Faith-Based Ideological School System in Israel: Between Particularism and Modernity

  • Zehavit GrossEmail author


The aim of this chapter is to analyze state religious education (SRE) in Israel as a faith-based ideological school. SRE maintains a modern, orthodox ideology that is interpreted through a pedagogical philosophy, which strives to combine religious life and education with secular studies with the aim of preparing students to participate and function within the secular modern world. The article analyzes the different educational tenets of this system, the different educational pedagogies that were constructed within the system to cater diverse needs and the main dilemmas and challenges that SRE face. In conclusion, despite the impressive achievements of the state-religious schooling system in accomplishing its seminal goals, three principal criticisms are levelled at the system. These discussed in detail in the paper, which can serve as a case study for other faith based schools worldwide.


Citizenship Curriculum Epistemic authority Indoctrination National Curriculum Worthwhile activities State religious education Faith based school Modern education Nationalist education Ideological schools Ideology Values Enlightenment Secular education Civic education Inclusive education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationBar-llan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael

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