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Publication Date: January 2000

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Vanessa L. Ochs; Robert Rabinowitz; Bradley Hirschfield; Andrew Silow-Carroll

Series: CLAL Special Features Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Education (Schools)

Keywords: Community Relations; Day Schools; Identity Formation; Assimilation

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


Four members of the CLAL faculty respond to an article by Peter Beinart that criticizes the growth of Jewish day schools. These responses focus on the degree to which Jewish schools help build Jewish identity as well as the notion that attending these schools might prevent full social integration. The compilation implies that a Jewish school rooted in American values is the ideal solution.