a Culinary Journey

    Join Tina Wasserman, author of Entrée to Judaism and Entrée to Judaism for Families, for a 10-day food tour through Israel this March.

    Travelers will get to participate in the following:

    • Cooking workshops and demonstrations in the kitchens of some of Israel’s top chefs

    • Meet with farmers, chefs, and other food and environmental leaders to learn about the Israeli food cultures, both ancient and modern

    • Visit colorful and aromatic marketplaces and wineries

    • Tour famous sites through a foodie’s eye-view

    • Taste foods that contribute to the melting pot of cultures: Turkish, North African, Persian, Sephardic, Ashkenazic, and more

    • Enjoy Purim and S

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  3. Two New Haggadah Options for Your Seder

    Two New Haggadah Options for Your Seder

     

    The Essential Seder: A Contemporary Haggadah

    By Deborah Gross-Zuchman

    This concise haggadah contains the essential elements for a short, authentic seder. Its small trim size, straightforward text, and bright collage art will capture the attention of all seder participants and spark lively conversation about social justice, freedom, and history. Ideal for the host or seder leader who wants to run a short but meaningful seder, bring a modern sensibility and fresh language to the observance, and add beauty to the seder table.

     What we overheard when we showed it at the URJ Biennial in December: “This has all the parts I want and none of the stuff I usually have to skip over!! And the good songs, too!”
    40 pages.

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  4. Effective Hebrew Learning: Producing Language

    What kind of Hebrew sets up new readers for success? 

    Like Spanish and French and many other languages, Hebrew is a gendered language. Expose students to the nuance and various forms of verbs and adjectives by, as it's actually spoken, advises Dina Maiben, director of the Hebrew program at Gratz College. That will give them a solid starting point.

    Maiben explains in our video series about effective Hebrew learning strategies.

     

     

     


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  5. It's Time for a New Conversation about Aging

     

    Think of people you know in their sixties and seventies. Now consider how that age group is portrayed in popular culture and advertising. 

    New research from the AARP finds that images of "seniors” do not reflect the reality of how older generations work and play today.  

     “Marketers reflect the culture and the conversation in our country,” said AARP’s Martha Boudreau in a recent New York Times article. “Stereotypes about the 55-plus demographic are really limiting people’s sense of what they can do with this half of their lives.”

    Ageist marketing is just one e

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  6. Help Students Find Meaning in Nature This Tu BiShevat

    Help Students Find Meaning in Nature This Tu BiShevat

    The holiday offers an entryway to helping students explore the Jewish values of Bal Tashchit (“do not destroy”), bettering the environment and creating a greener, more abundant world for themselves and for others.

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  7. Discover Inspiration and Advice for Teachers in the Themes of Tu BiShevat

    Discover Inspiration and Advice for Teachers in the Themes of Tu BiShevat

    By teaching, we repay our debts to our own teachers, and we keep planting the seeds that nourish the next generation of teachers.

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  8. Addressing Social Justice with Students on MLK Day

    Addressing Social Justice with Students on MLK Day

    We've put togther a collection of ideas and lessons to incorporate social justice into your classes.

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  9. How Will We Continue to Commemorate the Holocaust?

    How Will We Continue to Commemorate the Holocaust?

    The Holocaust is in danger of being remembered as just another historical atrocity inflicted on the Jewish people. With fewer living witnesses able to tell their stories, we need a new way to fulfill the responsibility that Holocaust survivors have entrusted to us - to remember, to tell the story, and to act.

    Light from the Darkness: A Ritual for Holocaust Remembrance is a powerful new approach. It's a 45-minute, seder-like experience appropriate for a variety of groups, such as synagogue and school programs (ages 11 up), as well as teen, young adult, and intergenerational events.

    Its structured, highly interactive format can be used as a stand-alone event or scheduled as part of a series of community or school activities

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  10. Best Stories of 2019 for Educators

    End the year with seven of our most popular articles, covering great ideas from icebreakers to madrichim programs to talking with kids about difficult things.

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