Monthly Archives: May 2018

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. A Quick Way to Use Art to Teach Jewish Holidays

    Art can spark thinking and learning. Here's an example of art in action, from Make, Create, Celebrate: Jewish Holidays Through Art. 
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  6. Teach Gratitude as a Jewish Value: New Series For Young Children Focuses on Kindness

    Gratitude, or hakarat hatov, is an important value in Judaism, one with a direct connection to kindness. But putting the concept into specific words for young children can be difficult.
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  7. Don't Forget to Pack These Rainy-Day Camp Essentials

    Don't Forget to Pack These Rainy-Day Camp Essentials
    For learners going to camp, enjoy some materials that are perfect for spare quiet time or during a rainy day.
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  8. Using Hebrew in Harmony on an iOS Device?

    Using Hebrew in Harmony on an iOS Device?
    Be sure to check the App Store for a software update to enjoy the newest version
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  9. Keep Hebrew Skills Sharp All Summer Long

    Summer doesn't have to mean a break from Hebrew. Share these resources with students to help keep their language comprehension skills sharp.
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  10. Gifts and Gratitude: Educator Reflections on Shavuot

    Gifts and Gratitude: Educator Reflections on Shavuot

    What’s the best gift you ever received? For the Jewish people, receiving the Torah ranks pretty high.This Shavuot, explore how to connect this gift to values-based learning

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