Behrman Staff

  1. Effective Hebrew Learning: Producing Language

    What kind of Hebrew sets up new readers for success? 

    Like Spanish and French and many other languages, Hebrew is a gendered language. Expose students to the nuance and various forms of verbs and adjectives by, as it's actually spoken, advises Dina Maiben, director of the Hebrew program at Gratz College. That will give them a solid starting point.

    Maiben explains in our video series about effective Hebrew learning strategies.

     

     

     


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  2. It's Time for a New Conversation about Aging

     

    Think of people you know in their sixties and seventies. Now consider how that age group is portrayed in popular culture and advertising. 

    New research from the AARP finds that images of "seniors” do not reflect the reality of how older generations work and play today.  

     “Marketers reflect the culture and the conversation in our country,” said AARP’s Martha Boudreau in a recent New York Times article. “Stereotypes about the 55-plus demographic are really limiting people’s sense of what they can do with this half of their lives.”

    Ageist marketing is just one e

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  3. Help Students Find Meaning in Nature This Tu BiShevat

    Help Students Find Meaning in Nature This Tu BiShevat

    The holiday offers an entryway to helping students explore the Jewish values of Bal Tashchit (“do not destroy”), bettering the environment and creating a greener, more abundant world for themselves and for others.

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  4. Discover Inspiration and Advice for Teachers in the Themes of Tu BiShevat

    Discover Inspiration and Advice for Teachers in the Themes of Tu BiShevat

    By teaching, we repay our debts to our own teachers, and we keep planting the seeds that nourish the next generation of teachers.

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  5. Addressing Social Justice with Students on MLK Day

    Addressing Social Justice with Students on MLK Day

    We've put togther a collection of ideas and lessons to incorporate social justice into your classes.

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  6. How Will We Continue to Commemorate the Holocaust?

    How Will We Continue to Commemorate the Holocaust?

    The Holocaust is in danger of being remembered as just another historical atrocity inflicted on the Jewish people. With fewer living witnesses able to tell their stories, we need a new way to fulfill the responsibility that Holocaust survivors have entrusted to us - to remember, to tell the story, and to act.

    Light from the Darkness: A Ritual for Holocaust Remembrance is a powerful new approach. It's a 45-minute, seder-like experience appropriate for a variety of groups, such as synagogue and school programs (ages 11 up), as well as teen, young adult, and intergenerational events.

    Its structured, highly interactive format can be used as a stand-alone event or scheduled as part of a series of community or school activities

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  7. Best Stories of 2019 for Educators

    End the year with seven of our most popular articles, covering great ideas from icebreakers to madrichim programs to talking with kids about difficult things.

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  8. Our Favorite Hanukkah Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

    Our Favorite Hanukkah Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

    It's that time of year, so let's talk Hanukkah gifts. Here are our favorite gift recommendations for kids, retirees, teachers, artists and even you (yes, it's OK to treat yourself!). All of our Hanukkah suggestions are available on Amazon, and if you're a Prime member, you're eligible for free 2-day shipping.

    Looking for teacher gifts for your school? Contact us about quantity discounts.

    Gifts for Kids

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  9. Effective Hebrew Learning: Writing as a Pathway to Stronger Speaking Skills

    Expose students to the nuance, advises Dina Maiben, director of the Hebrew program at Gratz College

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  10. Hebrew Wordshops: Praying Jewish in Honor of Thanksgiving

    Hebrew Wordshops: Praying Jewish in Honor of Thanksgiving

    Written by Dr. Jeremy Benstein, "Hebrew Wordshops - A New Way to Connect to Hebrew" explores the potency of the three-letter roots that enrich our connection to Hebrew and Jewish values. 

    "To pray" in Hebrew is לְהִתְפַּלֵּל l’hitpalel, a term that actually means "judge, judgment.” This verb and the word for prayer, תְּפִילָּה t’filah, come from the root פ-ל-ל (p-l-l), and words derived from it mean "to be judged" or even "to judge oneself." This is a far cry from our usual ideas of liturgy.

    There are actually several different types of Jewish prayer, with a range of Hebrew words that help us express an attitude of gratitude, and more. Judaism traditionally acknowledges four types of prayers: petition (bakashah); penitence (s’lichah); praise (hallel); and thanks (todah).

    These prayer words have become super-useful words in secular Israeli Hebrew.

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