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Holidays

  1. A Shavuot Story of Friendship to Savor

    A Shavuot Story of Friendship to Savor

    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

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  2. Behrman House’s Commitment to Diversity in Learning Materials Has Never Been Stronger

    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

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  3. A Sweet Recipe to Celebrate Jewish Mothers

    Mother's Day is almost here.

    Celebrate mom with a sweet recipe, from Get Cooking: A Jewish-American Family Cookbook

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  4. A New Way to Commemorate the Holocaust - and It's Remote Friendly

    A New Way to Commemorate the Holocaust - and It's Remote Friendly

    Yom HaShoah begins this year on the evening of April 27. It is a moment to commemorate a dark time in our history, and this one has an urgency to it. With fewer living witnesses able to tell their stories firsthand, 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 designed as a 45-minute, seder-like experience that does not require survivors. And it can be done either in-person or virtually.

    Use as a stand-alone program or scheduled as part of a series of community

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  5. A Passover Lesson on Freedom to Use Right Now

    A Passover Lesson on Freedom to Use Right Now

    Deepen the holiday learning by focusing on the big ideas to make best use of your limited time and attention spans to create rich learning.

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  6. Quick Yet Meaningful Passover Lessons

    Passover offers so many opportunities for learning - about Jewish history, the importance of home and holiday observance, and the value of repetition, for example. Here are some two resources you can use with students to explore many aspects of the holiday.

    Asking Good Questions

    In Teach Them Diligently: A Midrash on the Jewish Educator’s Year, Bonnie Stevens describes the haggadah as "our greatest textbook, laying out the lesson plan for a class so important that every Jew must repeat it yearly - the seder." One of the lessons the haggadah teaches us is about the role of questions in learning.

    The haggadah doesn't rely on children to devise questions on their own. The Four Questions, for example, are spelled out. Sometimes we may use the haggadah's techniques t

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  7. How to Choose Your Haggadah

    How to Choose Your Haggadah

    Planning a seder? Start by considering your guest list. Who’s coming largely dictates what kind of haggadah to use. Using the right haggadah makes a big difference in how participants experience the seder.

    Other factors to consider: The length of the seder you want and its tone (solemn, inquisitive, or with a touch of whimsy). This guide will help lead you in the right direction.

    Hosting some remote seder participant? Here are tips for engaging remote guests.

    Contact us today at customersupport@behrmanhouse.com to learn about quantity discounts for any of our haggadot.

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  8. Lotsa Matza: Show Students How It's Made

    Lotsa Matza: Show Students How It's Made

    With Passover just around the corner, show students how the humble matza - the cornerstone of the seder - comes into being. 

    How It’s Made: Matzah, by Allison Ofanansky, explores all the materials and activities involved in creating a matza, when and why we eat it, and why we celebrate Passover in the first place. 

    More than 100 full-color photographs by Eliyahu Alpern provide a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the people who make matzah — by hand or in factories — and see how they keep to the strict 18-minute limit, mirroring the Israelites' race

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  9. Haggadah Options for Your Seder

    Haggadah Options for Your Seder

     

    The Essential Seder: A Contemporary Haggadah

    By Deborah Gross-Zuchman

    This concise haggadah contains the essential elements for a short, authentic seder. Its small trim size, straightforward text, and bright collage art will capture the attention of all seder participants and spark lively conversation about social justice, freedom, and history. Ideal for the host or seder leader who wants to run a short but meaningful seder, bring a modern sensibility and fresh language to the observance, and add beauty to the seder table.

     What we overheard when we showed it at the URJ Biennial in December: “This has all the parts I want and none of the stuff I usually have to skip over!! And the good songs, too!”
    40 pages.

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  10. New Passover Stories Spark Imagination and Creativity

    Books make for fun and playful gifts that the entire family can enjoy while growing together in their Jewish learning. Here are some holiday-themed stories from our children's imprint, Apples & Honey Press.

    In

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