Jewish Day Schools and Their Future Place in American Jewish Life

By Susan M. Kardos

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Winter 2010

What purposes should guide Jewish education, so that it becomes a solution for the challenges that face our communities and our people? North American Jewish youth need a Jewish education that enables them to think about themselves, their people, and their God in a way that is uniquely and beautifully Jewish. They need an education that enables them to live the simple rhythms of their day and their year in a way that is, again, inimitably and magnificently Jewish. They need a Jewish education that is substantive and relevant to their modern lives. They need an education that relies on the wisdom and grandeur of the texts that have guided our people through centuries, and they need to be able to see these ancient texts as guides for their own lives. They need an education that illuminates the glorious and difficult Jewish past as a way to light the way in our present and for our future. They need an education that secures the continuity of our people so that we may continue to create our story and tell it to the world, and so that we can enrich the world through our participation. They need an education aimed at promoting the notion of klal Yisrael, where Jews all over the world are connected to and care for each other across geographical, generational, class, race, and ideological differences.

Topic: Peoplehood, Organizational Development, Jewish Federations, Day Schools, Education, Unity, Religious Denominations, Values, Future

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/No.1

Page Number(s): 84-87

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Genre: Article

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Kardos, Susan M. Jewish Day Schools and Their Future Place in American Jewish Life. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Winter 2010: 84-87. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8130


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