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2011
Harel-Atias N. Is pluralism a central component in the consideration of parents whose children were educated in Kol Haneshamah kindergartens when choosing a kindergarten for second or additional children?. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. 2011.
Levin-Argaman L. Long-Term Educational Zionist Shlichut in the Diaspora-The Identity Profile of the Shaliah, Motivations for Going on Shlichut and expectations of it. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. 2011.
Berman M. Pluralism in the religious-secular integrated education system in Israel: Prayer and prayer-parallels. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. 2011.
Sacher T. They who Study Torah for its Own Sake?”An inquiry into the motivations of non-Religious Adults to engage in extended and Regular Jewish Studies. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. 2011.
Cohen M. Three Presentations of the Jacob/Esau story, Genesis 25-27, and how they reflect different educational approaches to peshat, Biblical characters, and Bible studies. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. 2011.
Eliram E. Rituals mediated by video conference. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. 2011.
Kol Hamercaz
Kol Hamercaz. 2011;(January 2011).PDF icon Kol Hamercaz Jan2011.pdf
International Handbook of Jewish Education
Pomson A, Grant LD, Miller H ed. International Handbook of Jewish Education. (Pomson A, Grant LD, Miller H).; 2011. Buy itAbstract

The International Handbook of Jewish Education, a two volume publication, brings together scholars and practitioners engaged in the field of Jewish Education  and its cognate fields world-wide. Their submissions make a significant  contribution to our knowledge of the field of Jewish Education as we start the second decade of the 21st century.  The Handbook is divided broadly into four main sections: Vision and Practice: focusing on issues of philosophy, identity and planning –the big issues of Jewish Education.Teaching and Learning: focusing on areas of curriculum and engagementApplications, focusing on the ways that Jewish Education is transmitted in particular contexts, both formal and informal, for children and adults.Geographical, focusing on historical, demographic, social and other issues that are specific to a region or where an issue or range of issues can be compared and contrasted between two or more locations.This comprehensive collection of articles providing high quality content, constitutes a difinitive statement  on the state of Jewish Education world wide, as well as through a wide variety of lenses and contexts. It is written in a style that is accessible to a global community of academics and professionals.

International Handbook of Migration, Minorities and Education
Bekerman Z, Geisen T ed. International Handbook of Migration, Minorities and Education. (Bekerman Z, Geisen T). Springer Netherlands; 2011. Buy itAbstract

First international effort which challenges the discourse of culture in minority/migrant educational policy and practice

An important contribution to critical educational theory which focuses on ‘the social’ and ‘the in-between’.

Over 40 theoretical and empirical studies which cover more than 20 locations in Europe, America, Australia and Asia.

Migrants and minorities are always at risk of being caught in essentialized cultural definitions and being denied the right to express their cultural preferences because they are perceived as threats to social cohesion. Migrants and minorities respond to these difficulties in multiple ways — as active agents in the pedagogical, political, social, and scientific processes that position them in this or that cultural sphere. On the one hand, they reject ascribed cultural attributes while striving towards integration in a variety of social spheres, e.g. school and workplace, in order to achieve social mobility. On the other hand, they articulate demands for cultural self-determination. This discursive duality is met with suspicion by the majority culture. For societies with high levels of migration or with substantial minority cultures, questions related to the meaning of cultural heterogeneity and the social and cultural limits of learning and communication (e.g. migration education or critical multiculturalism) are very important. It is precisely here where the chances for new beginnings and new trials become of great importance for educational theorizing, which urgently needs to find answers to current questions about individual freedom, community/cultural affiliations, and social and democratic cohesion. Answers to these questions must account for both ‘political’ and ‘learning’ perspectives at the macro, mezzo, and micro contextual levels. The contributions of this edited volume enhance the knowledge in the field of migrant/minority education, with a special emphasis on the meaning of culture and social learning for educational processes.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » acceptance - adaptation - assimilation - belonging - conflict of cultures - cultural - culture - differences - education - educational research - emancipation - ethnic - exclusion - governance - heterogeneity - immigrants - integration - international - learning - learning process - migration - minorities - minority education - multiculturalism - networks - recognition - school policies - schooling - self-determination - social - social change - social cohesion - social learning - social limits - social mobility - socialisation - transculturality

Related subjects » Education & Language - Population Studies - Social Sciences

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2010
Galili-Schachter I. Hermeneutics in Teaching: The case of Jewish Thought. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. 2010.
Wolf M. Negotiating the Boundary: Exploring Identities during Israel Experience Mifgashim. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. 2010.
Ben-Dor D. Teaching about Christianity in Israel. The Melton Centre for Jewish Education. 2010.
A Beloved-Despised Tradition Modern Jewish Identity and Neo-Hasidic Writing at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century
Ross N. A Beloved-Despised Tradition Modern Jewish Identity and Neo-Hasidic Writing at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century. The Bialik Institute Publishing House; 2010. Buy itAbstract

