Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, 123
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
DegreesStanford University, Ph.D.
Stanford University, M.A.
Stanford University, M.A.
Harvard University, B.A.
ExpertisePhilosophy of education. Jewish education. Hermeneutics and the epistemology of the humanities. Scholarship of teaching classical Jewish texts.
ProfileJon A. Levisohn holds the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Chair in Jewish Educational Thought at Brandeis, and directs the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education.
Levisohn studies philosophy of education and philosophy of Jewish education. His particular focus has been on understanding how we make sense of texts -- both religious texts and secular texts -- especially in the contexts of teaching and learning.
More recently, Levisohn has expanded his focus to general questions about the desired outcomes of Jewish education. Typically those outcomes are conceived in terms of the transmission of content, or the promotion of "Jewish identity," or at the communal level, in terms of the replication or continuity of the Jewish community. None of these conceptions are satisfactory. Instead, Jewish educators ought to develop a conception of the desirable outcomes of Jewish education in terms of the moral and intellectual dispositions that they seek to foster -- the virtues, as it were, of Jewish education.
An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program, Levisohn is currently co-chair of the WGF Coordinating Committee. He has served on the Board of Trustees of JCDS, Boston's Jewish Community Day School, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Encounter and CASJE. At Brandeis, he chairs the Seminar on Contemporary Jewish Life.
|ED||159b||Philosophy of Education|
|NEJS||170a||Studying Sacred Texts|
|NEJS||171b||Tikkun Olam/Repairing the World: Service and Social Justice in Theory and Practice|
|NEJS||231a||Graduate Proseminar in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies|
|NEJS||235b||Philosophy of Jewish Education|
Awards and Honors
Davis Fellow in Teaching and Learning (2014 - 2015)
Research Fellow, The Jacobson Family Foundation (2012 - 2013)
Fellow, Jewish Studies Service Learning Initiative, Repair the World (2011 - 2012)
Fellow, North American Scholars Circle of the Shalom Hartman Institute (2010)
Mandel Leadership Institute Visiting Fellowship (2008 - 2009)
G.J. Lieberman Fellowship (2001)
Spencer Foundation Research Training Grant (2001)
Stanford Presidential Graduate Fellowship (hon.) (1997)
Wexner Foundation Graduate Fellowship (1997 - 2001)
Beit Midrash Fellowship, Shalom Hartman Institute (1993 - 1994)
Inter-University Fellowship in Jewish Studies (1993 - 1994)
Levisohn, Jon A and Kress, Jeffrey S., ed. Advancing the Learning Agenda in Jewish Education. Academic Studies Press, 2017. (forthcoming)
Levisohn, Jon A. The Interpretive Virtues: A Philosophical Enquiry into the Teaching and Learning of Historical Narratives. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. (forthcoming)
Levisohn, Jon A and Kelman, Ari Y., ed. Beyond Jewish Identity: Rethinking Concepts and Imagining Alternatives. Academic Studies Press, 2017.
Levisohn, Jon A. "Eros and (Religious) Education." (2017): <http://hillelofficeofinnovation.org/sites/default/files/ooi_salons_eros_and_religious_education_jon_a_1.pdf>.
Levisohn, Jon A. "Historical Thinking - and Its Alleged Unnaturalness." Educational Philosophy and Theory 49. 6 (2017): 618-630.
Levisohn, Jon A/Kress, Jeffrey S. "The Great (Fake) Debate: How Should We Think About the Outcomes of Jewish Education?." Gleanings 4. 1 (2017): 12-14.
Levisohn, Jon A, Yael Kidron, Ariela Greenberg and Mark Schneider, with Pearl Beck, Steven M. Cohen, Jon Levisohn, Shira Hammerman, Shira Loewenstein, and Roanna Shorofsky,. Leadership in Context: The Conditions for Success of Jewish Day School Leaders. American Institutes for Research: 2016.
Levisohn, Jon A. "Redeeming Jewish Literacy." HaYidion Spring 2016. (2016): 12-13.
Levisohn, Jon A. "What Have We Learned about Learning to Read Talmud." Learning to Read Talmud. Ed. Jane Kanarek and Marjorie Lehman. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2016
Levisohn, Jon A. "How to Go from Vision to Practice (and Back)." Jewish Educational Leadership 13. 1 (2015): 4-8.
Levisohn, Jon A. "A New Theory of Vision." HaYidion Autumn (2014): 31-33, 68.
Levisohn, Jon A. "Jewish Educational Philosophy." Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy. 2014.
Levisohn, Jon A. "What Work Do the Concepts of 'Language and Literature' Do for Michael Rosenak?." Journal of Jewish Education 80. 4 (2014): 411-433.
Levisohn, Jon A, and Fendrick, Susan P., ed. Turn It and Turn It Again: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Classical Jewish Texts. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2013.
