Monthly Archives: October 2019

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Kaddish Resources for Pittsburgh Anniversary

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

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  6. Effective Hebrew Learning: The Oral-Decoding Connection

    Plain and simple: Students benefit when they learn to decode in tandem with hearing the language. 

    Oral language and decoding go hand-in-hand, reinforcing each other, according to Dina Maiben, director of the Hebrew program at Gratz College. Such an approach increases proficiency, decreases frustration, and helps students build on what they know and progress at a smooth pace. 

    Hear more from Maiben herself, as part of our video series about effective Hebrew learning strategies.

    How can you incorporate oral Hebrew into your program?  


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  7. New Release: Getting Good at Getting Older

    From the creator of the groundbreaking The Jewish Catalog comes a new Jewish resource for a new age.
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  8. Effective Hebrew Learning: Advice from Dina Maiben, Hebrew Maven

    Effective Hebrew Learning:  Advice from Dina Maiben, Hebrew Maven
    What do learners need for effective language learning?
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  9. Growth through Discomfort: This Week's Conversation Starter from Values and Ethics

    Growth through Discomfort: This Week's Conversation Starter from Values and Ethics
    Pair stories from the weekly parashot to Jewish values and ethics you can incorporate into everyday life.
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