Holidays

  1. Introduce Young Children to Israel with Picture Books

    "Children learn about the world through a variety of means, one of which is through stories. How can we, as educators, harness the power of stories and pictures to teach children about Israel?" writes Dr. Ofra Backenroth in an article about American Jewish education. One way, she writes, is through picture books.

    "Picture books can serve as a powerful resource for teaching children in a meaningful way about Israel and can help children understand core concepts and what they mean. Most of all, stories serve as a jumping-off point for sincere and open conversation."

    Here are some story books set in Israel to help bridge connections between the state and young children, perfect for discussions and activities around Yom Ha'atzma'ut

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  2. Bite-Size Lessons for Yom Ha'atzma'ut Now Available for Download

    Bite-Size Lessons for Yom Ha'atzma'ut Now Available for Download

    Now Available: A new batch of free, ready-to-go lessons and activities for Yom Ha'atzma'ut from the Behrman House collection.

    Our free Educator Resource page is chock-full of Judaics and Hebrew lessons and activities for learners of all ages. The collection includes the following lessons to celebrate Israel's Independence Day (coming up on April 17):

    • K-2 - Through discussion and creative activities, learn why Israel’s Independence Day is a joyful, important occasion. 
    • 3-6 - Explore how Yom Ha'atzma'ut started, how we celebrate it, and why it’s important to the Jewish people.
    • 7+ -  Learn how and why we celebrate Israel’s Independence Day, and find personal connections to the holiday.

    This new release is part of our commitment to help you provide a meaningful learning experience for y

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  3. Not Commemorating Yom HaShoah in Person? Here's a Remote-Friendly Alternative

    Not Commemorating Yom HaShoah in Person? Here's a Remote-Friendly Alternative

    Yom HaShoah 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.

    And this year, we may also need ways to do so remotely. 

    Light from the Darkness: A Ritual for Holocaust

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  4. Tips for Engaging Remote Seder Participants

    Tips for Engaging Remote Seder Participants

    Once again, many of us will be celebrating Passover differently.  

    Here are some tips for actively engaging remote participants:

    • Decide on a seder leader. Even when you're not all together in person, a seder still needs a leader or team to facilitate. Figure this out in advance. Assign roles to make sure that participants in all locations are included. Plan out who will do which reading roles. Make sure each reader is visible to those who are not in the same location. Try to ensure that your camera shows most of the seder items. Hold things up to the camera as you use them.
    • Will everyone use the same haggadah? Some families prefer that all participants read from the same book, while others enjoy mixing it up. There are pros and cons to both. If you're all using the same haggadah, make sure each participant
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  5. Celebrating Passover from Afar- Again? We've Got Tips for Engaging Remote Seder Participants

    Once again, many of us will be celebrating Passover differently.  

    Here are some tips for actively engaging remote participants: 

    • Decide on a seder leader. Even when you're not all together in person, a seder still needs a leader or team to facilitate. Figure this out in advance. Assign roles to make sure that participants in all locations are included. Plan out who will do which reading roles. Make sure each reader is visible to those who are not in the same location. Try to ensure that your camera shows most of the seder items. Hold things up to
      the camera as you use them.
    • Will everyone use the same haggadah? Some families prefer that all participants read from the same book, while others enjoy mixing it up. There are pros and cons to both. If you're all using the same haggadah, make sure each participant
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  6. A New Way to Commemorate the Holocaust - Even Remotely

    A New Way to Commemorate the Holocaust - Even Remotely

    Light from the Darkness is a powerful new 45-minute, seder-like experience for Holocaust commemoration.

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  7. Afikomen Gifts Through Jewish Storytelling

    For Passover, consider giving these children’s books from Apples & Honey Press, sure to connect young readers to their Jewish roots.
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  8. Ready-to-Go Activities for Purim Learning

    Ready-to-Go Activities for Purim Learning

    Enjoy these simple, ready-to-go activities focused on Purim and its big themes. 

    For Your Youngest Learners

    Movement and mindfulness

    Try this activity about bravery - a Purim theme. Tell children to tilt their heads up and stand straight and tall. Or try making strong muscles in their arms. Invite children to make brave poses. Encourage them to notice where in their bodies they feel brave. (in my muscles; in my heart; my brain; my arms and legs) Suggest they try another pose and see if their brave feeling changes too. Have them create a pose that shows what bravery feels like in their body. (This activity comes from the Let’s Discover the Holidays series of 4-page folders.)

    Story time

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  9. Save 30-50% at Our Annual Haggadah Sale

    Save 30-50% at Our Annual Haggadah Sale

    Get ready for Passover with our annual sale.

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  10. Create a Moving Seder Experience Using Body and Mind

    Create a Moving Seder Experience Using Body and Mind

    Seder in Motion: A Haggadah to Move Body and Soul, by Rabbi Ron Isaacs and Dr. Leora Isaacs, is a new family-friendly way to engage all five senses in the Passover story and rituals.

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