The National-Cultural Movement in Hebrew Education in the Mississippi Valley

By Daniel J. Elazar

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), 1993

The author highlights the important efforts of pioneer Hebraists and Hebrew educators who introduced the study, teaching, speaking and writing of Hebrew in Mississippi Valley communities in the first half of the 20th Century. Characteristic of these educators, he writes, was their strong commitment to the national-cultural view of Jewish history and peoplehood, an approach that rejected efforts at denominational fragmentation and was oriented toward the teaching of history, language, and literature as the fundaments of Jewish culture. The report discusses the communal Talmud Torah, the Midwest Federation of Hebrew Teachers and the mixed success of the national-cultural movement with higher Jewish education, among other topics. Though the national-cultural approach did not survive, the author concludes that it was this movement that resulted in the founders of the Jewish studies movement in the universities.

Topic: Peoplehood, Jewish Identification, Part-Time (Supplementary) Schools, Hebrew, Sunday Schools, Judaic Studies, Hebrew Schools, Jewish Studies

Name of Publication: Daniel Elazar On-line Library

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Elazar, Daniel J. The National-Cultural Movement in Hebrew Education in the Mississippi Valley. Daniel Elazar On-line Library. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 1993: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2532


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