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Six leading scholars—representing Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and secular perspectives—formulate their variant models of an ideal Jewish education for the contemporary world. This book addresses the multiple challenges of the open society to Jewish continuity by considering different versions of Jewish education appropriate for our time. It emphasizes the continuity of theory and practice, translating theory into practice as well as articulating theory embodied in practice. The book shows how all religious and ethnic communities might deepen the impact of their educational programs.
Part I. The Vision Project: 1. Envisioning Jewish education; 2. The project in operation; 3. Six visions: an overview; Part II: 4. Visions in detail: what must a Jew study and why? Isadore Twersky; 5. Jewish studies in Israel from a liberal-secular perspective Menachem Brinker; 6. We are as those who dream: an agenda for an ideal Jewish education Moshe Greenberg; 7. Reflections on the educated Jew from the perspective of reform Judaism Michael A. Meyer; 8. Educated Jews: common elements Michael Rosenak; 9. The concept of the educated person: with some applications to Jewish education Israel Scheffler; Part III. Visions in Context: 10. The art of translation Seymour Fox; 11. Before the gates of the school: an experiment in developing educational vision from practice Daniel Marom; Conclusion: the courage to envision.