From the early national period to the present day, American Jews have devised an expanding array of educational frameworks for the Jewish education and enculturation of successive generations.
Concomitantly, Jewish education, once viewed as a family responsibility in the United States, has come to be seen as a
matter of community concern. “And You Shall Teach Them Diligently”: A Concise History of Jewish Education in the United States, 1776–2000 examines the trend toward communal responsibility for Jewish education and explores in historical context the origins and growth of such institutions as Jewish day
schools, Talmud Torah programs, congregational supplementary schools, early childhood education centers, residential
summer camps, Jewish community centers, bureaus of Jewish education, youth groups, Jewish studies courses at universities,
campus-based programs for Jewish college students, adult education, Israel experience programs, colleges of Jewish
studies, and rabbinical seminaries.
This book provides essential background for understanding contemporary Jewish educational realities and more effectively addressing twenty-first-century needs.
the Author -- "And You Shall Teach Them Diligently"
Gil Graff ---
Gil Graff is Executive Director of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los Angeles. He is the author of numerous articles on Jewish history and education, and his book Separation of
Church and State: Dina de-Malkhuta Dina in Jewish Law, 1750–1848 explores the Jewish encounter with modernity in Western and Central Europe.
Graff, whose academic background includes graduate degrees in education, history, and Jewish studies, earned a J.D. and Ph.D. at UCLA. In addition to his experience as a teacher, school administrator, camp director, and BJE executive, he has served as an adjunct faculty member at American Jewish University, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, Spertus College, Touro College, and the Academy for Jewish Religion, California.
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