Becoming Jewish Educators: Default or Decision?

By Saul P. Wachs

KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 1998

This paper briefly considers the factors that led to the relegation of Jewish studies to a secondary position in America, and then describes the Iggud School, which provided an important source of Jewish teachers in the first sixty years of the 20th century. However, Wachs' main goal is to describe and analyze the findings of a study of fifty graduate students at Gratz College between 1985 and 1995. As such, the author discusses their observance patterns, the influence of family on their career choices, and their time spent in Israel, among other factors, in order to understand their motivations for becoming Jewish educators. Then, Wachs compares and contrasts the Gratz Students with the earlier Iggud students, and ultimately concludes that today's students are truly Jewish educators by choice.

Topic: Educators, Education, Judaic Studies, Higher Education, Jewish Studies, Study, Teachers

Name of Publication: Freedom and Responsibility: Exploring the Challenges of Jewish Continuity

Editor: Bryan-Edelman, Marsha , Mintz-Geffen, Rela

Page Number(s): 389-365

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Wachs, Saul P. Becoming Jewish Educators: Default or Decision?. Freedom and Responsibility: Exploring the Challenges of Jewish Continuity. KTAV Publishing House, Inc.. 1998: 389-365.


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