Jews and the Academy: A Complicated Romance

By Riv-Ellen Prell

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), December 2002

Prell describes the longtime romance between American Jews and higher education. Prior to the 1960s, higher education was overwhelmingly the secular suitor to children and then grandchildren of immigrants, but most often this education rendered Jewish experience, knowledge, and culture invisible and trivial at best, inferior at worst. The 60s marked a shift in the relationship between Jews and higher education: Jewish learning was included in a variety of academic fields and within centers and departments of Jewish Studies, and Judaism was a history and culture worthy of study. This issue discusses the possibilities and perils inherent in this relatively recent romance between not only students and curricula but also scholars and communities beyond the walls of the academy.

Topic: History, Judaic Studies, Higher Education, Jewish Studies, Scholarship, Academic Research

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.33/no.596

Page Number(s): 1-2

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Prell, Riv-Ellen. Jews and the Academy: A Complicated Romance. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). December 2002: 1-2. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7862


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