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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press

Author(s): Isa Aron; Michael Zeldin; Sara Lee

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Education (Education)

Keywords: American Jews; Jewish education

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The article analyzes the current status of Jewish education in the United States. It focuses on six key points: Jewish education is now seen as a lifelong endeavor; 2) Increasingly, Jewish education is seen as encompassing an array of activities and programs beyond formal schooling; 3) It is difficult to predict whether the growth of day schools will continue; 4) It seems likely that the majority of Jewish children will continue to receive a much less intensive education in congregational schools; 5) All these new programs require staff knowledgeable in Judaica and versed in educational theory and practice; 6) The cost of Jewish education is rising.