Download PDF by Dr. Joseph Reimer: Succeeding At Jewish Education: How One Synagogue Made It

By Dr. Joseph Reimer

ISBN-10: 0827606230

ISBN-13: 9780827606234

ISBN-10: 1590454782

ISBN-13: 9781590454787

Joseph Reimer makes use of his event and skill as an ethnographer to deliver to existence the drama of 1 synagogue's fight to fulfill this problem and make Jewish schooling paintings. Reimer spent greater than years as an observer in the synagogue, learning the afternoon non secular education schemes for kids, households, and adults. due to his lecture room observations, and his conversations with rabbis, lecturers, and fogeys, Reimer comes away with very important insights into what makes Jewish schooling be triumphant.

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Can religious education be truly educational—substantive and enabling—rather than vapid and repressive? My challenge was to find a synagogue setting that I could study with the systematic attentiveness of a social scientist but also the hopefulness of one seeking an alterna­ tive to Rabbi Binder and all that he imaginatively repre­ sents. Entering the Field Having posed a broad research question, I had to develop a research plan to gather data on a Jewish educa­ tional setting. I was looking for a synagogue rather than a Jewish day school and planned to do an ethnographic study based on participatory observation rather than on surveys and questionnaires.

As defining ceremonies, these dramas are enactments of the conflicting stances that make up the congregation’s evolving identity. They are the congregation’s way of discovering—and the ethnographer’s way of observing—the values that most animate the life of the synagogue. ” You can’t just be Jewish; because in the United States, you will be Christian. (Rabbi Rachel Abeles, Temple Akiba) Rabbi Abeles’ observation returns us to Myerhoff’s second point: identity is a matter of actions and perfor­ mances, not simply of thoughts and feelings.

We children would be waiting for a service to begin when, seemingly without warning, two men would begin shout­ ing at one another at the top of their lungs. These were not personal disputes but very loud disagreements over synagogue practice. One party would often be the gabbai— a lay authority—who was perceived as having violated a norm of synagogue life by unfairly overlooking this second person’s turn to lead a part of the service. The aggrieved person, who was beside himself with hurt and indignant anger, would express those feelings directly and loudly to the gabbai.

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