Profiles

  1. Rabbi Danny Zemel's Non-Jewish Parent Aliyah Blessing Brings Changes for Interfaith Families

    Rabbi Danny Zemel's Non-Jewish Parent Aliyah Blessing Brings Changes for Interfaith Families

    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

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  2. Spirit in Nature Author Deborah Newbrun Awarded 2018 Covenant Award

    Spirit in Nature Author Deborah Newbrun Awarded 2018 Covenant Award
    The Covenant Award is among the highest honors in the field of Jewish education.
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  3. Using Color to Show Emotion: An Illustrator Q&A

    Using Color to Show Emotion: An Illustrator Q&A

     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
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  4. Big News from Eliana Light

    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.
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  5. Marlene Myerson to Become Independent Education Consultant

    Marlene Myerson to Become Independent Education Consultant
    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.
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  6. Executive Editor Dena Neusner Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

    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
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  7. Meet the Hebrew in Harmony Musicians

    Ellen Allard has been performing and teaching music for more than 30 years. An award-winning recording artist, composer, performer, and educator, she charms audiences with her interactive, infectious, and entertaining music.

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  8. Documentary Based on Adler Book to Premiere on HBO

    Documentary Based on Adler Book to Premiere on HBO

    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

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  9. Meet David Adler, Author of Yom Kippur Shortstop

    Meet David Adler, Author of Yom Kippur Shortstop

    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. 

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  10. Teacher Buy-In and Curriculum Change: A Case Study in Thoughtful Planning

    Teacher Buy-In and Curriculum Change: A Case Study in Thoughtful Planning
    Temple Sinai in Atlanta has advice for fellow educators navigating through Hebrew in Harmony. Read on for helpful tips from professional teachers
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