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A Jewish Approach to Discipline

Jewish values and practical strategies for improving classroom discipline in supplemental religious schools

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Introduction to Midrash (5th Grade and Up)

This lesson about the Garden of Eden encourages students to generate their own midrash. It models an approach that can be applied to other Torah texts.

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Herzl Play, Monologue and Activities (Grades 4-7)

A play and activities on the life and values of Zionist pioneer Theodor Herzl

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Parsing the Meeting of Jacob and Esau

Text study and discussion questions on the reunion of Jacob and Esau after decades of separation

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Classroom Management and Lesson Planning

This manual provides practical suggestions and tools for lesson planning and classroom management. It includes excellent resources for bringing a “multiple intelligences” awareness into classrooms.

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A Version of Israel's Secular Shabbat -- Via a Song

The upbeat, jazzy Israeli song Shabbat Ba’boker  is a Shabbat song with no reference to ritual or practice. But in a way that only an Israeli song can express, it communicates a deep sense of how joyous the Sabbath can be.

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How to Make Yom Kippur Meaningful for Our Children

Yom Kippur is probably the most challenging holiday to explain meaningfully on a child's level. Rabbi Devorah Bartnoff, z”l, offers goals and techniques for teaching and experiencing Yom Kippur. 

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A Guide to Talking about Israel in your Congregation

Rabbi Toba Spitzer shares detailed guidelines and best practices on communal discussions around Israel.

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Trees of the Bible

There are many trees mentioned in the Bible. Here is a list of some of them and where you can find them. 

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