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What is Informal Jewish Education?

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Publication Date: January 1991

Publisher(s): Conference of Jewish Communal Service (U.S.)

Author(s): Barry Chazan

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Education (Education)

Keywords: World Jews; Infomal Jewish education; Academic research

Type: Report


By examining activities usually regarded as examples of informal education and determining their common characteristics, a definition of informal Jewish education can be developed. The rigid distinction between formal and informal Jewish education is artificial and harmful and should be discarded. Similarly, informal Jewish education and Jewish communal service are complementary.