Author: heathcl

Dispatch from a Hebrew School

“Put your phone away please,” I said. “Don’t worry, I’m texting someone Jewish.” Yes, it’s true, I’ve finally taken up the mantle of the true Jewish studies graduate student: I am teaching Hebrew school. While of course the money helps, I took this job because I had begun to really miss the classroom and I wanted to know whether everything… Read more →

The Mangled Call to Action

  Andrew Pickering, the influential historian of science, likes to tell a story about the Mississippi River. Pickering calls it one of the great rivers of the world, mighty and vital, an artery for commerce, energy, and agriculture. For the past one hundred years, the army corp of engineers has been, as they describe it, at “war” with the river.… Read more →

CFP: Social Scientific Study of Jews and Education

I’m pleased to spread the word about a special issue of Contemporary Jewry focusing on education. Contemporary Jewry is proud to announce a Call for Papers for a special issue focusing on education. Guest edited by Professor Ari Y Kelman (Stanford University), the special issue will feature articles and studies that take a social scientific approach to scholarship at the… Read more →

The Price of Summertime Fun – or – the Real Cost of Camp

Summer is here, and I’ve been thinking about camp. For Jews, summer camp is a long standing institution full of first loves, bug bites, bug juice, Israeli shlichim, a modicum of Hebrew, bunks, s’mores, and Friday night services. People seem to love camp. Adults often recall their years at summer camp with some affection, kids look forward to camp all… Read more →

Getting to meet the “real Israel”

It seems like mifgashim, meetings between American Jews and Israeli Jews, have quickly become a core element of Israel education. Proponents of mifgashim both in universities and in the field argue that they are essential not merely because they are effective in fostering participants’ deep and lasting connections to Israel, but because they offer participants an “authentic” experience that replaces… Read more →

Representing Jews on Campus

Spoiler alert: This post will not discuss the ins-and-outs of divestment, BDS, the merits of the Students Out of Occupied Palestine resolution, the Coalition for Peace petition, nor will it, in any meaningful way, talk about Israel or Palestine. It will, however, talk about the politics of representing Jews on the Stanford campus, and how claims to represent populations easily… Read more →

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