Adolescence, one of the most change-filled periods in life, is both turbulent and exciting. New opportunities, emotions, and spiritual challenges seem to be around every corner. To our teenagers, it is important for us to convey a sense that each young person is treasured, to strengthen existing ways of helping them to cope, and to offer them new healthy ways to manage complicated feelings and choices. With a focus on building emotional and spiritual resilience, the URJ Department of Jewish Family Concerns offers The Resilience of the Soul, a work grounded in Jewish text and tradition that draws upon the wisdom of clergy, Jewish educators, pediatricians, mental health professionals, youth workers, lay leaders, and young people, themselves. This book provides essential information for Jewish communities responding to the realities of depression, eating disorder, binge drinking, substance abuse, and self-inflicted violence among teenagers. The guide includes questionnaires; needs surveys; sample programs; discussion/training guides for staff, teens, and parents; text study; best practices; related poetry, prayers, and meditations; suggestions; and referral and resource guides.
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.