Succeeding at Jewish Education: How One...

Joseph Reimer uses his experience and talent as an ethnographer to bring to life the drama of one synagogue's struggle to make Jewish education work. As a result of his classroom observations Reimer comes away with important insights into what makes Jewish education succeed.

Acknowledgments My journey toward this research began in a seminar on Jewish education offered by Professor Joseph Lukinsky at Brandeis University. It gained momentum at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where I studied with Professors Lawrence Kohlberg and Fred Erickson. My friend and colleague Ray McDermott has been a guide to my thinking about culture and ethnographies. Sam Heilman has been a model for combining ethnographic and Jewish interests. Support for the first phase of this research was given by the Mandel Associated Foundations of Cleveland. I thank Mr. Mort Mandel and Professors Seymour Fox and Arthur Naparstak for that support. Encouragement to write this book came at the right moment from my colleagues and friends Barry Holtz and Bernie Reisman. Barry helped me through the initial stages of conceptualization. Bernie kept me on track the whole way. My wonderful colleagues in the Hornstein Program and the Cohen Center have encouraged me from start to finish. Jonathan Sarna helped clarify some of the historical background for this research. The Network for Research in Jewish Education has been a most supportive context in which to share my ideas as they have developed over the years. I thank my fellow researchers for their encouragement and feedback. The time I spent at Stanford University with Professors Lee Shulman and Arnie Eisen and the doctoral students in Jewish Education, who provided me with a home away from home, proved invaluable for writing the second half of the book. The rabbis and educators of Temple Akiba and Temple Hillel were far more than the subjects of this research. They were also collaborators in the research. They opened their doors to me and took me into their con-   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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Succeeding at Jewish Education: How One Synagogue Made It Work
Joseph Reimer uses his experience and talent as an ethnographer to bring to life the drama of one synagogue's struggle to make Jewish education work. As a result of his classroom observations Reimer comes away with important insights into what makes Jewish education succeed.

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