Teaching "Judaism" in America: Religious Education in a Secularized Society

By Jonathan S. Woocher

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), December 1996

The author asserts that American Jews are a highly secularized group with an ethos of individualized choice. He presents a paradigm for effective educational strategy: Jewish education must start with the learner; must present Judaism as a set of resources for living a good, fulfilling, worthwhile life; and must be anchored in a community that values and makes use of these resources. He provides general guidelines for implementing this strategy in the American Jewish community.

Topic: Continuity, Jewish Identification, Education, Jewish Continuity, Values

Name of Publication: AVAR ve'ATID: A Journal of Jewish Education, Culture and Discourse

Volume/Issue: December 1996

Page Number(s): 64-73

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Woocher, Jonathan S. Teaching "Judaism" in America: Religious Education in a Secularized Society. AVAR ve'ATID: A Journal of Jewish Education, Culture and Discourse. Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). December 1996: 64-73. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2021


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