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Cultures and Contexts of Jewish Education

  • Examines Jewish education from biblical times to the contemporary world

  • Combines the methodological skill sets of a historian of education, a philosopher of education, and a cultural historian

  • Rooted in primary and secondary Jewish and non Jewish sources

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Barry Chazan, Robert Chazan, Benjamin M. Jacobs
    Pages 1-30
  3. Barry Chazan, Robert Chazan, Benjamin M. Jacobs
    Pages 31-58
  4. Barry Chazan, Robert Chazan, Benjamin M. Jacobs
    Pages 59-82
  5. Barry Chazan, Robert Chazan, Benjamin M. Jacobs
    Pages 83-115
  6. Barry Chazan, Robert Chazan, Benjamin M. Jacobs
    Pages 117-140
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 141-159

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the history of Jewish education from the Biblical period to the present. It traces how Jews have formally and informally transmitted their culture and worldview over the years, with particular attention to the shift from premodernity to modernity and to the unique opportunities and challenges of contemporary American Jewish education. Its authors combine historical background and insight with educational expertise to provide a robust portrait of the cultures and contexts of Jewish education and address possibilities for the future. 

Keywords

Jewish history Biblical period to present pedagogy Hebrew bible theology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Hebrew University of Jerusalem Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and LeadershipChicagoUSA
  2. 2.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.The George Washington UniversityWashington, District of ColumbiaUSA

About the authors

Barry Chazan is Professor Emeritus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Professor of Education at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership, USA.

Robert Chazan is S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, USA.

Benjamin M. Jacobs is Visiting Associate Professor in the Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts program at The George Washington University, USA.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“I recommend this work as an important and landmark study on the social and political history of Jewish education, particularly in an American context. … it is successful not only in conveying the cultures and contexts of a particularly Jewish education but also, by implication, many of the shared cultures and contexts of religious education in the American context, influenced as it is by the twin realities of religious freedom and the separation of Church and State.” (Amy Lindeman Allen, Religious Education, Vol. 114 (5), 2019)

“The slim Cultures and Contexts of Jewish Education offers the reader an excellent concise review of Jewish history from the Bible to the present. … All interested in developing richer language and more robust analytic tools for considering the challenges of contemporary Jewish education will benefit from reading this slim book.” (Menachem Hecht, Bookjed Digest 164, listserv.biu.ac.il, Vol. 164, 2017)