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Family Matters
Jewish Education in an Age of Choice
Jack Wertheimer, ed.

Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life

2007 • 312 pp. 19 graphs, 18 tables 6 x 9"
Jewish Studies / Education

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A provocative look at the current state of Jewish education in the United States

In recent years, the high rate of intermarriage and other demographic factors have created a challenge for American Jewry: How can rabbis, policy planners, educators, and parents transmit most effectively Jewish religion, culture, and values to their children? Prior research shows that Jewish education is the one area in which communal leaders and lay people can act to make a positive difference in the future cultural transmission of Judaism. Family Matters offers groundbreaking essays on Jewish education by scholars drawn from anthropology, education, history, and sociology. Essays by Steven M. Cohen, Sylvia Barack Fishman, Shaul Kelner, Jeffrey S. Kress, Alex Pomson, Riv-Ellen Prell, and Jack Wertheimer range from interviews about educational decisions with families, teenagers, and Jewish educators to sweeping new statistical data about the actual state of Jewish education in American cities. Making new links among parents, community, and Jewish schools, Family Matters is a vital study in the sociology of the contemporaryAmerican Jewish community.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Jack Wertheimer and his colleagues have written a book of profound importance to anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of American Jewish life today. This book will spark new and richer discussion and debate among educators, parents, and policy-makers alike about how American Jews exercise their educational choices and about what the community can do to encourage choices that both satisfy those who make them and sustain a vibrant Jewish life.”Dr. Jonathan Woocher, Chief Ideas Officer, JESNA

"The excellent scholars that Jack Wertheimer assembled for this project advance invaluable perspectives and insights concerning the circumstances and attitudes that affect the educational choices made by contemporary Jewish families."Daniel Pekarsky, Professor, Educational Policy Studies and Jewish Studies. University of Wisconsin-Madison

JACK WERTHEIMER is the Provost at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, and author of several books about American Judaism, including two published by Brandeis University Press, The American Synagogue: A Sanctuary Transformed (1995) and A People Divided: Judaism in Contemporary America (1999).

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