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Publication Date: January 2002

Publisher(s): Jewish Education Service of North America

Author(s): Avi West

Series: Agenda: Jewish Education 15, Summer 2002

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Education (Education policy and planning)

Keywords: Jewish education; Organizational Development; Jewish text

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author responds to the interview with Dr. Ada Beth Cutler in this issue of Agenda. He puts forth a model of "voluntary covenant" in which standards could operate to improve Jewish education without the element of accountability. In the author's formulation, equity would be an expression of tzedek; legislated goals (din) would need to be balanced with specific circumstances and local realities (rachamim).