ABOUT ALEF BET QUEST: Alef Bet Quest is the first fully integrated multi-media Hebrew primer. Students learn to decode letters and vowels from key Jewish cultural words (matzah, havdalah, yisrael, shofar, moshe) as well as commonly used Hebrew words (abba, ima, sabba, savta, mishpahah, shalom). “Clues to the Quest” in the book motivate students to use the software at home—creating additional practice time and opportunities—as they take a virtual trip through Israel on a quest for a missing golden Kiddush cup. Students practice their new decoding skills with computer-based read-aloud activities (American and Israeli accents) and online video games. They can even email their online lesson summaries to their teacher!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dina Maiben, author of Alef Bet Quest, has served as Director of Religious Education at Temple Shaari Emeth in Manalapan, NJ, since 1989. She has published extensively for both adults and children. Nationally recognized for her work in the area of Hebrew reading instruction, she is co-author of Z’man Likro (Time to Read Hebrew) and the Z’man L’Tefilah (Time for Prayer) series, as well as numerous journal articles on all aspects of the field. She is co-author of Abraham’s Great Discovery and How Tzipi the Bird Got Her Wings, and author of the Teacher's Guide for Volume 1 of The Explorer’s Bible.
A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Dina holds a B.A. in Middle East Studies: Hebrew Language and Literature from the University of Utah, and has also studied at the University of Haifa, Israel. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies at Gratz College, Philadelphia.
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