Drawing on Jewish tradition and enlivened by a modern sensibility, A Year of Jewish Stories helps families explore Jewish values and create positive Jewish memories through the magic of storytelling.
In their introduction the authors write, "We are offering you an easy and open invitation into the richness of Jewish life - the aroma of freshly baked challah, the warmth of a teacher's hug, the sound of the Red Sea parting. We want this invitation to be as welcoming as Abraham's tent, which is said to have been open on three sides and situated at a crossroads so as to accept as many guests as possible."
This book is for parents and children, grandparents and teachers, rabbis and cantors, educators and librarians alike.
Come into the tent, sit down, and listen to a story.
My Jewish World: An Early Childhood Music Curriculum (Book/CD set)
Music can be a wonderfully effective teaching tool for preschool aged children. My Jewish World guides teachers through the process of introducing and utilizing song in the classroom to teach Jewish values.
In her comprehensive and easy to follow book, Judy Caplan Ginsburgh includes twenty-six songs, religious and secular, that will help to facilitate an environment of fun and learning. Each song addresses important Jewish concepts and many use Hebrew words and prayers. Judy provides comments, activities, and creative ideas, specific for each song, which can be used in the classroom to learn about being Jewish every day. The importance of saying the Sh'ma each morning, learning the Hebrew words for colors, understanding body parts, and the value of cooperation are only some of the Jewish concepts touched on in the book.
In addition, Judy Ginsburgh includes a list of suggested books for many of the topics. These books help to reinforce and expand the lessons laid out in the curriculum.
With a helpful glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish terms and the companion music CD, My Jewish World is a wonderful guide to making music significant in the Jewish classroom.