Learning and Community

Jewish Supplementary Schools in the Twenty-First Century

Jack Wertheimer

Learning and Community

Jack Wertheimer

Distributed for Brandeis University Press

400 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781584657705 Published July 2009
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.
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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