Levisohn, Jon A. "Rethinking the Education of Cultural Minorities to and from Assimilation: A Perspective from Jewish Education." Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education (DIME) 7. 1 (2013): 54-68.
Levisohn, Jon A. "Becoming a Servant: James Kugel, Avodat Hashem, and the Dispositional Goals of Jewish Service-Learning." Journal of Jewish Communal Service 87. 1/2 (2012): 104-112.
Levisohn, Jon A. "Pursuing the Pedagogy of Peoplehood: More than Mifgash." Peoplehood Papers 8. (2012): 48-51.
Levisohn, Jon A. "Teaching Vision: Cultivating a Philosophical Disposition about Jewish Educational Practice." Journal of Jewish Education 78. 2 (2012): 135-169.
Levisohn, Jon A. "Charting the Reefs: A Map of Multicultural Epistemology." Multicultural Epistemology and Educational Theory. Ed. Claudia Ruitenberg and D.C. Phillips. Springer, 2011
Levisohn, Jon A. "A Menu of Orientations Towards the Teaching of Rabbinic Literature." Journal of Jewish Education 76. 1 (2010).
Levisohn, Jon A. "Do We Know an Orientation When We See It? Continuing the Conversation about the Teaching of Rabbinic Literature." Journal of Jewish Education 76. 3 (2010).
Levisohn, Jon A. "Negotiating Historical Narratives: An Epistemology of History for History Education." Journal of Philosophy of Education 44. 1 (2010).
Levisohn, Jon A. "Should Jewish Day Schools Aspire to Create Educated Jews?." HaYidion Spring 2010. (2010): 12-14, 50.
Levisohn, Jon A. "Community as a Means and an End in Jewish Education." Jewish Day Schools, Jewish Communities: A Reconsideration. Ed. A. Pomson and H. Dietcher. London: Littman Library, 2009
Levisohn, Jon A. "Experience Has Ways of Boiling Over: Pursuing a Pragmatic Pedagogy of Bible." Journal of Jewish Education 75. 3 (2009).
Levisohn, Jon A. "From the Integration of Curricula to the Pedagogy of Integrity." Journal of Jewish Education 74:3. (2009).
Levisohn, Jon A. "How Can We Enact Our Responsibility to the Historical Referent?." Philosophy of Education (2009).
Levisohn, Jon A. "Building Bridges to Overcome Breaches: School and Academy, Content and Pedagogy, Scholarship and Teaching." South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society (SAPES) Yearbook (2008).
Levisohn, Jon A. "Introducing the Contextual Orientation to Bible: A Comparative Study." Journal of Jewish Education 73. 3 (2008).
Levisohn, Jon A. "Jewish Education in Pursuit of Virtue." Teaching Toward Tomorrow: Setting an Agenda for Modern Orthodox Education. Ed. Yoel Finkelman. Jerusalem: ATID, 2008
Levisohn, Jon A. "Richard Rorty and the Ethics of Anti-foundationalism." The Space of Love and Garbage and Other Essays from the Harvard Review of Philosophy.. Ed. S. Phineas Upham. Chicago: Open Court, 2008
Levisohn, Jon A. "Strengthening Research on the Pedagogy of Jewish Studies." Journal of Jewish Education 73. 3 (2008).
Levisohn, Jon A. "Extending the Conversation on Visions of Jewish Education." Journal of Jewish Education (2006).
Levisohn, Jon A. "What is Bridging Scholarship and Pedagogy?." (2006): <http://www.brandeis.edu/mandel/projects/bridginginitiative_docs.html>.
Levisohn, Jon A. "How to do philosophy of religious education." Religious Education (2005): 90-101.
Levisohn, Jon A. "Ideas and Ideals in Jewish Education: Initiating a Conversation on Visions in Jewish Education." Journal of Jewish Education (2005).
Levisohn, Jon A. "Patriotism and Parochialism: Why Teach American Jewish History, and How?." Journal of Jewish Education (2005).
Levisohn, Jon A., Jewish Educational Leadership. "A Plea for Purposes." Jewish Educational Leadership (2005).
Levisohn, Jon A. "Probing Pragmatism: Rorty, Reforms, and Responsibility." Philosophy of Education (2004).
Levisohn, Jon A. "Religious Experience as a Jewish Educational Ideal." Journal of Jewish Education (2004).
Levisohn, Jon A., Philosophy of Education. "Young Patriots or Junior Historians?." Philosophy of Education (2003).
Levisohn, Jon A. "Stories about Stories about History." Philosophy of Education (2002).
Levisohn, Jon A. "The Interpretive Virtues in Historiography and History Education." Diss. Stanford University, 2002.
Levisohn, Jon A. "Openness and Commitment: Hans-Georg Gadamer and the Teaching of Jewish Texts." Journal of Jewish Education 67. (2001).
Levisohn, Jon A.. "Inclusion and Objectivity: Helen Longino's Feminist Theory of Scientific Inquiry." Philosophy of Education (2001).