Year-End Gifts to Show Teachers Appreciation
Teachers form the backbone of Jewish education.
It's nice to show them gratitude with a gift as the year comes to a close. Here are some of our favorite ideas.
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The Chicago chapter of the ARJE this year gifted its members this midrashic approach to Bible, combining storytelling with learning.
Maybe It Happened This Way: Bible Stories Reimagined, by Rabbi Leah Berkowitz and Ricki Wovsaniker, is a modern take on Bible stories, with relatable characters; not earnest and reverent, but not transgressive either. It also covers many lesser-known narratives and lifts up the stories of women in the Bible.
For a professional development gift, inspire your teachers with The Jewish Educator's Companion: Practical Tools and Inspirational Ideas. With infectious energy and passion, Batsheva Frankel offers a little bit of educational philosophy and lots of practical tools for educators of all kinds, seasoned to newbie. Major topics covered include:
- - Jewish STEM (Spirituality, Theology, Ethics, Maggid)
- - Developing critical thinking skills
- - Project-based learning
- - Icebreakers and community makers
- - Classroom relationships
For teachers who are parents, Alicia Jo Rabins has crafted an exquisite volume of spiritual nourishment. Full of both heartening and cringe-worthy biblical examples of parenting can help any caregiver see beyond the detritus of day-to-day living with young children and recapture a sense of wonder at the process of raising small humans.
Give your teachers the gift of entertainment, whether they are casual puzzlers or challenge seekers. Created by former editor of the Jerusalem Post crossword Yoni Glatt, Kosher Crosswords is a great resource to start the day with intention and clarity. Including themes like "On the Shabbat Menu," "Hanukkah Hits," and "Fiddler," these puzzles are great for improving focus while challenging your understanding of Judaism.
Looking for something fun? Seltzertopia: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink is an unexpected gift that guarantees laughs, intrigue, and curiosity. After 14 years of research, Barry Joseph has compiled a fascinating guide to all things seltzer. Learn what makes the fizzy drink America’s favorite beverage and how it came to be.
Give the gift of Jewish learning. Good toward any purchase on the Behrman House website. E-cards are available in multiples of $18, up to $180.
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