Testimonials From the Classroom
"First and foremost, thanks. Really. I can not tell you what your song and video did for them. I got the energy of the room and enthusiasm of the kids to totally shift… thanks thanks thanks..."
- Lisa Bodziner, middle school
"I taught with your rap today - 10 plagues - it was a TOTAL hit! They were totally hooked. I did a few activities around the song... I have this one student that is a very angry, emotional child - and he connected better than he usually does, a lot better…"
- Ris Golden, Pardes Educator, 3rd grade classroom
Hear some Bible Raps made for the classroom by clicking here
"A very exciting and cutting edge form of Jewish education. This can be utilized in formal classroom settings or in numerous forms of informal education. One of my students took what Matt does and used it to design a really successful project for her class during student teaching. I know that it can work – and work well. The teacher doesn’t have to have any expertise with rapping to make it succeed.
- Dr. Susan Wall, Director, Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project
"I used Purim video with my 8th graders. They all loved it, went home and rewatched it and for the last two days 53 8th graders have been walking around singing “Haman whats with the attitude.” It’s amazing."
- Evan Ravski, Solomon Schechter Teacher, 8th Grade classroom
See Bible Rap Videos used in the classroom by clicking here
"I really think all of your raps are incredible teaching tools. They catch the interest of the students right away which really helps them focus on the task at hand. Your raps actually made the kids excited to learn!"
- Jenn Adler, 4th grade classroom
Bible Rap's lyrics are drawn right from the text - view here
"In one class I used “Rabbi Akiva and Raquel” as a way to learn stories of the Rabbis we were learning about... They were as focused and as quiet as I had ever seen them… Amidst visible intrigue and fun, I asked the kids why they thought I was playing these raps for them. They said, "Because we need to make Judaism ours."
- Scott Kaplan, 7th Grade classroom, Houston
"I played the song "Cain & Abel" for them, and it became an incredible locus of debate. The music spoke to them in a way I never could. They left class fired up and excited... It helps students see the Tanach from where they are, and to realize that its message is current."
- Samara Schwarz, Pardes educator, 8th grade classroom
"…All of my students are singing the Haman song. How random! They love it. The school uses it as a kind of fun treat in class. How fun!!!!....I think that you are going to make it big in this education world.
- Miriam Shamberg, Middle School, Solomon Schecter
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