Jon A. Levisohn
Jon A. Levisohn, Associate Professor, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Chair in Jewish Educational Thought, is a philosopher of education, with a particular interest in the purposes, processes and outcomes of Jewish education in all of its various settings. At Brandeis, he also serves as Associate Academic Director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education.
Recent publications include The Interpretive Virtues: A Philosophical Inquiry into the Teaching and Learning of Historical Narratives (forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell), Turn It and Turn It Again: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Jewish Texts (with Sue Fendrick, Academic Studies Press, 2013), “Rethinking the Education of Cultural Minorities to and from Assimilation: A Perspective from Jewish Education” (Diaspora and Indigenous Minority Education, 2013), "The Pedagogy of Peoplehood: More than Mifgash" (Peoplehood Papers 8, 2012), "Teaching Vision: Cultivating a Philosophical Disposition among Jewish Educational Practitioners" (Journal of Jewish Education 78:2, 2012), and "Becoming a Servant: James Kugel, Avodat Hashem, and the Dispositional Goals of Jewish Service Learning" (Journal of Jewish Communal Service 87: 1-2, 2012).
He recently held a research fellowship at the Jacobson Family Foundation for Fall 2012 and was the Aaron-Roland Lecturer in Jewish Studies at Stanford University in January 2013. He is currently working on his next project, Jewish Education in Pursuit of Virtue, an effort to reconceptualize the learning goals of Jewish education in terms of the moral and intellectual dispositions that we aspire and intend for students to develop.