Conference on Pluralistic Jewish Education: Trends and Challenges

JULY 27-28, 2009

The connection between Jewish Education and Pluralism constitutes one of the central challenges to Jewish education in Israel and in the Diaspora. The subject is broad and multi-dimensional and there is insufficient clarity of concepts for the theoretical and practical implementation of pluralistic Jewish education. There is thus a need for an in-depth examination, from a range of educational, psychological, sociological, cultural, religious and inter-religious perspectives. In the Jewish education arena in Israel and worldwide, there are a large number of initiatives that sometimes further the theoretical discourse. In the last few years, the discussion of pluralism has been transformed from an important question into an existential issue in many countries, and this against the background of the conflicting trends of globalization, on the one hand, and the search for cultural authenticity, on the other. It is critically important to create an opportunity for deepening the dialogue between the theoretical discourse and the practical discourse, with an eye to mutual fertilization and edification from the meeting of various arenas of discourse.

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