Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Barry Chazan
    Pages 1-15 Open Access
  3. Barry Chazan
    Pages 17-33 Open Access
  4. Barry Chazan
    Pages 35-50 Open Access
  5. Barry Chazan
    Pages 51-54 Open 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.

Barry Chazan is Professor of Education and Founding Director of the Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies Program at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership. He is Emeritus Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.


pedagogy ethical education person-centered education twentieth century Jewish identity heritage studies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Hebrew University of JerusalemSpertus Institute of Jewish Learning andLincolnshireUSA

About the authors

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
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-30778-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80883-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-30779-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 64
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Philosophy
    Religion and Society
    Philosophy of Religion
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“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)