Jewish Education and the Community

By Louis L. Kaplan

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Summer 1966

The author asserts that the organizational structure of Jewish education, and the auspices under which it operates, are not the problem with Jewish education. Rather, as long as Jewish education remains primarily at the elementary school level, it must necessarily fail. The emphasis must be shifted to secondary, collegiate and adult education. The goal should be a program of Jewish education for the total Jewish community, including not only all age groups, but all the richness of modern life. All Jewish communal institutions (federations, synagogues, JCCs, and others) must be partners in the effort. He advocates updating Jewish education curricula to include innovations being introduced in public schools; moving beyond facts and data and providing students with a meaningful philosophy of life; and making Jewish education explicitly relevant to modern events in the State of Israel, and in the United States (e.g. the Civil Rights movement).

Topic: Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Communal Responsibility, Modernity, Adult Education, Communal Organization, Community Centers

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 42/No. 4

Page Number(s): 303-312

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Kaplan, Louis L. Jewish Education and the Community. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1966: 303-312.


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