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Hooked on Hebrew: Prayer Pack Playing Cards

Game-based learning, practice, and reinforcement for Sh'ma, V'ahavta, Mi Chamocha, and Aleinu. Suitable for ages 8-adult.

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Hooked on Hebrew: Prayer Pack Playing Cards
Hooked on Hebrew: Prayer Pack Playing Cards

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    This three-deck set of Hebrew prayer playing cards includes:

    • Sh'ma and V'ahavta 
    • Mi Chamocha
    • Aleinu 

    In each deck the prayer or blessing is divided into 24 words and phrases that are provided in both Hebrew and English translation. Each word is also shown divided into syllables and translated individually. No transliteration.

    There are two copies of each card to support game play, along with a monster card. The full text of the prayers is included on a summary card, and directions for playing several card games using the deck are also included.

    Additional game instructions and a teaching guide are available for free download here.

    Hooked on Hebrew is a game-based way to practice Hebrew letters and prayers. The playing cards can be used to play a wide variety of games in school, at home, and even remotely. 

    There are up to 15 different games that can be played with each deck, including Go Fish, Memory, War, Bingo, Gin Rummy, Crazy 8s, and more. They can be played one-to-one, in small groups, or in teams. All can be played in person, and some can be played remotely. Brief game instructions are included with each deck, and an expanded version is available below for free download.


    • 8-Adult  
    • Learners in grades 3-5
    • Families - especially great for intergenerational play


    • Hooked on Hebrew: Hebrew Alphabet 1 (with hints) - This beginner deck is sold individually
    • Hooked on Hebrew Phonics Pack - This set contains four different decks: the original beginner deck, Hebrew Alphabet 1 (with hints), Hebrew Alphabet 2 (no hints), Hebrew Vowels 1, and Hebrew Vowels 2.
    • Hooked on Hebrew Prayer Pack - This set contains three decks: Sh'ma and V'ahavta, Aleinu, and Mi Chamocha

    Each deck consists of 52 full-color playing cards, 2.25 x 3.5", shrink-wrapped.


    Visit for free detailed game directions, printable game boards, teacher’s guide, and teacher training video.


    A free downloadable guide with an overview, goals, tips for use, assessment tool, game directions, game boards.


    Teachers can use the free Hooked on Hebrew Reading Assessment to check each student’s ability level and progress, and determine which deck to use for their skill level. This will help students play and learn at their appropriate level which in turn helps promote success.


    A free downloadable family guide with game directions, game boards, and tips for use. 


    You can use Hooked on Hebrew to:

    • Make students (children or adults) comfortable by creating a fun learning environment based on play.
    • Build trust between students and teachers by creating common goals using the quick, one-to-one assessment.
    • Create purposeful and playful game-based in-school and at-home practice opportunities that students will want to repeat on their own.
    • Promote emotional and social skills such as waiting one’s turn and good sportsmanship via game-play.
    • Prepare students to read multisyllabic words which appear in universal prayers such as Sh’ma/V’ahavta, Aleinu and Mi Chamocha.
    • Strengthen bonds among classmates as they have fun learning Hebrew together.


    Marilyn Arsham graduated from Yeshiva University and has been a Hebrew school teacher for 24 years and a bar/bat mitzvah tutor for 18 years. She is a former cytogenetics technologist, editor-in-chief of a cytogenetics journal, and co-editor of The AGT Cytogenetics Laboratory Manual (Wiley/Blackwell).

    Ron Arsham is a past president of Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac, NY. He is currently a district board member of the METNY region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and a board member of the Westchester Jewish Council.

    Linda Silbert, Ph.D., is an educational counselor and former Hebrew school principal. She received the BJE-NY Gabriel Schonfeld award for Educator Excellence, and is co-author of numerous award-winning books and educational games. She is co-owner of Strong Learning, Inc,, and is a keynote speaker on creating school environments conducive to learning and making learning fun. 

    Al Silbert, Ed.D., is a former physics and math teacher and graphics artist. He is a past president of Temple Beth Shalom, Mahopac, NY, where he was also a past chairman of the Hebrew school. He is co-owner with Linda of Strong Learning, Inc. He has an MA from the Belfer Graduate School of Science, Yeshiva University.


    Hooked on Hebrew was previously published as Hebrew School Fun, and included more decks. We’ve pared it down to make it simpler for customers to choose what they need.     



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