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Holidays

  1. Simple and Tasty Make-Together Recipes for Rosh Hashanah

    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)

    ¼ cup

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  2. Simchat Torah Time: Show Students How It's Made

    Simchat Torah Time: Show Students How It's Made

    Explore how to use How It's Made: Torah Scroll to complement High Holidays learning. 

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  3. Six Quick Rosh Hashanah Activities for Rich Learning

    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

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  4. Colorful Rosh Hashanah Stories

    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.  

    NEW!

    Miriam and the Sasquatch

    By Eric A. Kimmel
    Illustrated by Tamara Anegon

    Ages 4-7

    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.

     

     

    NEW! 

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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