The Philosophy of Informal Jewish Education

Publication Date: January 2002

Publisher: Jewish Agency for Israel

Author(s): Barry Chazan

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Keywords: World Jews; Informal Jewish education

Type: Report


This monograph explores the meaning of informal Jewish education and examines its significance for contemporary Jewish life. It argues that informal Jewish education is not confined to a place or a methodology but rather is a well-defined philosophy of how people should be educated, what the goals of Jewish education are, and what its contents should be. Eight characteristics are established as defining informal Jewish education. The monograph urges recognition of the seminal contribution informal Jewish education can make along with other forms of Jewish education, to the advancement of twenty-first-century Jewish life.