Yes, Hanukkah is just around the corner. Here are some new story books - and some other favorites - to entertain and inspire young children this holiday.
Your students have learned to decode Hebrew - great!
And they're also learning about Hanukkah.
Bridge their excitement and new Hebrew skills in a meaningful way with Shalom, Reader: 57 Hebrew Activities to Show What You Know. This resource introduces students to a family and its pets, and follows them through simple stories and scenarios that are familiar to children, such as holiday celebrations, school, family, time, and the weather.
There's an entire chapter built around Hanukkah that includes:
- Hanukkah vocabulary
- A short guided conversation with a friend in Hebrew about what they eat and drink during Hanukkah
Saralee Siegel can do extraordinary things with her super-nose.
She also loves to cook and help out in her family’s restaurant.
In the latest story in the chapter book series, A Donut in Time: A Hanukkah Story, Saralee is stunned to learn that she's not the only one in the family with a superpower. Her great-grandmother Gigi also had a magical sense of smell. And when Saralee makes Gigi's Hanukkah donut recipe, the scent creates a portal in time.
Soon Saralee finds herself face-to-face with a young Gigi – and she's not the fierce, unstoppable person Saralee imagined. Gigi is ready to give up on her dreams. Saralee needs to help her find courage, or the future will be changed forever.
This is the third book in the Saralee Siegel series, written by Elana Rubinstein and illustrated by Jennifer Naalchigar. Eac
Posted: November 02, 2022|
Sigd is a unique holiday of the Ethiopian Jewish community, celebrated exactly 50 days after Yom Kippur. This year it falls on November 22-23.
Sigd is recognized as a state holiday in Israel. Yet very few American Jews know about it.
The holiday is celebrated on the date thought to be when God was first revealed to Moses. Traditionally on Sigd, members of the Ethiopian Jewish community would fast and walk together to a mountain top. Members of the community would recite Psalms and remember the Torah and their desire to return to Jerusalem. In the afternoon they would descend the mountain and end their fast with a feast and dancing.
In recent decades, the Ethiopian community in
Posted: September 21, 2022|
Cooking is a creative outlet for children. Why? Because the kitchen is the hub of the household, nurturing takes place there, many of the best conversations happen there, and creativity abounds there.
So writes Tina Wasserman, award-winning cooking instructor and best-selling author of Entrée to Judaism for Families.
We're sharing with you two free Rosh Hashanah recipes from Entrée to Judaism for Families that are both easy to prepare and delicious for the entire family to enjoy.
Quick Honey Cake
¾ cup warm coffee (or ¾ cup water with 1 teaspoon instant espresso)
Explore how to use How It's Made: Torah Scroll to complement High Holidays learning.
Posted: September 14, 2022|
Rosh Hashanah Interview
Educator Batsheva Frankel devotes an entire chapter of her essential Jewish Educator’s Companion to experiential education for formal educational settings. Here’s one idea for an experience, based on the idea that Rosh Hashanah is like a year-end review between an employee and the boss. Have students prepare for their reviews, filling out a self-reflection form (create a template) about their strengths and weaknesses, areas in which they’d like to improve, and accomplishments from the past year. Children can dress up nicely—to impress their employer—adding to the drama. They meet with one of the boss’s assistants (a great way to incorporate older students or teens) to review the form and together make a concrete plan of action for success in the coming year. Place
Looking for a new way to introduce Rosh Hashanah to young children? Two new stories add to our collection of storybooks that will get them smiling, laughing, and making connections to the holiday and their Jewish world.
By Eric A. Kimmel
Illustrated by Tamara Anegon
Join Miriam as she seeks to solve her sasquatch dilemma, and in the process learns that our initial impressions of others may be a bit mistaken.
Mr. Mintz was exactly the kind of neighbor everyone wanted.
He had a friendly word and a smile for everyone.
Plus, he was awesome at: remembering birthdays, raking leaves, carrying groceries, shovelling snow, giving bike-riding lessons, filling bird feeders, and putting out milk for cats.
And oh, what a marvelous cook Mr. Mintz was!
He'd measure and mix and chop and pour. He'd add a sponful of this and a pinch of that. He'd fill and fry and bake.
And in no time at all there'd be a dish of something so mouth-wateringly delicious that the aroma reached into every house on the street.
Mr. Mintz is famous in the neighborhood for cooking up cheesy, gooey, and delicious blintzes. He shares them each spring to celebrate the Shavuot holiday.
But something happens to Mr. Mintz this year, and he can't make his sweet treats.
Oh no! Can
We recently received a letter from “Concerned Citizen,” an anonymous 8th grader from Boston, who noticed that in the Hebrew series Z’Man L’Tefilah (Time for Prayer) “every single illustration in the book depicts white people,” and urged us to do better than to present “a singular image of Jews.”
The student is right. This series, developed in the 1980s by the publishing company A.R.E., is illustrated with small line drawings that present what could be called an Ashkenazic world view, a view that North American Jews are exclusively descended from the Eastern European Jews who immigrated during the late 1800s and early 1900s as they fled pogroms and other atrocities.
Behrman House took over distribution of this series in the early 2000s, and while we regularly review already published titles, as a small independent publisher we do not often have the budget to go back and