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ERIC Number: EJ938401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1524-4113
"A Dream Not Quite Come True:" Reassessing the Benderly Era in Jewish Education
Stern, Miriam Heller
Journal of Jewish Education, v70 n3 p16-26 2004
"What is Jewish education [?] I have been trying for 32 years to find out what it is, but I am still looking." In 1931 these were humble words from the mouth of Samson Benderly, one of the leading thinkers and actors in American Jewish education of his time and of the twentieth century overall--someone whom one might presume had all of the answers to the Jewish educational quandaries of the day. In this paper, the author presents a reexamination of Benderly's quest to define Jewish education for the American context in the early twentieth century. This paper offers various ways of explaining the historical puzzles of the Benderly era in order to explore the relationship between theory and practice in Jewish educational reform. The historical record of this period has been dominated and limited by accounts told from Benderly's perspective or the Benderly Boys, including Nathan Winter's biography of Benderly, "Jewish Education in a Pluralist Society" (1965), and the writings of his disciples, such as Alexander Dushkin, Isaac Berkson, Leo Honor, and others. (Contains 41 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland