Page 175 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 48

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HESSEL / TEXTBOOKS IN JEWISH EDUCATION
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This series presents text-workbook combinations incorporating
actual exercise pages. The emphasis is on values clarification
th rough insights into select To rah stories o r personalities.
Feldheim Publishers is dedicated to publishing material for
the O rthodox Jewish community. Feldheim and o ther trad ition­
al O rthodox publishers tailor their ou tpu t to what they perceive
the ir like-m inded clients should use. In the last decade,
Feldheim has added a Young Readers Division which attempts
to meet the demands o f the growing day school population and
the growth in the O rthodox population. Many o f its titles are
available in both Hebrew and English editions. Yaffa Ganz,
Feldheim’s most prolific writer, has p repa red numerous titles
for the very young, including
Follow the Moon: A Journey Through
the Jewish Year
and
From Head to Toe: A Book About You.
O ther
titles are
My First Brochos Book
and
The Linear Chumash.
O lder
children are offered
Our Sages Showed the Way,
volumes I
th rough IV, with stories translated from the Hebrew about
great rabbis o f the Talmud.
CENTRAL AGENCIES FOR EDUCATION
The large central agencies for Jewish education have ambi­
tious publishing programs which primarily serve their respective
constituencies. The Board o f Jewish Education o f G reater New
York prepares materials for its large day school population and
its supplementary school programs. A successful title is
My Israel,
a substantial workbook accompanied by a filmstrip o f the same
name. A recent title,
Coming of Age as a Jew,
points to the need
to involve the family in the bar/bat mitzvah experience and the
broader Jewish educational area. Bureaus in Los Angeles, Mi­
ami, Boston, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Houston and New Jersey
release books for studen t use, but most o f their resources are
instructional aids for the classroom teacher.
The Central Agency for Jewish Education in Miami, Florida,
has developed a curriculum and published a studen t handbook
and teacher’s guide for
The Borders of Israel,
by Dov Goldflam.
Its approach reflects the latest trends in educational research
and offers a perception o f Israel from the viewpoint o f the
Diaspora. The teacher’s guide is succinct and can be used in­
dependently.
The Bureau o f Jewish Education o f G reater Boston has p ro ­