Case Study: A "Modern Paradox" School Stays True to Its Mission

By: Odelia Epstein
KC Topics: 
JDS Research, Pedagogical Approaches, Strategic Planning, Community Building Inside & Out

How Schools Enact Their Jewish Missions, 20 Case Studies of Jewish Day Schools, a Project of the AVI CHAI Foundation, A "Modern Paradox" School Stays True to Its Mission by Tali Zelkowicz and Cheryl Finkel. 

How can a Modern Orthodox school maintain its religious boundaries even as it serves a diverse population in one of the most boundary-breaking parts of the country? For the Oakland Hebrew Day School, the answer is: unapologetically. This case study explores the three major principles the school follows to help young students work through the formation of Jewish identities without surrendering to irrelevance or “fear-based Judaism.”