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A Philosophy of Israel Education

A Relational Approach

Palgrave Macmillan


  • Introduces new philosophy of "person-centered" Israel education

  • Leading scholar in the field of history and practices of Israel education

  • Focuses on character development and exploring a vision of ethnic education becoming ethical education

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Table of contents (4 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vii
  2. A Relational Philosophy of Israel Education

    • Barry Chazan
    Pages 1-15Open Access
  3. Making Israel Education Happen

    • Barry Chazan
    Pages 17-33Open Access
  4. A Culture of Israel Education

    • Barry Chazan
    Pages 35-50Open Access
  5. Epilogue

    • Barry Chazan
    Pages 51-54Open Access
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 55-64

About this book

This book develops a new philosophy of Israel education. “Person-centered” Israel education is concerned with developing in individual learners the ability to understand and make rational, emotional, and ethical decisions about Israel, and about the challenges Israel regularly faces, whether they be existential, spiritual, democratic, humanitarian, national, etc. Chazan begins by laying out the terms of the conversation then examines the six-pronged theory of “person-centered” Israel education to outline the aims, content, pedagogy, and educators needed to implement this program. Finally, the author meditates on what a transformation from ethnic to ethical education might look like in this context and others.

This book is Open Access under a CC-BY license.


  • pedagogy
  • ethical education
  • person-centered education
  • twentieth century
  • Jewish identity
  • heritage studies
  • religion and society


“This short book is a written analysis of the relational approach that  the Israeli people take to education in their country. … This was a nice history of what Israel education was and what it can be.” (Justin Dilliplane, Resolved for Christ,, February, 2018)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and, Lincolnshire, USA

    Barry Chazan

About the author

Barry Chazan is Professor Emeritus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and teaches at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: A Philosophy of Israel Education

  • Book Subtitle: A Relational Approach

  • Authors: Barry Chazan

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-30778-7

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-30779-4

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VII, 64

  • Topics: Educational Philosophy, Sociology of Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Judaism

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)