This is the first step in a program of Hebrew
learning for adults with no knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet. It is
designed for English-speaking adults who primarily encounter the Hebrew
language through Jewish religious life--the prayers and Torah readings
in the synagogue, the blessings and rituals of Jewish home observances,
and words or phrases arising out of a Jewish cultural context. Adult
students who utilize this text will be able to participate more fully
in the Hebrew-language aspects of contemporary Jewish life.
These flashcards support the successful Aleph Isn't Tough text by
providing all of the Hebrew "shorashim" (roots) and vocabulary words
contained in the glossary, in the easy-to-study format of flashcards.
A Do-It-Yourself Hebrew Primer for Adults, A Prequel to Aleph Isn't Tough
Curious about Hebrew but not ready to take the plunge? A Taste of Hebrew is the perfect way to learn the letters and vowels without being overwhelmed by exercises and drills.
This is the second book in the URJ's program for Hebrew learning for adults. This program is designed for English-speaking adults who primarily encounter the Hebrew language through Jewish religious life:
Thousands of adults have learned Hebrew with the Hebrew for Adults series, of which this is Book 3. Linda Motzkin, in coordination with the URJ Hebrew Literary Task Force, uses her tried-and-true methods to build upon the knowledge developed in Books 1 and 2. Students will expand their grammar, vocabulary and comprehension by translating prayer book and biblical texts. Each chapter provides a range of different Torah texts for comparison. Extra enrichment material, such as commentary on the Torah selections, is provided as well.
This combination of exercises and stimulating content is the key to the success of this series. Bet Is for B'reishit challenges students to learn while providing interesting subject matter to keep the motivated. With additional resources like a full glossary, verb lists and grammar charts, Bet Is for B'reishit is the next step for any adult on the path to becoming a Hebrew-literate Jew.
Tav Is For Torah picks up where Bet Is For B'reishit leaves off. In this fourth book in Linda Motzkin's Hebrew for Adults series, students will put all the skills they have learned to use. Through translation exercises, students will expand their vocabulary and strengthen their grammar skills. Since the beginning, the Hebrew for Adults series has used prayer book and Torah texts to create fun and interesting activities. This has given students not only a motivating way to learn Hebrew, but also a wealth of Jewish knowledge. Tav Is For Torah is designed to enable Hebrew-literate adults to become students of Torah.
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The Haftarah Commentary is a comprehensive new translation of the weekly selections from the Prophets and Writings, complete with meticulously cantillated Hebrew text, commentary and translations, essays, gleanings from sources modern and ancient, notes, glossary, bibliography, and additional selections for use as alternatives to the traditional haftarot. To insure the accuracy and accessibility of the new volume, consulting editor S. David Sperling, a professor of Hebrew at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, reviewed the entire text and commentary.
Look what they're saying about The Haftarah Commentary:
"Eminently useful."--Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, CA
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.
Heads and Tales: Stories of the Sages to Enlighten Our Minds
Rabbi Edwin Goldberg's new book Heads and Tales: Stories from the Sages to Enlighten our Minds brings age-old tales to life once more. Designed as an introduction to the art of reading rabbinic literature, Heads and Tales opens the door to the creative genius of the rabbis of long ago.
Using this carefully selected collection of stories, Heads and Tales will help instill a love of Jewish stories, while also helping students gain the skills needed to be critical readers of these traditional stories. In addition, these stories demonstrate that the issues that concerned our ancestors in past generations are similar or are the same as those that concern us today. The tales found in the book, while they may have been written in years gone by, remain most relevant.
Perfect introduction to traditional text study
Texts provided in both Hebrew and English
Discussion questions included
Insightful commentary on each story
Well-suited for high school or adult education classes