Learning About Learning: Conversations with Scholars of Jewish Education

Jon Levisohn at podiumJoin us virtually for a series of conversations hosted by Mandel Center Director Jon A. Levisohn, in which leading scholars of Jewish education discuss what they have learned from their investigations of various aspects of Jewish education, and why it matters.

These events are free and open to the public but registration is required.


Learning About Learning: A Conversation with Professor Jonathan Krasner
How Camp Ramah Met the Challenges of the 1990s

October 14, 1 - 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

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The Jewish overnight camping industry was on the verge of major changes in the late 1980s, when Shelly Dorph became the head of the Ramah National Commission. Jonathan Krasner will discuss the case of Ramah and how it reflects on the challenges and opportunities that Jewish non-profit summer camps faced in the 1990s and early 2000s.


Learning About Learning: A Conversation with Professor Laura Yares
Learning at a Jewish Museum

November 11, 1 - 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

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What happens when young adults visit a Jewish museum? What do they learn about Jews and Judaism, and how are they changed by what they see, touch, hear and feel? In this talk, Laura Yares will discuss findings from a pre-pandemic study of 30 young adult visitors to the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, and describe the rich learning that can occur in episodic, leisure time Jewish educational settings. 


Learning About Learning: A Conversation with Professor Miriam Heller Stern
How the Study of Jewish History Informs the Arts

December 9, 1 - 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

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Miriam Heller Stern will explore how a theatre company drew on an exploration of Jewish history, weaving together new narratives to enrich their performance.


Learning About Learning: A Conversation with Dr. Arielle Levites
Talmud in Jewish Day School from the Students’ Perspective

January 13, 1 - 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

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What do Jewish day school students think about Talmud? What are the challenges? What excites them or interests them? How does the study of Talmud compare to other subjects, Jewish or general? Arielle Levites will share what she learned from her interviews of dozens of students, as part of the Mandel Center project, Students’ Understanding of Rabbinics.


Learning About Learning: A Conversation with Professor Sharon Avni
Accentuating the American Jewish Hebrew Speaker

March 10, 1 - 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

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This conversation will focus on Sharon Avni’s recent work on how the everyday acts of speaking, learning, and engaging with Modern Hebrew inform our understanding of contemporary American Jewish life.


Learning About Learning: A Conversation with Professor Ari Kelman
B’nai Mitzvah in the 21st Century

April 11, 1 - 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

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What really happens at contemporary b’nai mitzvah? Typically, educators focus on preparation and performance, but in a recent study, Ari Kelman and his co-authors focus on roles and responsibilities, for both kids and families—and on relationships between them.


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