What 19th Century Jewish Education Can Teach Us about Jewish Education Today

by | Sep 13, 2023 | Events and Opportunities for Educators

Learning About Learning with Professor Laura Yares in conversation with Professor Jonathan Krasner | What 19th Century Jewish Education Can Teach Us about Jewish Education

Thursday, Oct. 19, 1-1:30pm ET
Via Zoom / Free / Register at https://bit.ly/lal-ly2

Most histories of American Jewish education deride nineteenth-century Jewish Sunday schools. But when Laura Yares looked more closely at the curricula, the operative philosophies, and the experiences that students and teachers had in these schools, she found that they did important cultural work. In this session, she will discuss her recent book, ‘Jewish Sunday Schools: Teaching Religion in Nineteenth-Century America,’ and describe what educators can learn from this pioneering generation in American Jewish education.

Laura Yares is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching center on Jewish experiences in modernity, with a particular interest in Jewish education. She is the author of ‘Jewish Sunday Schools: Teaching Religion in Nineteenth Century America,’ published by NYU Press in 2023. With Sharon Avni, she is currently working on a contemporary ethnographic project sponsored by the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education that explores what people learn about Judaism from seeing Jewish themes and characters represented in Jewish cultural arts.


Learning About Learning: Join us virtually for a series of conversations hosted by Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education Director Jon A. Levisohn (Brandeis University), 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. This session will be hosted by Professor Jonathan Krasner, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center Chair in Jewish Education Research.

These events are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Videos and podcasts of past events can be found at https://www.brandeis.edu/mandel/events/videos.html.

Contact Email:https://www.brandeis.edu/mandel/index.html