Beyond Jewish Identity: Rethinking Concepts and Imagining Alternatives

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Show simple item record Levisohn, Jon A. Kelman, Ari Y. 2020-05-22T17:46:48Z 2020-05-22T17:46:48Z 2019-09
dc.identifier.citation BEYOND JEWISH IDENTITY; Levisohn, J. A.; Y, K. A., Eds.; ACADEMIC STUDIES PRESS: S.l., 2019.
dc.identifier.other 978-1-644691-17-5
dc.description.abstract There is something deeply problematic about the ways that Jews, particularly in America, talk about “Jewish identity” as a desired outcome of Jewish education. For many, the idea that the purpose of Jewish education is to strengthen Jewish identity is so obvious that it hardly seems worth disputing—and the only important question is which kinds of Jewish education do that work more effectively or more efficiently. But what does it mean to “strengthen Jewish identity”? Why do Jewish educators, policy-makers and philanthropists talk that way? What do they assume, about Jewish education or about Jewish identity, when they use formulations like “strengthen Jewish identity”? And what are the costs of doing so? This volume, the first collection to examine critically the relationship between Jewish education and Jewish identity, makes two important interventions. First, it offers a critical assessment of the relationship between education and identity, arguing that the reification of identity has hampered much educational creativity in the pursuit of this goal, and that the nearly ubiquitous employment of the term obscures significant questions about what Jewish education is and ought to be. Second, this volume offers thoughtful responses that are not merely synonymous replacements for “identity,” suggesting new possibilities for how to think about the purposes and desired outcomes of Jewish education, potentially contributing to any number of new conversations about the relationship between Jewish education and Jewish life. Contributors: Netta Avineri, Sarah Bunin Benor, Eli Gottlieb, Ari Y. Kelman, Shaul Kelner, Jonathan Krasner, Jon A. Levisohn, Shaul Magid, Samira K. Mehta, Lee Moore, Katka Reszke, Jonathan Woocher, z’’l, Tali Zelkowicz
dc.description.sponsorship Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Academic Studies Press
dc.rights © Academic Studies Press, 2019
dc.subject Jewish education
dc.subject Jewish identity
dc.subject American Judaism
dc.subject outcomes of Jewish education
dc.subject educational purposes
dc.subject teaching and learning
dc.title Beyond Jewish Identity: Rethinking Concepts and Imagining Alternatives
dc.type Book

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