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



Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life

Brandeis University Press
2009 • 400 pp. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Education / Jewish Studies

$40.00 Paperback, 978-1-58465-770-5
$34.99 Ebook, 978-1-58465-829-0

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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

Rich ethnographies of Jewish supplementary schools drawn from every region in the U.S.

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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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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