Search results for: History of Jewish education
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While the Final Solution was instituted throughout Europe, this paper will focus on the inhabitants of the Kovno Ghetto. As they faced extermination, Kovno Jews risked their lives to create detailed records including: lists and accounts of people killed, diagrams of the camp, artwork, journals, and photographs of the events in the camp. One act of defiance chronicled in the photographs and writings was the hidden school system that the Jews conducted to exercise one of the few powers they possessed, the power to preserve their culture. The history of clandestine schools is outlined using the diary of Avraham Tory, excerpts of the diaries of students, historical information provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and other historical resources.
Updated: Jun. 17, 2015
This article explores the career of Jacob Behrman (1921–2012) and the growth of Behrman House from a small Jewish bookseller to the leading publisher of Jewish religious school textbooks. Behrman’s success owed in part to his ability to appeal to the vast center, to gauge correctly his consumers’ needs and reflect their outlook and values, to eschew partisanship and play down ideological differences, and to swim with the tide.
Updated: May. 12, 2015
Educational Attitudes and Language Choice at the Birth of a Progressive Yiddish-language Folks Shule in Argentina
This paper discusses the Yiddish-language foundational act of the Max Nordau shule in La Plata, Argentina. It also discusses the historical and political context of the school’s foundation and the founders’ educational attitudes toward progressive education and Yiddish as the language of instruction and daily use. The paper reveals insights gained from a study of the Yiddish language foundational act document, such as the importance of Jewish elementary education for the survival of Jewish culture and the transmission to children of a strong Jewish identity.
Updated: Sep. 23, 2014
Theories of Americanization and the Jewish Educational Experience in the United States (From the Turn of the 20th Century to the Late 1930's)
In a recent treatise on the 'Historiography of American Jewish Education' the author (Krasner, 2011a, p. 117) quoted Sarna's critique on 'the death of high caliber scholarship on the history of American Jewish Education' (Sarna, 1998, p. 8). Indeed, the aim of this study is an historical-analytical exposition of 'Theories of Americanization' referring to Jewish education at one of the major crossroads in the United States of America, the latter years of the 19th century and early part of the 20th century.
Updated: Sep. 23, 2014
This review will stick with scholarly publications on Jewish religious education of the highest quality that have appeared in the past decade and that are also accessible in their style for all sorts of readers. In other words, although the books in question represent the best in the academic study of Jewish education, they share the virtue of being engaging and useful resources for a wider audience. Furthermore, the review will identify three areas and discuss at least one representative book from each category. Those categories are: History, Identity, and Setting. There is also one book that encompasses all of the previous domains and that presents an in-depth transnational survey of Jewish education
Updated: Jan. 15, 2014
In 2011, Professor Jonathan Krasner published a book called The Benderly Boys and American Education, a most important piece of historical writing about American Jewish education. Here Krasner brings his comprehensive historical perspective to the PEJE’s Sustainable Stories series, offering some useful context about the notion of communal obligation and Jewish day school.
Updated: Dec. 23, 2013
The present study deals with one of the greatest rabbis of the Middle East in the modern period, Rabbi Isaac Aboulafia, Chief Rabbi of the Damascus community between 1883 and 1895, in his role as educational revolutionary. The study examines the relationship of Aboulafia to the Alliance Israélite Universelle and to the issue of modern education as it arose with the renewal of the society’s activity in Damascus in 1880, after a lapse of about ten years.
Updated: Apr. 29, 2013
There are two key issues associated with assessment in educational settings: the goals of assessment and the techniques employed in assessment. In this paper, Levi Cooper explores some of the stated goals of formal assessment in traditional Jewish educational institutions.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2012
Levenson presents Nehama Leibowitz (1903-1997) as a principal figure in making the Bible a centerpiece of modern Jewish intellectual life. Complementing the already impressive literature on Leibowitz's pedagogical techniques, Levenson emphasizes the interdependence of Leibowitz's historical context, biography, and exegetical stance. Leibowitz's encounter with German intellectual life 1919-1930 gave her a means of synthesizing her early traditional upbringing with her later encounter with modernized culture in Israel. Leibowitz's inclusion of German commentators such as Hirsch, Buber-Rosenzweig, and Jacob mark her as a conscious modernist. The New Literary Criticism's focus on the received text allowed her to deploy heterodox and non-Zionist commentators with whom she was ideologically at odds.
Updated: Mar. 31, 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