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Experiential Jewish Education Bibliography


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 an annotated bibliography compiled by Diane Tickton Schuster.

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Suggested Readings

Aron, Isa. (1989) "The Malaise of Jewish Education." Tikkun Magazine, v. 4, n. 3.

Chazan, Barry (2003), “The philosophy of informal Jewish education.” The encyclopaedia of informal education.

Cowan, Paul and Rachel. (1986) A Torah is Written. Jewish Publication Society.

Fox, Seymour (with William Novak). (2000) Vision at the Heart: Lessons from Camp Ramah on The Power Of Ideas In Shaping Educational Institutions. Monographs from the Mandel Foundation.

Fetterman, David M. (1989) Ethnography: Step by Step. Sage Publications, pp. 41-61.

Harper, Douglas. (1987) Working Knowledge: Skill and Community in a Small Shop. University of Chicago press, pp. 1-31.

Institute for Informal Jewish Education. (2002) Snapshot of the Field: Proposals Submitted to the 2001 IJE RFP. Institute for Informal Jewish Education, Brandeis University. (.pdf)

Raviv, Zohar. (1999) On Truth, Tradition and Respect in Jewish Education. Institute for Informal Jewish Education, Brandeis University.

Reimer, Joseph. (2003) “A response to Barry Chazan: The philosophy of informal jewish education,” The encyclopaedia of informal education.

Reisman, Bernard and Joel Reisman. (2002) The New Jewish Experiential Book. Ktav Publishing House. Chapter 2.

Sarna, Jonathan. (forthcoming, 2005) “The Crucial Decade in Jewish Camping.” in Zola, Gary P. and Michael M. Lorge, eds.,
The Beginnings of Reform Jewish Camping in America. University of Alabama Press.

Saxe, Leonard, et al. (2000) Birthright Israel Launch Evaluation: Preliminary Findings. Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University. pp. 6-25.

Schoel, Jim, et al. (1989) Islands of Healing: A Guide to Adventure-Based Counseling. Project Adventure, Inc. Chapter 2.

Schwab, Joseph. (1970) The Practical: Translation into Curriculum. National Education Association, Center for the Study of Instruction.

Sh’ma (2001) Special issue on informal Jewish education. Highlights at: www.shma.com

Annotations by Rabbi Bradley Solmsen
former director of BIMA and Genesis

Kelly, Tom with Jonathan Littman. (2001) The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm. Currency Doubleday.

A must-read. Energized, ego-ized and packed with inspiration about product successes and IDEO’s ability to look from unexpected perspectives and create big winners. Some solid and transferable tips. Otherwise good for leaps in conceptual thinking, process and work environments. Inspiring and applicable to any field.

Moser-Wellman, Annette. (2001) The Five Faces of Genius: Creative Thinking Styles to Succeed at Work. Penguin Books.

Moser-Wellman presents what she calls the five faces: the Seer, the Observer, the Alchemist, the Fool and the Sage. She gives insight into the thinking, strengths and weaknesses of each, presents an opening exercise for the reader to evaluate where she is amidst these faces, and shares exercises to develop each of these faces. I can see bringing questions and pieces of her work into my own and, perhaps most importantly, am left with the ever-so-basic reminder that each of us brings a different (salient) face to the table—and we must recognize the differences, strengths and styles of each in our day-to-day work in order to maximize the benefits of each and best work together.

Von Oech, Roger. (1992) Creative Whack Pack. U.S. Games Systems, Inc. A deck of cards meant to “whack you out of habitual thought patterns and allow you to look at what you’re doing in a fresh way.” Recommended by folks in PR/advertising and change consulting. They’re fun to read and consider. I’m excited and challenged to deal them out and put them to use!

Spolin, Viola. (1999) Improvisation for the Theater: Third Edition. Northwestern University Press.

Spolin was the guru of drama games, learning from her mentor Neva Boyd in the settlement house. Her son, Paul Sills, originated The Second City and Story Theater. This book and other resources by Spolin, (e.g. Theater Games for the Classroom: A Teacher’s Handbook and the Theater Games File) are invaluable resources for classroom, group dynamics and myriad other environments, theatrical and otherwise. I love working with drama games and Torah in creating associative-thinking type interactive learning. The book is user-friendly, though the novice might gain confidence starting out working with someone with experience. Last summer I took a workshop with Sills. His oft-repeated mantra remains with me—and is vital to work engaging people to free up and participate wholly: “Get out of your head and into the space.”