Monthly Archives: July 2022
Successful education starts with relationships - among students, and between children and teachers. These sample icebreakers can help get you started.Read more »
Improv games are a captivating way to focus students’ energy and attention, and bring students to the present moment. Here are some ideas to try with your students as you begin the new year.Read more »
Apples, apples all year round
juicy, fresh, and yummy.
Apples, apples, sweet new year,
apples dipped in honey.
Coming August 2!
This tasty tour through the Jewish holidays introduces young children to Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot. Colorful collage illustrations feature a variety of friendly woodland animals enjoying each holiday.
"Apples have been special to the Jewish people since ancient times," write authors Barbara Bietz and June Sobel. "Sweet and juicy, apples are part of Jewish holiday celebrations throughout the year. Sharing holiday meals and preparing recipes together creates meaningful family traditions."
Teacher Guide available for free download at behrmanhouse.com
Miriam looked over the apple orchard. Autumn leaves were turning yellow and gold. The beehives were full of honey. The apples were ready for picking. Rosh Hashanah was coming.
Miriam imagined all the apples and honey on her family's holiday table, as she waited for their guests to arrive.
Miriam didn't come to the orchard just to pick apples.
She also came to practice blowing her shofar. She could practice in the orchard without hurting anyone's ears.
Miriam stood under an apple tree. She took a breath and blew. TEKIAH! SHEVARIM! TERUAH!
She heard a sound above her head. It wasn't a shofar.
Munch! Crunch! Munch! Crunch!
What was making that noise? Miriam looked up into the apple tree.
There sat a sasquatch, munching away at the apples.
Coming August 2!
Just in time for Rosh Hashanah
New parents get overwhelmed, regularly pushed to their limits and confused by contradictory feelings of elation and near-despair.
A recent New York Times article shared parenting advice you really need. One parent contributed this gem: "You're allowed to feel overwhelmed and overjoyed. You can be both. Feeling it all doesn't make you a bad parent. It makes you human."
This is the premise behind the new book from Alicia Jo Rabins. Humorous, self-reflective, and comforting, Rabin’s musings on both heartening and cringe-worthy biblical examples of parenting can help any caregiver see beyond the detritus of day-today living with young children and recapture a sense of wonder at the process of raising small humans.
Posted: July 13, 2022|Categories: Contemporary Jewish Life
Is Judaism in North America dying? Is religious life in general on the wane?
Or is Judaism thriving, but simply doing so outside those legacy institutions that have so far resisted change?
In their new book, Awakenings: American Jewish Transformations in Identity, Leadership, and Belonging, Rabbis Joshua Stanton and Benjamin Spratt invite debate about the future of Jewish communal life in North America, and claim that inspired, nimble religious organizations of all kinds are now retooling to meet the very different needs of today’s congregants.
They show us new organizations now being created and argue that we are already witnessing the early stages of renewal i