Category: Research

The Hegemony of Religion

The headlines (and subsequent prognostications about the decline and general corruption of American Jews) from this week’s Pew Study highlighted the number of people who identify as Jewish, but do not claim Judaism as their religion. The study demonstrated, pretty consistently, that Jews who do not claim Judaism as their religion are less likely to participate in institutional Jewish life… Read more →

The Black Box Problem

Jewish Education has a black box problem. Scholars of Jewish education often seem overly concerned with the outcomes of educational experiences, often at the expense of the experiences themselves. “Put kids in,” goes the logic of the black box “and you get Jews out.” Much of the literature about the “impact” or “effectiveness” of day schools or taglit-birthright has little… Read more →

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