Family Matters: Jewish Education in an Age of Choice

Family Matters: Jewish Education in an Age of Choice

by Jack Wertheimer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1584656360

ISBN-13: 9781584656364

Pub. Date: 05/01/2007

Publisher: Brandeis University Press

In recent years, the high rate of intermarriage and other demographic factors have created a challenge for American Jewry: How can rabbis, policy planners, educators, and parents transmit most effectively Jewish religion, culture, and values to their children? Prior research shows that Jewish education is the one area in which communal leaders and lay people can

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In recent years, the high rate of intermarriage and other demographic factors have created a challenge for American Jewry: How can rabbis, policy planners, educators, and parents transmit most effectively Jewish religion, culture, and values to their children? Prior research shows that Jewish education is the one area in which communal leaders and lay people can act to make a positive difference in the future cultural transmission of Judaism. Family Matters offers groundbreaking essays on Jewish education by scholars drawn from anthropology, education, history, and sociology. Essays by Steven M. Cohen, Sylvia Barack Fishman, Shaul Kelner, Jeffrey S. Kress, Alex Pomson, Riv-Ellen Prell, and Jack Wertheimer range from interviews about educational decisions with families, teenagers, and Jewish educators to sweeping new statistical data about the actual state of Jewish education in American cities. Making new links among parents, community, and Jewish schools, Family Matters is a vital study in the sociology of the contemporaryAmerican Jewish community.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584656364
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Series:
Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments Contributors Parental Choices Family Formation, Educational Choice, and American Jewish Identity - Riv-Ellen Prell The Differential Impact of Jewish Education on Adult Jewish Identity - Steven M. Cohen Jewish Education as a Family Matter Who Is Being Taught? Early Childhood Education's Adult-Centered Approach - Shaul Kelner Why Jewish Parents Send Their Children to Day Schools - Steven M. Cohen and Shaul Kelner Schools for Parents: What Parents Want and What They Get from Their Children's Jewish Day School - Alex Pomson Expectations, Perceptions, and Preconceptions: How Jewish Parents Talk about "Supplementary" Religious Education - Jeffrey S. Kress Generating Jewish Connections: Conversations with Jewish Teenagers, Their Parents, and Jewish Educators and Thinkers - Sylvia Barack Fishman The Communal Dimension Cultures of Jewish Education: How Communities Address Local Educational Needs - Jack Wertheimer Toward the Study of Community Eff ects on Jewish Engagement: The Case of Educational Enrollment - Shaul Kelner and Steven M. Cohen Conclusion Index

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