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Distinguished Experts To Debate The Future Of Liberal Jewish Education In America

November 21, 2012

Five Leading Scholars Discuss New Visions
For Jewish Schools at a Free Event on December 13

NEW YORK, N.Y. … “Is Jewish Education Broken?,” debates new visions for liberal Jewish
schools in the 21st century. This free event takes place on Thursday, December 13 at 7pm and
is hosted by the 14th Street Y. “Is Jewish Education Broken?” is presented by Speakers’ Lab,
a new public programming initiative of the Posen Foundation, with Tablet Magazine and The
New School for Public Engagement, Jewish Cultural Studies Program.
As enrollment declines in liberal Jewish schools, scholars and educators are asking critical
questions about the relevance of Jewish education to today’s students. “Is Jewish Education
Broken?” will explore current models and challenges facing liberal Jewish education, and
propose new curricula and educational models for teachers and administrators for the future.
Concerns and topics will include:

● The discrepancy between 20th century Jewish educational models and 21st century
perspectives on Jewish life.
● The teaching of Jewish culture as ahistorical and disconnected from contemporary life.
● The role of Jewish schooling in Jewish continuity.
● Concerns about using the American school model to teach Jewish culture.
● The rise of new and informal Jewish educational models.
● The challenges of teaching minority education in America.

To discuss these issues and more, this panel brings together five forward-thinking scholars
including: Zvi Bekerman, Director of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education, School of
Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Benjamin Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Social
Studies, Education and Jewish Studies, New York University; Jonathan Krasner, Associate
Professor of the American Jewish Experience, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of
Religion; and Tali Zelkowicz, Assistant Professor of Education, Hebrew Union College –
Jewish Institute of Religion. The discussion will be moderated by Bethamie
Horowitz, Research Assistant Professor, New York University.

This is Motivational Speakers Lab’s second program. The next public program will take place in the Spring
of 2013.
Admission to “Is Jewish Education Broken?” is free. Seating is limited and pre-registration is
encouraged. Sign-up at or by calling 212-564-6711 x 305.

Event and Venue Info:
The Theater at the 14th Street Y
344 East 14th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
New York, NY 10003


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