Jewish Peoplehood Education

  • David Mittelberg
Part of the International Handbooks of Religion and Education book series (IHRE, volume 5)


This chapter will argue that (1) in both Israel and the Diaspora, Jewish youth seem to feel little existential need to belong to a Jewish collective (local or global), (2) The Jewish people has an existential and urgent need to instill a sense of belonging in its next generation if it wishes to survive, (3) the paradigm of Jewish peoplehood and the practice of Jewish peoplehood education, can respond effectively to the task of instilling a need to belong that can be shared by both Israeli and Diaspora young Jews. The chapter will review three educational models that currently exist and conclude by offering what might comprise essential components of a Jewish Peoplehood education paradigm, followed by research questions designed to move the Jewish peoplehood discourse forward.


American Student Jewish Community Jewish Identity Jewish Peoplehood Jewish Life 
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The author would like to acknowledge with thanks the support of the following: Lori Abramson, in charge of evaluation at Oren, prepared the original interim reports and was very helpful in preparing the data on which was based the secondary analysis reported here. Tally Gur from Oren and MeLena Hassel from the Cohen Center at Brandeis University assisted with different parts of background research for this chapter. Elana Sztokman from Beit Hatfutzoth assisted with the materials from The International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies. Roberta Bell Kligler read the entire manuscript and offered invaluable comments that enriched the chapter. My thanks to the anonymous reviewers who helped to sharpen many of the points made here. Finally, I wish to thank all the educators in the field who gave of their time to respond to my many questions, we all owe them a debt of gratitude for their innovative work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oranim, Academic College of EducationTivonIsrael

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