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Trends and Challenges in Jewish Family Education

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Publication Date: January 1991

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Alvin I. Schiff

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 67:4

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Education (Education)
Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Keywords: Education; Jewish Identification; Religion

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Recent research has demonstrated the ineffectiveness of Jewish supplementary schools in transmitting Jewish knowledge and values, primarily because of the lack of family support for Jewish education. In response, there has been a great upsurge of interest and excitement in Jewish family education QBE). This article describes the history of such educational efforts, the types of JFE programs, and the needs and challenges facing them. The most important need is to establish criteria for determining the effectiveness of JFE programs.