News and Events

Now available: Learning to Read Talmud: What it Looks Like and How it Happens, edited by Marjorie Lehman and Jane L. Kanarek.

This new volume, based on the work of the Learning to Read Talmud project, and edited by Jane L. Kanarek and Marjorie Lehman, offers studies of courses that develop further an understanding of how students learn to read Talmud, to help instructors in multiple settings improve their practice. Learn more.

Turn It and Turn It Again Now Available via Open Access

Turn It and Turn It Again: Studies in the Teaching and Learning of Classical Jewish Texts, edited by Jon A. Levisohn and Susan P. Fendrick, is now available via open access. The book emerged from the Bridging Scholarship and Pedagogy in Jewish Studies project of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education.

From the Foreword, by Sharon Feiman-Nemser:

This book provides a rare glimpse into the hidden world of teacher thinking—how teachers of Bible and rabbinic literature decide what and how to teach and how they justify their decisions. It offers images of the possible—vivid cases of teaching and learning to nourish the pedagogical imagination. It contributes a shared language for analyzing the teaching and learning of classical Jewish texts by presenting useful concepts and frameworks. Finally, it models an investigative stance toward teaching and learning.

Download individual chapters or the entire book.

All Together Separate: Race, Ethnicity and Religion on the Brandeis Campus

This report is part of a program of research at the Steinhardt Social Research Institute, focusing on the identities of Jewish students and their experiences of anti-Israel hostility on campuses. Using Brandeis University as a case study, this study takes a broad view and explores a wide range of issues at the intersections of undergraduates’ racial, ethnic and religious identities.


Past events:

Young Leaders Conference on Israel Studies
June 26-30, 2016

Young people who wish to join the discourse about Israel too often find themselves lacking the insight and content knowledge necessary to evaluate information and challenge unsupported assumptions. The Brandeis Young Leaders Conference on Israel Studies, co-sponsored by the Office of High School Programs and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, convened an elite group of high school students for an intensive five-day academic conference designed to equip them with a critical knowledge base of Israeli history, politics, culture, and  society.

Learning to Read Talmud Workshop
June 7-8, 2016

The Learning to Read Talmud project, of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education,  recruited thoughtful and creative instructors of Talmud in higher-education settings to study their own practice and their students' learning. In anticipation of the forthcoming volume Learning to Read Talmud: What it Looks Like and How it Happensa small cohort of scholars of rabbinic literature gathered to examine what it means to learn to read Talmud and how we teach our students to do so.