ERIC Number: ED385256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Community Based Adult Jewish Learning Program Issues and Concerns.
Flexner, Paul A.
Adult learning in the Jewish community finds its roots in history, and has received renewed attention. Learning within the religious tradition encompasses a level of thought and activity which goes far beyond the typical adult education format. The purpose of the experience is to develop structures of meaning which aid individuals in relating their own personal experiences to the larger purposes of living within a community of people. A second approach to religious learning suggests that adults are best able to find meaning in their lives by relating their own personal stories to stories of the religious community, discovering a deeper meaning and becoming more committed to the practices and observances of the community. The majority of adult Jewish learning opportunities are sponsored by community-based non-academic institutions, but there are very few sources of information about the adult learning opportunities. An adult Jewish learning program which will take advantage of the wealth of resources that exist within the community while not putting undue pressure on the existing infrastructure is proposed. It is also proposed that a community-wide taskforce be established with lay and professional representation to be charged with the development of a community-based adult Jewish learning program. The role of this taskforce is examined, the implementation process is outlined, and the role of a federal research agency is explored. (Contains 14 references.) (MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: One of eight commissioned papers presented at the conference "Public Libraries and Community-Based Education: Making the Connection for Life Long Learning." For the collected commissioned papers, see IR 017 333. For each commissioned paper separately analyzed, see IR 017 334-341.