ERIC Number: EJ1119302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Diversity, Community, and Pluralism in Jewish Community Day High Schools
Kress, Jeffrey S.
Journal of Jewish Education, v82 n4 p293-310 2016
Students in "community" (nondenominational) Jewish high schools represent a diversity of denominational affiliations, including those who affiliate with more than one denomination and those that affiliate with none. These schools strive to create communities in which students with varying Jewish beliefs and practices are, at the very least, respected and comfortable. At the same time, schools work to avoid internal Jewish communal fragmentation. In this article, the approach to diversity in three such high schools is compared. Each school, in addition to presenting an approach distinct from the others, has created opportunities for communal Jewish engagement through the enactment of practices that are rooted in Judaism and in the ethos of the school, and allow individualization within universal participation. Further, the range of approaches to Jewish diversity exhibited raises questions about pluralism as it relates to the Jewish educational goals of these schools.
Descriptors: Day Schools, Community Schools, High School Students, Judaism, Jews, Religious Education, Educational Practices, Cultural Pluralism, Beliefs, Faculty Development, Ceremonies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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