Posted: August 31, 2018||
To provide a welcoming, inclusive ceremony for interfaith families, Rabbi Daniel Zemel of Temple Micah in Washington, DC created a different Bar-Bat Mitzvah blessing.
The Zemel Non-Jewish Bar-Bat Mitzvah Parent Aliyah Blessing gives family members with different faith backgrounds a way to be involved in such a big part of the ceremony for their children.
A recent article from Temple Micah's Vine featured the Parent Aliyah Blessing and what it means for interfaith families.
This May, Aurie Hall will be able to participate in her son's bar mitzvah, which she was unable to do two years ago with her oldest son.
"This new prayer recog
Posted: June 06, 2018||The Covenant Award is among the highest honors in the field of Jewish education.Read more »
Maddie the Mitzvah Clown, a new story from Apples & Honey Press, uses cheerful illustrations that evolve from black and white to full, exuberant color.Maddie discovers her confidence when she decides to become a mitzvah clown to bring smiles to the faces of Grandma and her friends. Written by Karen Rostoker-Gruber, the story begins with Maddie watching Giggles the mitzvah clown entertain seniors and moves to Maddie donning a red nose, choosing a costume and learning to make balloon animals so she can do the same.
Illustrator Christine Grove describes the creative process of bringing Maddie to li
Musician and Hebrew in Harmony Creative Director Eliana Light is on the move! See where she's headed and what she'll be doing next.Read more »
Marlene Myerson, who has been active in Jewish education for more than 36 years, will be leaving Behrman House to become an independent curriculum consultant.Read more »
Posted: April 11, 2018||
Dena Neusner, executive editor at Behrman House and Apples & Honey Press, celebrated her 10th anniversary this week. Neusner has worked on dozens of books in her decade at Behrman House, as well as spearheaded the formation of the Apples & Honey Press imprint more than three years ago. At a celebratory lunch, she shared a few reflections on her decade at Behrman House:
Ten years ago, I was working on books about John Deere tractors and combines and backhoes and excavators [at Parachute Press]. They were fun, but I was wondering, does the world really need another tractor book? So after the obligatory 500 or so Behrman House interviews, I convinced the folks here to hire me.
I’ve learned a lot at Behrman House over the years. I’ve learned:
- - That publishing books th
Posted: January 17, 2018||
An entire generation of families has shared David A. Adler's book, The Number on My Grandfather's Arm. Now the story will be introduced to the next generation in a short documentary presented by HBO.
Winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award for Young Readers in 1987, The Number on My Grandfather's Arm tells the moving story of a young girl who learns of her grandfather's experience in Auschwitz. She then helps him overcome his sensitivity about the number tattooed on his arm. In the upcoming HBO adaptation, 10-year-old Elliott asks his great-grandfather about the tattoo on his arm, sparking an intimate conversation about memories and lessons we can all learn from the Holocaust.
The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm will debut on Saturday, January 27 at 6 pm, ET, which is International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Award-winning author David Adler has written more than 250 book in his 40+ year writing career, including Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles. His latest story is Yom Kippur Shortstop, newly published by Apples & Honey Press.
What was the inspiration for Yom Kippur Shortstop?
I’ve always been a baseball fan. I grew up in New York, and Sandy Koufax's decision in 1965 not to pitch in the World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur was a really big deal. But 1965 is history, it's not current events. To tell the story of Sandy wasn’t as intriguing as trying to make it more relatable. I did this by focusing on how Jews have choices all the time - whether to take off work for holidays, for example.
Temple Sinai in Atlanta has advice for fellow educators navigating through Hebrew in Harmony. Read on for helpful tips from professional teachersRead more »