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Book Launch for My Second-Favorite Country: A Conversation with Sivan Zakai

Book cover of My Second-Favorite Country.

June 2, 2022
1 - 2:15 pm ET via Zoom

Israel has long occupied a prominent place in the lives and imaginations of American Jews, serving as both a symbolic touchstone and a source of intercommunal conflict. Sivan Zakai's forthcoming book, My Second-Favorite Country: How American Jewish Children Think About Israel, is based on the major findings from her research project with MCSJE on Children's Learning About Israel. This project was the first longitudinal study of how American Jewish children come to think and feel about Israel, tracking their evolving conceptions from kindergarten to fifth grade.

In this event to mark the publication of the book, Zakai and her fellow panelists will explore the implications for the theory and practice of Jewish education. Panelists include Keren E. Fraiman (Spertus Institute), Robbie Gringras (educator, performer and writer), and Jonah Hassenfeld (Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston), moderated by Sharon Feiman-Nemser (Brandeis University).

My Second-Favorite Country is available for pre-order from NYU Press; a 30% off code will be available to those attending the webinar. 

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Book Launch for Portraits of Adult Jewish Learning: A Conversation with Diane Tickton-Schuster

Fall 2022
via Zoom

Book Launch for Making Shabbat: A Conversation with Joe Reimer
Fall 2022
via Zoom

Past Events


Book Launch for Inside Jewish Day Schools: A Conversation with Alex Pomson and Jack Wertheimer

Inside Jewish Day Schools book coverThursday, March 24
via Zoom

What can we learn from carefully crafted portraits of nine well-regarded Jewish day schools schools that vary in size, location, sponsorship, ideological orientation?  How do these schools go about their work and how do school leaders respond to the pressing challenges that day schools face in the 21st century?

Authors Alex Pomson and Jack Wertheimer shared highlights from their 2022 book, Inside Jewish Day Schools: Leadership, Learning and Community and responded to comments and questions from Amanda Pogany (Luria Academy), Daniel Held (UJA Federation of Greater Toronto) and Susie Tanchel (Hebrew College). Sharon Feiman-Nemser (Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education) moderated the discussion. 

People speaking over Zoom.

Inside Jewish Day Schools: A Conversation with Alex Pomson and Jack Wertheimer (01:17:00)