Furthering Pluralistic Jewish Education in Israel: An Evaluation of the Meitarim School Network

By Ezra Kopelowitz, Stephen Markowitz

Research Success Technologies, March 2010

This report offers an evaluation of Meitarim, an educational network which promotes pluralistic Jewish education in Israel. Meitarim seeks to address the increasing social divide between secular and religious Jews, with Israeli schools serving as a major source of the problem. In the span of seven years, the Meitarim Network has grown from one school with 60 students to a national network including 14 kindergartens, 17 schools, and two post high school Jewish leadership institutions with approximately 4000 students. Meitarim has also succeeded in pushing the Knesset to support a third stream of pluralistic Jewish schools. The report was commissioned by the Schusterman Foundation Israel which supports and encourages the development of Jewish pluralism in Israel. It has been funding the Meitarim network since its inception.

The report, prepared by Research Success Technologies, focuses on the ability of each of the Meitarim educational institutions to create and sustain a "pluralistic Jewish culture". A pluralistic Jewish culture is defined as the development of an authentic Judaism that is compelling and meaningful to teachers, students and parents, which at the same time assumes the value of dialogue – that is interaction between Jews from different backgrounds. Dialogue, includes the development of self-awareness and knowledge of the other. This evaluation examines the implementation of the Meitarim vision for pluralistic Jewish education. Specifically, it looks at what is the nature of Jewish pluralism at a Meitarim school? And, what are the conditions that must exist on the ground for a pluralistic Jewish school to thrive?

Topic: Pluralism, Education, Program Evaluation, Discourse and Dialogue

Funder: Schusterman Foundation Israel

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kopelowitz, Ezra. Markowitz, Stephen. Furthering Pluralistic Jewish Education in Israel: An Evaluation of the Meitarim School Network. Research Success Technologies. March 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4525


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