Publication Date: January 1999
Publisher: Jewish Education Service of North America
Author(s): Diane Tickton Schuster
Research Area: Education
Keywords: Jewish identification; Informal Jewish education; Adult education; Psychology
Coverage: United States
The author argues that Jewish educators are not prepared for the unique challenges of providing Jewish education to modern adults. This is true, she asserts, not only because modern Jews have had less childhood Jewish education than previous generations, but also because adult development is not considered in designing Jewish education programs for modern adults. Adulthood in modern times, the author explains, is not one contiguous period of life but rather contains stages and developments just like childhood. The author further explores elements and trends which affect Jewish adults in particular regarding their relationships to Judaism.
In Agenda: Jewish Education, ed. By Arthur Vernon, no. 12, Summer 1999, p. 16-21