ERIC Number: EJ834562
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Reference Count: 0
In Praise of Collaborative Encounters
Cohen, Elaine R. S.
Journal of Jewish Education, v71 n2 p219-221 May 2005
In this article, the author talks about a forum for conversation about "Visions of Jewish Education," which is a very welcome opportunity for scholars and educational practitioners to engage with one another about a matter of great consequence that lies at the heart of their work. As someone who has spent many years as an educational leader in day schools and who now benefits from a more national perspective through her professional work with the Solomon Schechter Day Schools, the author has benefited from a number of occasions to hear presentations from several of the contributors to this important volume. Most often, these have been one-time sessions at Jewish education conferences, seminars, or professional development institutes. The book "Visions of Jewish Education" brings together under one cover the ideas and perspectives of important historians and philosophers of Jewish education representing different denominational beliefs and practices. However, it is not good enough to register a "concern about the absence of women's voices." The authors all write from an understanding of Judaism as a sacred and evolving tradition, yet the editors decided to publish this volume excluding contributions by women. Here, the author stresses that conversations about how to nurture a deep attachment to a compelling and dynamic Judaism must reflect an understanding that the lens of gender deepens the dialogue.
Descriptors: Jews, Day Schools, Females, Judaism, Historians, Leaders, Cooperation, Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Philosophy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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