רוס, ניחם, מסורת אהובה ושנואה: זהות יהודית מודרנית וכתיבה ניאו חסידית בפתח המאה העשרים, הוצאת אוניברסיטת בן גוריון בנגב, באר שבע תש"ע

הנה תמצית הספר

 

ספר זה בוחן אהדה רומנטית מודרנית לתנועה החסידית כפי שהופיעה בפתח המאה העשרים. כמו למשל בעיבודים אמנותיים חדשים לסיפורי חסידים או בהיסטוריוגרפיה מוקדמת של החסידות. החיבור מוצא מכנה-משותף אידיאולוגי ביצירות ניאו-חסידיות של מרטין בובר, י"ל פרץ, ברדיצ'בסקי והורדצקי ומציג את התדמית הרומנטית שהודבקה לחסידות כנסיון מגמתי לנסח בהשראתה של החסידות איפק אקטואלי של זהות יהודית אלטרנטיבית, מודרנית במהותה, ואנטי-רבנית

A Case Study of Jewish Day School Leadership: How Way Leads on the Way
Pomson A. A Case Study of Jewish Day School Leadership: How Way Leads on the Way. PEJE; 2010. Buy itAbstract

A Case Study of Jewish Day School Leadership: How Way Leads on to Way surfaces core challenges confronting Jewish day schools today: how schools can develop productive ways of working with one another and with other communal agencies; how leadership transition can enable the healthy renewal of institutions; how the conditions of financial sustainability might be cultivated in schools; and how day schools can contribute positively to the ecosystems of Jewish communal life. This groundbreaking publication was featured at the 2010 PEJE Assembly for Advancing the Jewish Day School Field.

At Home in the World: Human nature, ecological thought and education after Darwin
Schwartz E. At Home in the World: Human nature, ecological thought and education after Darwin. Suny Press; 2010. Buy itAbstract

Challenging conventional understanding of humans as selfish and competitive at their core, At Home in the World asserts that we have evolved as a profoundly social species, biologically related to the rest of the natural world, and at home on the only planet for which we are adapted to live. Eilon Schwartz traces the history of Darwinism, examining attempts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to apply Darwin's theories to educational philosophy and analyzing trends since the reemergence of Darwinism toward the end of the twentieth century. Identifying with the Darwinian interpretations of Peter Kropotkin, John Dewey, and Mary Midgley, Schwartz argues for a compelling educational philosophy rooted in our best scientific understandings of human nature.

Deitcher H, Pomson A. Jewish Day Schools Worldwide: Achievements, Challenges and Aspirations.; 2010.
Where's my Miracle?
Schwartz M. Where's my Miracle?. Gefen Publishing House; 2010. Buy itAbstract

At one time or another every person of faith asks himself questions like these: What must I do to deserve some Divine intervention in my life? Is there anyone really listening to my prayers? When do miracles happen, and when do they not? Where s my miracle? Am I not worthy? Here is a fresh, new, thought-provoking approach to the eternal mystery of the miracle, based on the multiple texts found in Jewish tradition as well as lessons learned from experience. The Al Aksa Intifada and its bloody consequences serve as backdrop for the many important messages about belief contained in this book. The Intifada forced Jews and rabbinic leaders to actively confront the difficult philosophical questions that arose in the wake of continual, random acts of violence in Israel. Having made aliyah just weeks before the onset of the bloody violence, the author took note of the reactions of survivors and spiritual leaders throughout the years of violence and was struck with the pat, simplistic, and often not-well-thought-out reactions and explanations offered by Israeli spiritual leaders to give meaning and purpose to the violence. Rabbi Morey Schwartz, an only child, orphaned by age twenty, has spent more than twenty years searching for a satisfying answer to his personal misfortune. Searching traditional Jewish responses, he never found a response that addressed his need to believe in a benevolent, merciful and all-powerful divine being, while simultaneously honoring what he considers his right to understanding. To believe in a God that was less than all-powerful seemed pointless, and to accept that we just cannot understand seemed to be meaningless. The author, is a graduate of Yeshiva University and Bernard Revel Graduate School, and musmach of the Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan Theological Seminary. During his twelve years in the American rabbinate, helping others to deal with suffering and loss, the author found himself expressing a refreshing theological approach to this question, one which has helped countless individuals work through these difficult issues in their own lives. The book provides a look at the way the sages dealt with the suffering of the innocent throughout the centuries, providing the reader with easy to read rabbinic texts arranged in a text and counter-text format, for the purpose of presenting multiple Jewish approaches to some very difficult questions. In addition, the author provides a new, inspiring way of looking at the whole business of miracles. The age-old idea that miracles arise for those who deserve them is reconsidered, and a whole new perspective on the function and incidence of miracles is proposed. Any person of any faith will want to read these words and ponder the Divine s role in our lives, in the good times and the bad. This book will become a source of great comfort to Jews looking for alternative Jewish approaches to suffering and to God s role in suffering. This book is a must for those who counsel, for they above all need to be sympathetic to the deep sensitivities of those who seek consolation.