Monthly Archives: August 2018

  1. Rabbi Danny Zemel's Non-Jewish Parent Aliyah Blessing Brings Changes for Interfaith Families

    Rabbi Danny Zemel's Non-Jewish Parent Aliyah Blessing Brings Changes for Interfaith Families

    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

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  2. Simple Ways Madrichim Can Make a Difference

    Simple Ways Madrichim Can Make a Difference
    Teens can offer invaluable help to teachers in many classroom settings. Here are some ideas.
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  3. Small Resource, Big Impact: Start the Year Off with Intention

    Small Resource, Big Impact: Start the Year Off with Intention
    In 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.
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  4. 4 Classroom Management Tips to Start the School Year

    4 Classroom Management Tips to Start the School Year
    The most important part of classroom management is building respectful relationships with and between your students, according to Batsheva Frankel, author of The Jewish Educator's Companion.
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  5. Stephen Covey and Yom Kippur: A Text Study for the Busy Jewish Professional

    Stephen Covey and Yom Kippur: A Text Study for the Busy Jewish Professional

    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 t

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  6. Wise Aging Workshop: Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit

    Wise Aging Workshop: Living with Joy, Resilience, and Spirit

    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 Agingby 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 priv

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  7. Tech Tools: Illustrate A Concept Quickly with Animated GIFs

    Tech Tools: Illustrate A Concept Quickly with Animated GIFs

    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.

    The Technology

    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,

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  8. Activate Learning with Alef-Bet Flash Cards

    Activate Learning with Alef-Bet Flash Cards

    Alef-bet flash cards are a simple yet versatile learning tool

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  9. Best Practices for Using Hebrew in Harmony Digital

    Best Practices for Using Hebrew in Harmony Digital
    Music is the key element of Hebrew in Harmony—it brings the program to life.
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  10. 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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