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ERIC Number: EJ828109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1524-4113
Toward a Holistic Theory of Informal Jewish Education
Shapiro, Harvey
Journal of Jewish Education, v73 n2 p137-139 May 2007
Contrary to the view that socialization ought to precede education, in this article the author suggests that social and emotional dimensions are always present in religious, educational, moral, and aesthetic collective experience. In educational settings, socialization is part of the intentional process of creating a community of learners and is not limited to induction into a group. It is a process of continual belonging and becoming. Thus, the author suggests that deepening informal educational experiences requires attention to the simultaneous confluence of social and educational dimensions of human experience, rather than their linear sequence. While content of informal Jewish education can include active Hebrew usage, interpretive possibilities of Jewish art, wrestling with Jewish and moral choices made by figures in the Bible or Talmud, applications of mitsvot that influence the Jewish nature of social relationships, or the drama of Jewish historical experience, the author argues less for a specific content than for deliberate choices and commitments to a content-rich vision for informal Jewish education. This commitment along with close attention to context and process will help educators both acquire and provide the keys to meaningful Jewish experiences of lasting value.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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