HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal


by RAVSAK Staff Issue: The Educated Jew
This column features books, articles and websites, recommended by our authors and people from the RAVSAK network, pertaining to the theme of the current issue of HaYidion for readers who want to investigate the topic in greater depth.

Books / Studies

Block, Peter. Community: The Structure of Belonging.

Brown, Erica. The Case for Jewish Peoplehood: Can We Be One?

Darling-Hammond, Linda. The Right to Learn.

Emmons, Robert A. Thanks: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.

Fogarty, R. How to Integrate the Curricula.

Fox, Seymour with William Novak. Vision at the Heart: Lessons from Camp Ramah on the Power of Ideas in Shaping Educational Institutions.

Fox, Seymour, Scheffler, Israel, and Marom, Daniel, eds. Visions of Jewish Education.

Fullan, Michael. Leading in a Culture of Change.

Ibid. The New Meaning of Educational Change.

Holtz, Barry. Textual Knowledge: Teaching the Bible in Theory and Practice.

Kohl, Herbert. Growing Minds: On Becoming a Teacher.

Martin, Jane Roland. Reclaiming a Conversation: The Ideal of the Educated Woman.

Noddings, N. Educating for Intelligence Belief or Unbelief.

Pekarsky, Daniel. Vision at Work: The Theory and Practice of Beit Rabban.

Reeves, Douglas B. The Leader’s Guide to Standards.

Rinaldi, Carlina. In Dialogue with Reggio Emilia: Listening, Researchng and Learning.

Rosenak, Michael. Roads to the Palace.

Wachs, Saul P. Towards a Theory of Practice for Conducting Prayer Services That Are Meaningful.

Wheatley, Margaret. Leadership and the New Science.

Wiggins, Grant, & McTighe, Jay. Understanding by Design.

Articles / Periodicals

Buber, Martin. “The Education of Character,” in Between Man and Man.

Chazan, Barry. “The Philosophy of Informal Jewish Education,” retrieved from http://www.infed.org/informaljewisheducation/informal_jewish_education.htm.

Hirst, Paul. “Education, Knowledge, and Practices,” in Robin Barrow and Patricia White, eds., Beyond Liberal Education.

Jacobs, Jill. “From Pumbedita to Washington: Rabbinic Text, Urban Policy, and Social Reality.” Shofar, Summer 2008.

Levisohn, Jon A. “Ideas and Ideals of Jewish Education: Initiating a Conversation on Visions of Jewish Education," Journal of Jewish Education 71.

Pekarsky, Daniel. “The Place of Vision in Jewish Educational Reform,” Journal of Jewish Education 63.

Ibid. “Vision and Education: Arguments, Counter-arguments, Rejoinders,” American Journal of Education 113.

Peters, R.S. ”Education and the Educated Man,” in R.F. Dearden et al., eds., Education and the Development of Reason.

Reimer, Joseph B. and Bryfman, David. “Experiential Jewish Education,” in What We Now Know About Jewish Education: Perspectives on Research for Practice, eds. R. L. Goodman, P. A. Flexner, and L. D. Bloomberg.

Reimer, Joseph B. and Kress, Jeffrey S. “Shabbatonim as Experiential Education in North American Day High Schools,” in Jewish Day Schools, Jewish Communities, eds. Alex Pomson and Howard Deitcher.

Sales, Amy and Saxe, Leonard. “Limud by the Lake: Fulfilling the Educational Potential of Jewish Summer Camps,” October 2002, Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University.

Wertheimer, Jack. “Jewish Education in the United States: Recent Trends and Issues,” American Jewish Yearbook, 1999, ed. David Singer.

Online Resources

American Jewish World Service: Ajws.org


Jewish Women’s Archive: Jwa.org






Touchstones Discussion Project: http://www.touchstones.org/


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The Educated Jew

The authors here are engaged in an argument leshem Shamayim, for the sake of Heaven, over the question of what should a Jewish day school produce. Some emphasize cultural knowledge: Hebrew fluency, tefillah mastery, literacy of core texts in the Jewish library. Others view middot as central: ethics, commitment, curiosity, caring; while yet others choose social action as the goal.

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