The Challenges of Jewish Adult Education

Feb. 26 2018

Drawing on her years of experience teaching classes and organizing programs for Jews eager to learn more about Judaism after completing their formal schooling, Erica Brown addresses the common flaws in American Jewish education and how they can be fixed. In particular, she warns against the “march of the Jewish cliché”—that is, the way in which rabbis and adult educators offer a “warm bath of familiar phrases and slogans” instead of exposing their audiences to the richness and intellectual complexity of the Jewish tradition. (Interview by Jonathan Silver. Audio, 52 minutes. Options for download and streaming are available at the link below.)

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More about: American Judaism, Education, Jewish education, Religion & Holidays

As World Leaders Gather to Remember the Holocaust, They Should Ask How Anti-Semitism Differs from Ordinary Hatreds

Jan. 22 2020

Today, an international conference titled “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Anti-Semitism” opens in Jerusalem, attended by representatives from some 40 governments, including the presidents of France, Russia, and Italy and the vice-president of the United States. While ample attention will no doubt be paid to the anti-Semitism of the extreme right, Fiamma Nirenstein fears that less will be paid to that of the left, and still less to the Islamic variety. She also fears that those in attendance will give in to a related, and dangerous, temptation to subsume anti-Semitism into an amorphous “hatred”:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Holocaust, Intersectionality, Radical Islam