MCSJE News & Events -I- April 2024


Jewish Funders Network Award

Mazel tov to Dr. Sivan Zakai on receiving the 2024 Ilia Salita Excellence in Research Award. Dr. Zakai was recognized for her leadership of the MCSJE project, Children's Learning About Israel.


MCSJE is committed to sharing its research findings broadly with other scholars and practitioners in an effort to strengthen the field of Jewish education scholarship. In our new format, we share past research that centers around shared themes and ideas, from a variety of projects. This month's theme is Jewish day schools.

Teaching and Learning in Jewish Day Schools

The Teaching and Learning in Jewish Day Schools book project emerged from MCSJE's 2018 Inside Jewish Day Schools conference and brings together 13 scholarly chapters that examine what we know about teaching and learning in Jewish day schools.

Jewish Day Schools History Project

Professor Jonathan Krasner (MCSJE) leads this ongoing project exploring the origins of the idea of modern Jewish day schools, why they have developed as they have, and whether they are likely to be sustainable in the future.

Book launch for Inside Jewish Day Schools: Leadership, Learning, and Community

In conversation with leaders of Jewish education, authors Alex Pomson (Rosov Consulting) and Jack Wertheimer (Jewish Theological Seminary) share highlights from their book, a publication of the Mandel-Brandeis Series in Jewish Education.

Teacher Learning Project

Between 2005 and 2013, with the support of the Covenant Foundation, the Teacher Learning Project worked intensively with Jewish day schools to develop their capacity to induct new faculty and to encourage ongoing teacher learning, and to develop the resources and materials to support that work.

DeLeT Longitudinal Survey

This longitudinal survey project explored key issues regarding teacher education, retention, and quality among Jewish day school teachers.


MCSJE events are free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Learning About Learning: Conversations with Scholars of Jewish Education

Visualizing Jewish Texts and Practices through the Graphic Novel

Dr. Talia Hurwich

Date: Thursday, April 11

Time: 1 - 1:30pm ET via Zoom

What happens when students of classical Jewish texts encounter visual representations of those texts, not just words? In her recent study Reconsidering Religious Gender Normativity in Graphic Novel AdaptationsTalia Hurwich learned that students often respond in deeply personal ways to visual representations of topics that may otherwise be suppressed by social norms around Jewish texts and practices. In this session, she will discuss the role graphic novels can play in mediating between traditional religious practices and modern social change.

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Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in Jewish Education

Date: Thursday, May 2

Time: 1 - 2:15pm ET via Zoom

In this special event, authors from a recent themed issue of Journal of Jewish Education will discuss their articles on race, ethnicity, and immigration in Jewish education. The issue spotlights the experiences of underrepresented individuals and serves as compelling testimony about the diverse array of Jewish experiences and identities, challenging prevailing norms about how Jewish educational spaces are designed and who benefits from them.

The event will be moderated by Ilana Horwitz (Tulane University).

Co-sponsored by MCSJE, the Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience at Tulane University, and the Journal of Jewish Education.

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Book Release for The Second Conversation: Interpretive Authority in the Bible Classroom

A discussion with Ziva Hassenfeld (Brandeis University), author of The Second Conversation: Interpretive Authority in the Bible Classroom. This book is part of the Mandel-Brandeis Series in Jewish Education. It is now available for order from Brandeis University Press.

Video now available

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