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Building Bridges: From Learning to Living -- An Evaluation

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Publication Date: January 2004

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

Author(s): David A. Teutsch

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 80:2-3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Education (Adult, technical, and vocational education)

Keywords: Informal Jewish Education; Jewish Organizations; Publications; Jewish Organizations

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Building Bridges is a year-long study program launched in 2002 for graduates of the two-year Melton Mini-School based at Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore. This article reports on a study that examined Bridges utilizing a control group of Melton graduates participating in other adult education programs. The study found that Building Bridges is highly successful at bringing about change in the spiritual lives and personal Jewish practices of its participants in a gradual way that minimizes alienation from family and the disruption of interpersonal relationships.