Family Matters: Jewish Education in an Age of Choice

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Hanover 2007 Softcover Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life 312 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. JUDAICA. A provocative look at the current state of ... Jewish eduction in the United States. 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 educa Read more Show Less

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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.
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Dr. Jonathan Woocher
"Jack Wertheimer and his colleagues have written a book of profound importance to anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of American Jewish life today. This book will spark new and richer discussion and debate among educators, parents, and policy-makers alike about how American Jews exercise their educational choices and about what the community can do to encourage choices that both satisfy those who make them and sustain a vibrant Jewish life."
Dr. Jonathan Woocher, Chief Ideas Officer, JESNA
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JACK WERTHEIMER is the Provost at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, and author of several books about American Judaism, including two published by Brandeis University Press, The American Synagogue: A Sanctuary Transformed (1995) and A People Divided: Judaism in Contemporary America (1999).
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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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