Conversations: Jewish Education


Anyone interested in the future of Modern Orthodox education is likely to find the latest edition of Conversations stimulating. Whether you are a parent, a school leader or a Jewish educator you will find food for thought.

Here is the sort of the articles you can find:

– A symposium of four leading Jewish school leaders.

– Ideas for Jewish schools to save money at a time when Jewish tuition might have become too expensive for some parents. The idea is for Jewish schools to pool some of their ressources and purchases so as to shorten running costs. In the end, everybody benefits.

– An article about Samson Raphael Hirsch and secular education.

– One about Nechama Leibowitz‘s teaching technique. Apparently she was a skillful facilitator – someone who encourages students to learn and think by themselves – and a pedagogue – here the term is used to designate someone who controls what the students learn. As a teacher I found this particularly inspiring.

– An essay dealing with the challenges of fostering midot (virtues) and Derech Eretz in children.

– An article which addresses the issue of religious education for children with special needs.

– A mother’s perspective on homework for children.

The article on Jewish American literature to which I have already referred.

7 thoughts on “Conversations: Jewish Education

  1. I am not of the Modern Orthodox branch, but I am interested in anything to do with the future of our global community. I will certainly have a look at this – thank you for bringing it to our attention!


  2. Larry Lennhoff (of Eclectic Jewish Thoughts) introduced us to this periodical last year. I enjoyed reading it, though not enough to subscribe.

    Dealing with schools is a touchy one. I’m afraid some of the schools would cut programs that have really helped kids like my daughter (ex. a special resource teacher and art classes in school). I think we need more money, not fewer programs.

    • In fact when I read the article “Grassroots Resource Merging: Reflections on a Collaborative Economic Order” I thought you might be interested. The idea is not to lose on quality because the school manages to save money.
      Unfortunately it isn’t online. If you lived round the corner you could just pop in and borrow it.

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