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Lessons from Mapping Jewish Education
By Amy L. Sales
These are key lessons taken from the study Mapping Jewish Education. The future strength and vitality of American Jewry depend on the quality of Jewish education being offered today. Children and youth need to develop an appreciation for the richness of Jewish tradition and they need to acquire Jewish knowledge and skills. This learning will occur only if there are educational opportunities that attract, teach, and inspire. In order to identify and understand such opportunities, the Jim Joseph Foundation
commissioned Brandeis University to map the world of Jewish education.
The mapping project focused on Jewish education from preschool through college. It included all aspects of the field: formal and informal approaches, secular and religious programs, well-established and start-up organizations, local and national structures, and initiatives concerned directly with education and those concerned with capacity building.
The work entailed: (1) interviewing the executives of national agencies and foundations concerned with Jewish youth education; (2) studying the philosophy and delivery of Jewish education in eight communities; and (3) building a database of organizations and programs devoted to Jewish youth education at the national level and in the eight communities of our study. All total, we interviewed about 170 individuals and gathered basic descriptive information on over 5,000 programs and organizations.
Funder: Jim Joseph Foundation
Coverage: United States
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Sales, Amy L. Lessons from Mapping Jewish Education. Fisher-Bernstein Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership. November 2007: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11909
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