1. Fond Farewell to Joan Carr

    Fond Farewell to Joan Carr
    After many decades as a Jewish educator, Joan will be retiring at the end of June.
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  2. Welcome to Our Summer Intern

    Welcome to Our Summer Intern

    We are pleased to announce that Alef Davis is joining us this summer as an editorial intern. 

    She is a budding writer, and was an editor of both the literary magazine and an undergraduate research journal at Drew University. She has also worked as a classroom assistant at Temple Ohr Shalom religious school in New Jersey. She is curious about every aspect of publishing, has already made friends with Ivan, our house dog, and we look forward to working with her this summer. 

    As a paid editorial intern, she will be learning and doing many of the following:

    • Assisting editors with manuscript editing, art direction, photo research, and writing for a wide variety of projects

    • Participating fully in Creative Team meetings and brainstorming sessions

    • Reviewing manuscript submissions

    • Learning about and helping with tagging photos in our database, cutting sound files, and other behind-the-scenes digital work

    • Learning about every as

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  3. Welcome to Our New Behrman House Team Member

    We are pleased to announce that Mindy Strauss has joined Behrman House as our full time bookkeeper. She handles all accounts payable, credit memos, and general office bookkeeping tasks. 

    Mindy has a background in banking and comes to us after several years at home raising her two children, and has been an active volunteer at her temple and children's school. She loves mah jongg, the Yankees, and her dog Timmy. She is conscientious and kind and fits right in with our team in our New Jersey home base. We are very happy to have her as a colleague.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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