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FOREWORD The world of

editor Walter Ackerman
FOREWORD The world of Jewish education has entered a significant stage of growth and transformation. This process of change can be discerned in the dramatic growth of the Yeshiva world and the burgeoning number of Reform day schools, it can be perceived in the renaissance of Jewish education in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, the intriguing turn of Jewish intellectuals in France to Judaic themes, and the ambitious educational goals of Jewish Continuity in Great Britain. To this list we could add the rapid spread of family educa-tion, and the continuing efforts to maximize the Jewish educational content of community centers, together with the creation of new training programs for educators and lay leaders in Israel and the Diaspora. In this new climate of Jewish awakening it is important to note that community leaders worldwide are directing more of their time, energy and substance to building the instrumentalities that will hopefully contribute to the creative continuity of the Jewish people. These developments, and more, are part of the Jewish response to a series of momentous shifts that are making themselves felt through-out the world — changes in political fortunes, the reordering of glo-bal economic preeminence, the threat of ecological catastrophe, shift-ing patterns of religious affiliations and commitment, the rethinking of ethnic roots and cultural traditions in the light of the enormities of the last 50 years — all of these have also left their profound imprint on the assumptions, beliefs, and priorities of Jewish communities worldwide. The pioneering stories narrated in this volume, however, highlight the initiative of those who swam against the current; they document the deeds of those who came before their time.  Origins tells the story of those who showed the way long before most of us sensed that the signposts of the predictable and stable were coming down, and that we were entering into waters that were both unchartered and often treacherous. They gave us their deeds and left us a legacy of courage and hope. ZEEV MANKOWITZ Director, The Melton Centre for Jewish Education in the Diaspora 11 Chapter Home  | TOC

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FOREWORD The world of Jewish education has entered a significant stage of growth and transformation. This process of change can be discerned in the dramatic growth of the Yeshiva world and the burgeoning number of Reform day schools, it can be perceived in the renaissance of Jewish education in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, the intriguing turn of Jewish intellectuals in France to Judaic themes, and the ambitious educational goals of Jewish Continuity in Great Britain. To this list we could add the rapid spread of family educa-tion, and the continuing efforts to maximize the Jewish educational content of community centers, together with the creation of new training programs for educators and lay leaders in Israel and the Diaspora. In this new climate of Jewish awakening it is important to note that community leaders worldwide are directing more of their time, energy and substance to building the instrumentalities that will hopefully contribute to the creative continuity of the Jewish people. These developments, and more, are part of the Jewish response to a series of momentous shifts that are making themselves felt through-out the world — changes in political fortunes, the reordering of glo-bal economic preeminence, the threat of ecological catastrophe, shift-ing patterns of religious affiliations and commitment, the rethinking of ethnic roots and cultural traditions in the light of the enormities of the last 50 years — all of these have also left their profound imprint on the assumptions, beliefs, and priorities of Jewish communities worldwide. The pioneering stories narrated in this volume, however, highlight the initiative of those who swam against the current; they document the deeds of those who came before their time. \\" Origins\\" tells the story of those who showed the way long before most of us sensed that the signposts of the predictable and stable were coming down, and that we were entering into waters that were both unchartered and often treacherous. They gave us their deeds and left us a legacy of courage and hope. ZE'EV MANKOWITZ Director, The Melton Centre for Jewish Education in the Diaspora 11 << Chapter >> Home | TOC
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