Eric Cohen’s insightful essay envisions profound changes in Jewish education in America, built on the possibilities afforded by relatively new technologies that have been made ubiquitous by the coronavirus pandemic. Yet Cohen is likewise sensitive to the trade-offs of virtual learning, which cannot truly replace the bond that students form with their teachers and each other in physical settings. As he observed, “real community is not virtual.” And yet, when used to supplement rather than replace in-person instruction, virtual learning has great potential to expand access to high-quality Jewish education.
The Policy Paths to the Jewish Schools of the Future
Even before the pandemic, Jewish families were turning to smaller and more independent methods of schooling. But they need legal and financial help.