Jewish Day Schools, Jewish Communities: A Reconsideration by Alex PomsonJewish Day Schools, Jewish Communities: A Reconsideration by Alex Pomson

Jewish Day Schools, Jewish Communities: A Reconsideration

EditorAlex Pomson, Howard Deitcher

Paperback | February 15, 2009

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About 350,000 Jewish children are currently enrolled in Jewish day schools, in every continent other than Antarctica. This is the first book-length consideration of life in such schools and of their relationship both to the Jewish community and to society as a whole. It provides a rich senseof how community is constructed within Jewish schools, and of how they contribute to or complicate the construction of community in the wider society. The volume reframes day-school research in three ways. First, it focuses not just on the learner in the day-school classroom but sees schools asagents of and for the community. Second, it brings a truly international perspective to the study of day schools, viewing them in relation to the socio-cultural contexts from which they emerge and where they have impact. Third, it considers day-school education in relation to insights derived fromthe study and practice of non-parochial education.This cross-cultural and genuinely comparative approach to the study of Jewish schooling draws on research from the United States, the former Soviet Union, South America, and Europe, making it possible to arrive at important and original insights into parochial Jewish schooling. With contributionsfrom outstanding scholars as well as practitioners of public education and of Jewish parochial schooling, the volume reveals conflicting conceptions of the social functions of schooling and also produces original insights into the capacity of schools to build community. The book is timely in that itstudies questions about faith-based schooling and the public good that today are as much questions of public policy as they are of academic inquiry. It will appeal first and foremost to those with a particular interest in Jewish schooling but will also attract the attention of academics andprofessionals concerned with the place of parochial education in contemporary society.
Alex Pomson is a senior lecturer at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University. Howard Deitcher is the director of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education and a senior lecturer at the School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Title:Jewish Day Schools, Jewish Communities: A ReconsiderationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1904113745

ISBN - 13:9781904113744

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