ERIC Number: ED309874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Relationship between Jewish Early Childhood Education and Family Jewish Practices: Phase II.
Ravid, Ruth; Ginsburg, Marvell
The purpose of this study was to investigate changes in the practices of Jewish families which occurred after the first enrollment of a child in a Jewish Early Childhood Center operated by the Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago. Participants included 109 families who completed survey questionnaires at the beginning and end of the school year. The questionnaire included four scales measuring levels of family practices in four areas: Holiday Celebration, Home Content, Keeping Kashrut, and Affiliation. Results indicated a significant change in Holiday Celebration and Home Content. The most significant increase was in the celebration of Sabbath, which was observed every week in the centers. No changes were observed in Keeping Kashrut and Affiliation. It was concluded that an early childhood Jewish program which emphasized parent involvement was associated with a significant positive change in the families' Jewish practice. Participating families increased holiday celebrations and acquired more Jewish objects after they enrolled a child in a Jewish Early Childhood Center. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Chicago Board of Jewish Education, IL.