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Teaching Jewish holidays in secular kindergartens in Israel is a major part of the early childhood education curriculum and often revolves around myths of heroism. The telling of these stories frequently evokes strong nationalist feelings of identification with fighting as they describe survival wars and conflicts in which the heroes are mostly male fighters and Jewish victory over the enemy is celebrated. Thus the teaching of the holidays hidden agenda strengthens ceremonial, patriarchal and national ideas. This paper proposes a number of educational alternatives in accordance with critical feminist pedagogy and Jewish values of social justice. The article focuses on three major holidays: Hanukah, Purim and Passover. It shows in each one of them the conventional reading of the holiday which is the traditional way it is being taught in secular kindergartens, the holiday through a critical feminist pedagogy lens and application in early childhood classrooms.
Updated: May. 15, 2016
The International Council of Jewish Women is launching a new and interactive Bible Study Program for women all over the world, written by Dr. Bonna Devora Haberman for Bar Ilan University’s Rappaport Center for Assimilation Research and Strengthening Jewish Vitality. The program is entitled 'The Five Books of Moses: Contemporary Issues and Classic Perspectives.'
Updated: Jun. 08, 2009
The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance aims to expand the spiritual, ritual, intellectual and political opportunities for women within the framework of halakha, advocating meaningful participation and equality for women in family life, synagogues, houses of learning and Jewish communal organizations to the full extent possible within halakha. The JOFA website is a centralized location for resources pertaining to women and halakha included in the online library.
Updated: May. 07, 2009
This issue of 614 HBI eZINE examines the Bat Mitzva ceremony. Is it an important rite of passage into a Jewish life or a staged, pressured or even forced and uncomfortable event? The editors asked: What would it take to create a ceremony with meaningful rituals that left girls feeling truly connected to Judaism? This issue presents some of the solutions, opinions, and stories rounded up to spark the conversation.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2009
The Jewish Women's Archive is a national non-profit organization based in Brookline, MA, whose mission is to uncover, chronicle, and transmit the rich history of Jewish women in North America. The Jewish Women's Archive presents the stories, struggles, and achievements of Jewish women in North America It has an extensive on-line collection of multimedia web exhibits on Jewish women, and a 'Virtual Archive', a guide to archival collections across the USA related to Jewish women. The 'Virtual Archive' contains descriptions of over 730 collections and short biographies of nearly 500 women who are featured in these collections.
Updated: Sep. 11, 2008
This article explores how a group of women in the Former Soviet Union grapple with questions of Jewish identity and Jewish 'authenticity' as they participate in an adult Jewish learning program that employs methods of feminist pedagogy and transformative learning. The study reflects on areas of dissonance between the transformational learning process and the tenacity of the women's world assumptions that are shaped by background, history, and worldview.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2008