Learning and Community: Jewish Supplementary Schools in the Twenty-First Century [NOOK Book]

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At a time of heightened interest in Jewish supplementary schooling, this volume offers a path-breaking examination of how ten diverse schools have remade themselves to face the new challenges of the twenty-first century. Each written by an academic observer with the help of an experienced educator, the chapters bring these schools vividly to life by giving voice to students, parents, teachers, school directors, lay leaders, local rabbis and other key participants.

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Learning and Community: Jewish Supplementary Schools in the Twenty-First Century

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Overview

At a time of heightened interest in Jewish supplementary schooling, this volume offers a path-breaking examination of how ten diverse schools have remade themselves to face the new challenges of the twenty-first century. Each written by an academic observer with the help of an experienced educator, the chapters bring these schools vividly to life by giving voice to students, parents, teachers, school directors, lay leaders, local rabbis and other key participants.

The goal of the book is to uncover the building blocks each school put into place to improve its delivery of a Jewish education. Employing qualitative research, Learning and Community is filled with moving and inspiring human-interest stories. Collectively, these portraits offer models of how schools of different sizes and configurations can maximize their impact, and in the process revitalize the form of religious and cultural education that engages the majority of Jewish children in the United States.

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“Wertheimer and his colleagues have made a significant contribution to the field of Jewish education. This is an important book to both study and use with practitioners, professionals, and lay leaders.” —H-JUDAIC
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Meet the Author

JACK WERTHEIMER is Professor of American Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. He is the editor of Family Matters: Jewish Education in an Age of Choice (2007) and Imagining the American Jewish Community (2008). This research project was sponsored by the AVI CHAI Foundation.
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction
INNOVATIVE SMALL SCHOOLS
Kehillah – Isa Aron with Nachama Skolnik Moskowitz
The Power of Their Commitments: Lessons for the Jewish Community from a Small Synagogue School – Susan L. Shevitz with Marion Gribetz
Between Entrepreneurship and Jewish Mission: The Making of a Chabad Hebrew School – Jack Wertheimer with Serene Victor
RE-THINKING LARGE SUBURBAN CONGREGATIONAL SCHOOLS
Belonging Before Belief – Harold Wechsler with Cyd Beth Weissman
Adath Shalom Religious School: Strengths, Challenges, and Transitions – Randal F. Schnoor with Billy Mencow
Innovating Inside the Box: An Ongoing Process to Improve a Congregational School – Susan L. Shevitz with Marion Gribetz
Promoting a Counterculture – Harold Wechsler with Cyd Beth Weissman
Beit Knesset Hazon: A Visionary Synagogue – Isa Aron with Nachama Skolnik Moskowitz
HIGH SCHOOL MODELS
Western Hebrew High: A Place for Social Belonging and Personal Meaning – Randal F. Schnoor with Billy Mencow
Putting the School Back into the Supplementary Jewish High School – Jack Wertheimer with Serene Victor
Conclusion
Index
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