December 13, 2012, 7pm
14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street, New York, NY)
Presented by: Speakers' Lab, Posen Foundation
Co-sponsored by: The New School for Public Engagement, Jewish Cultural Studies Program; Tablet; and the 14th Street Y
Zvi Bekerman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Benjamin Jacobs, New York University
Jonathan Krasner, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Tali Zelkowicz, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Bethamie Horowitz, New York University, Moderator
Free and Open to the Public
To RSVP and read panelists' statements visit: www.speakerslab.org
As enrollment declines in liberal Jewish schools, it is important to ask: is liberal Jewish education relevant to today’s students?
In the 1920s, American Jewish educators revolutionized liberal Jewish education by adopting the American school model. Previously, Jewish education was a chaotic state of kheyders and Talmud Torahs with undefined curricula and rote learning.
But today, many think it is time for a new approach. As the next generation of American Jews redefines 21st century Jewish life, scholars and educators worry that Jewish schools are failing to meet the needs of today’s students. Some scholars, among them, Benjamin Jacobs, NYU, think it is time for a progressive curriculum. In contrast, Zvi Bekerman, Director of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education, encourages schools to consider community centered educational models.
Which models are most effective for 21st century Jewish life? How do teachers and administrators adapt to the changing needs of today’s students?
Join the discussion with five leading scholars to debate new visions, models and curricula for American Jewish education.