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Jewish Women as Learning Different

Jewish Educational Leadership
Spring
2008
6

Channa Tanenbaum surveys the literature on learning differences between men and women, and offers specific implications for the education of Jewish women. She states that "female students in Orthodox day schools are learning different not only because they are girls, but because they are Jewish girls." Paradoxically, many women who delve deeply into traditional Jewish texts are often considered less serious about their Judaism. The article ends with many questions for further research.   An accompanying article by Chana Tannenbaum, "A Vision for Leadership," is also linked to from this page. 

Tanu Rabbanan: JOFA's New Curriculum

2007

In this session, join JOFA's gender-sensitive Chumash curriculum development team for a taste of the learning experience they are creating on Exodus for 5th grade classrooms. We will explore Miriam's early leadership qualities as evidenced in the Torah and in the Midrash. Your comments and suggestions will contribute to this dynamic work-in-progress.

Gender Equality and Gender Distinctiveness: A challenge to Jewish Day School Education

Women's Studies Program, Brandeis University
0000

Greenberg discusses the need to focus on gender equality in Orthodox day schools by being sensitive to language, prayer requirements, the need for role models, and access to textual study. She suggests several practical steps that day schools can take to help integrate feminist values into their environments and play a role in shaping the future of Modern Orthodoxy.

The Educational Message to Girls and Boys in an Age of Change

Men and Women, Gender, Judaism & Democracy, ed. Rachel Elior
2005

Men and Women: Gender, Judaism and Democracy is a collection of articles on the socio-legal status of women in Israel, the religious and cultural context of their rights, and their equality according to religious and civil law. The significance of the heritage of the past, the challenges of the present, and the constructive criticism aiming to suggest alternative outlooks for the future, are elaborated on by eleven leading thinkers. This article is in Hebrew.

A Vision for Leadership

Jewish Educational Leadership
Spring
2008
6

This article accompanies the article "Jewish women as 'Learning Different'" by the same author, also linked to from this page. In this article, the author relates that in both Israeli and North American yeshiva day schools, adolescent females are often educated into self restraint under the guise of modesty, with their role being defined for them as important only as it relates to their family responsibilities. She states that in our changing world, we need to prepare a generation of women for leadership.

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