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Book Review: Cultures and Contexts of Jewish Education. Authors: Barry Chazan, Robert Chazan, and Benjamin M. Jacobs
There has long been a need for a short survey of the emergence and current condition of American Jewish education broadly conceived. Written in clear and untechnical language, accessible to lay and professional readers alike, this brisk and engaging volume fills that void very successfully. This book reaches far into the Jewish past to chart the interaction between two Jewish educational and social visions.
Updated: Jul. 11, 2019
Book Review: Cultures and Contexts of Jewish Education. Authors: Barry Chazan, Robert Chazan, Benjamin Jacobs
Behind a dry title, the slim Cultures and Contexts of Jewish Education offers the reader an excellent concise review of Jewish history from the Bible to the present. The authors draw on their respective areas of expertise to situate Jewish educational models over time within broader patterns of Jewish society and close with a surprising indictment of 20th century American Jewish education along with an optimistic educational proposal for the uncertain Jewish future of those “most engaged with modernity and its challenges” (p. xxii).
Updated: Oct. 25, 2017
A new book makes a compelling case and charts the course towards a “person-centered” approach to Israel education. Written by Dr. Barry Chazan, A Philosophy of Israel Education: A Relational Approach aims to assist educators and academics to engage learners in a variety of viewpoints and experiences as they build personal relationships with Israel. The book is available as a no cost ebook.
Updated: Dec. 14, 2016
About 'Journeys of Hope: Ethiopian Jews Following the Paths of Education, Academic Studies, and Success'
Dr. Esther Kalnisky of Achva College and the MOFET Institute introduces the newly published book: Journeys of Hope: Ethiopian Jews in the Paths of Education, Academic Studies, and Success by Esther Kalnisky, Shosh Millet, and Nahum Cohen all of whom have been involved in teacher education for many years, particularly in the training of students who either immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia or were born in Israel to native Ethiopian parents. The book tells the moving story of the Ethiopian Jews' journey to Israel – a journey fraught with hardships – as well as their encounter with everyday life in the new land with its dual elements of spiritual elation and disappointment.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2015
Book Review: Jon A. Levisohn and Susan P. Fendrick, Editors, Turn It and Turn It Again: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Classical Texts
In Turn It and Turn It Again: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Classical Jewish Texts, edited and published in 2013 by Jon A. Levisohn and Susan P. Fendrick, we have a volume that certainly lives up to its name. The volume provides a rich and diverse range of viewpoints on and orientations to the teaching and learning of Jewish texts, such that I feel remiss only reading it once. That the authors invoke the famous quote of Ben Bag Bag from Pirkei Avot 5:22 seems especially appropriate in the context of Levisohn and Fendrick’s anthology, given its similarity with Pirkei Avot’s ability to blend both pedagogic and ideological purposes.
Updated: May. 27, 2014
The authors––two sociologists and one historian––study the complex situation of Jewish communities in Germany integrating an immigrant population of Russian speaking Jews far more numerous than their original members based on the findings of a three-part empirical survey carried out in 2008 and 2009. For their analysis, the authors apply the concept of a transnational diaspora familiar to migration sociology. This allows them to focus on multiple origins, ties and affiliations at once. A further useful concept is that of insertion, here standing in for the more familiar one of integration. The authors, Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Olaf Glöckner & Yitzhak Sternberg, argue that integration would imply goals such as cohesion and coherence, which Germany’s Jewry today lacks.
Updated: Nov. 26, 2013
Jack Wertheimer, Ed., Learning and Community: Jewish Supplementary Schools in the Twenty-First Century: Book Review
What can we learn from 10 of the nation's best Jewish supplementary schools? Learning and Community explores this question. Five research teams, each comprised of a researcher and an advanced practitioner, used the qualitative approach of portraiture to present detailed pictures of 10 supplementary schools from around the country. The book is organized by type of school: three of the schools in the study are small schools, including an afterschool program not connected to a congregation; five are larger suburban congregational schools; and two are community high schools.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2012
With the help of readers' suggestions, Lawrence L. Langer, Michael Berenbaum, Joanne Weiner Rudof and Paula Hyman have compiled this all too brief list of writers, scholars and works. The list includes paintings, novels, memoirs, films, poems and graphic works, as well as historical studies. It provides a possible first step for those who would consider themselves Holocaust literate. The curators' intention was not to be populist, exclusive or exhaustive but to map a way into the subject.
Updated: May. 03, 2011
Gil Graff, “And You Shall Teach Them Diligently”: A Concise History of Jewish Education in the United States 1776-2000: Book Review
By publishing “And You Shall Teach Them Diligently”: A Concise History of Jewish Education in the United States 1776-2000, Gil Graff has accomplished a Herculean task. He has provided an accessible and crisp summary of the rich and variegated educational history of American Jews from the early national period to current developments, within the confines of a slim volume.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2010
Judd Kruger Levingston, Sowing the Seeds of Character: The Moral Education of Adolescents in Public and Private Schools: Book Review
In Sowing the Seeds of Character, Judd Kruger Levingston delivers far beyond the typical fare in the field of moral education literature. His work is fundamentally descriptive, offering rich data that engages the real lives of students. Assuming the role of ethnographer and using Sara Lawrence Lightfoot's Portraiture approach, Levingston's primary goal is to describe and categorize what he witnesses in approximately 10 schools of different faith traditions and student populations.
Updated: Oct. 05, 2010