Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher: Jewish Education Service of North America
Author(s): Meredith Woocher; Jonathan S. Woocher; Renee Rubin Ross
Research Area: Education
Keywords: Jewish Organizations; Future; Education; Jewish Continuity
For the last 25 years, the field of Jewish education has responded only partially and unsystematically to social and cultural changes affecting Jewish life, the authors assert. The 21st century demands a new set of design principles for Jewish education itself, they argue, and in this paper the authors develop three key concepts toward that end: (1) empowering the learner as an active agent in fashioning his/her own learning experience; (2) the centrality of relationships and the social experience; and (3) Jewish learning as "life-centered," addressing the totality of our aspirations, concerns, and experiences.