Big Ideas

  1. Time Constrained? Budget Crunched? Need a Judaics Curriculum? Start Here with Our Instant Resources

    Time Constrained? Budget Crunched? Need a Judaics Curriculum? Start Here with Our Instant Resources

    With so much uncertainty around the health of your community and how to reach and teach students and families in this environment, Behrman House has been looking for ways to help educators, to try to make things just a little easier.

    One of the things we have done is to develop a Judaics curriculum guide for part-time Jewish education programs that can help you structure a program to carry you through the school year. The guide is based on a variety of FREE resources that we have gathered together in one convenient place for you.

    This curriculum is particularly well-suited for small schools, those facing a budget crunch, or  those who may be cutting down on meeting times on Zoom and just need a few really good lessons to help you strengthen connections with your learners.

    The guide is a tool that’s based on 3 Big Ideas in Jewish Education. It shows you how the lessons are connected, and what learning will take p

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  2. A First Grade Boy and the Pandemic: A Snapshot Success Story

    I had the perfect first grade Hebrew class.  Everything ran smoothly.  As the students trickled into class on Sunday mornings, they played together quietly with clay, puzzles, and games.  We transitioned into a morning meeting for attendance and letter review. Then they worked on their Let’s Discover the Alef Bet packets and did related crafts and worksheets.  Before I knew it, it was time to send my happy students home.

    What, you don’t believe me? 

    OK, so there were a few “key players”.  One in particular, in fact.  He seldom participated in activities and didn’t gel with any of the other students. He rarely smiled. He said inappropriate things to his classmates.

    And then there was a pandemic.   We quickly pivoted to a zoom-only class in late March.  And the smile on my key player’s face!  He loved it!  He interacted with me and all his classmates.  He was adept at using his c

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  3. Placing a Value on Jewish Education During a Pandemic

    Placing a Value on Jewish Education During a Pandemic

    Should families pay less for remote learning? 

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  4. How to Talk with Children About Scary Topics

    How to Talk with Children About Scary Topics

    Q&A with Child Psychologist and Author Rona Novick

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  5. Contagion, Clinging and Closeness to God: A Hebrew Root For Today

    Contagion, Clinging and Closeness to God: A Hebrew Root For Today

    The Hebrew root for "infection" also points to "clinging to one another" - the best way to support each other and maintain a social glue. 

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  6. Meet a Model Madrichim Program

    Meet a Model Madrichim Program

    "Our teens are our crown jewels." What's M'kor Shalom's secret sauce? 

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