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Educating in the Divine Image
Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools
Chaya Rosenfeld Gorsetman, Elana Maryles Sztokman

HBI Series on Jewish Women

Brandeis University Press
2013 • 368 pp. 18 tables 6 x 9"
Jewish Studies / Education

$40.00 Paperback, 978-1-61168-458-2
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-457-5

$39.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-459-9

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(Cloth edition is un-jacketed.
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“The material they present . . . shows just how far behind the Orthodox Jewish world is in offering equal education to women . . . the community needs to hear their voices.”—The Reporter (Vestal, NY)

An incisive look at gender inequities in Jewish day school education

Although recent scholarship has examined gender issues in Judaism with regard to texts, rituals, and the rabbinate, there has been no full-length examination of the education of Jewish children in day schools. Drawing on studies in education, social science, and psychology, as well as personal interviews, the authors show how traditional (mainly Orthodox) day school education continues to re-inscribe gender inequities and socialize students into unhealthy gender identities and relationships. They address pedagogy, school practices, curricula, and textbooks, as along with single-sex versus coed schooling, dress codes, sex education, Jewish rituals, and gender hierarchies in educational leadership. Drawing a stark picture of the many ways both girls and boys are molded into gender identities, the authors offer concrete resources and suggestions for transforming educational practice.

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“Jewish day schools, and indeed all institutions, communicate values both explicitly and implicitly. It is sometimes those values that are not stated openly, that are seemingly taken for granted, that are actually the most important. Gorsetman and Sztokman are asking the right questions to help all of us drill down to the core values that are driving our community. The two scholars approach their topic with the compassion that they seek to build into Jewish communal education. This book makes an important contribution to the field of Modern Orthodox day school education in particular, as well as creating a model for future research.” —Rabbi Jeffrey S. Fox, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivat Maharat


National Jewish Book Award for Education and Jewish Identity

CHAYA ROSENFELD GORSETMAN is clinical associate professor of education, Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University. ELANA MARYLES SZTOKMAN is executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) and author of The Men’s Section: Orthodox Jewish Men in an Egalitarian World.

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