Monthly Archives: August 2018
Posted: August 31, 2018|Categories: Profiles|
To provide a welcoming, inclusive ceremony for interfaith families, Rabbi Daniel Zemel of Temple Micah in Washington, DC created a different Bar-Bat Mitzvah blessing.
The Zemel Non-Jewish Bar-Bat Mitzvah Parent Aliyah Blessing gives family members with different faith backgrounds a way to be involved in such a big part of the ceremony for their children.
A recent article from Temple Micah's Vine featured the Parent Aliyah Blessing and what it means for interfaith families.
This May, Aurie Hall will be able to participate in her son's bar mitzvah, which she was unable to do two years ago with her oldest son.
"This new prayer recog
Teens can offer invaluable help to teachers in many classroom settings. Here are some ideas.Read more »
Posted: August 29, 2018|Categories: Teacher ResourcesIn this age of Google calendar, Trello, and myriad other digital ways to keep organized, there is one simple way to stay on top of your tasks and goals - a paper planner.Read more »
The High Holidays are traditionally times of reflection. We are called upon to take time to consider the year just ending and the one to come. Of course, those of us in the “business” of Judaism—educators, clergy, teachers, staff—may find ourselves asking, “And with all I have going on right now, when exactly is that reflection supposed to happen?” This time of year can feel so hectic for us that this particular moment may not feel at all like a good time to reflect. In fact, it might feel like the perfect time to have give in to the stress. Too often we get caught up in the urgent and critical task of helping others get this new year underway, and set our own needs for reflection aside.
As a result we may feel out of step with those reflective messages of the High Holidays.
Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, would advise us that now is actually the most important moment to take on
Posted: August 22, 2018|Categories: Judaica
The women in my family have always lied about their age. My bubby lied, my mother lied and, in keeping with that tradition, I too have lied.
Somehow it seemed fitting that I should be asked to speak to a group of senior citizens about aging. I immediately thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to use Wise Aging, by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal, as my resource. Wise Aging is organized in a way that works for facilitated or self-created book groups, with enough material and questions for a year's worth of group discussions.
This workshop reminded me of the importance of providing people of all ages with opportunities to learn and study together, and to share their own life experiences in discussion groups.
I began by sharing a personal story: Every year on Mother’s Day, I go to the cemetery in Toronto where my mother and bubby are buried. I share some privat
Welcome to Tech Tools, our new newsletter feature. Written by Debbie Harris, this column will bring you excellent technology tips to inspire you and add creativity to your teaching.
Animated GIFs - those short little videos that are usually just a few scenes long - are all over social media, and they are a fun way to demonstrate a project, give a few directions or share an idea.
Draw Island is a website that can help you make your own animated GIFs. It allows you to create multiple drawings, and then creates the animation.
To create your set of drawings, you can draw freehand within the website, or choose from the provided menu of pre-drawn shapes. You can also add text to your drawings or upload your own photos to the site.
After you have completed each drawing, click the “Save to animate” button, and it
Alef-bet flash cards are a simple yet versatile learning tool—
Posted: August 22, 2018|Categories: Hebrew In Harmony|Music is the key element of Hebrew in Harmony—it brings the program to life.Read more »
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,