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objectives and practices of Jewish schools in America that are
quite different not only from those of previous generations but
also from experiences of Jewries of other countries in modern
times. The writer would also venture to suggest an overall ob-
jective shared by most, if not all, participants in the anthology,
namely, that Jewish education in its deeper meaning is more
than a means of learning about the history, literature, faith and
rituals of the Jewish people. T o those concerned w ith the destiny
of Jewry and Judaism, Jewish education must become the most
significant positive instrument for molding a culture and tradi-
tion to serve the needs of Jewry and exercise a salutary influence
upon the life of the individual Jew in a modern, dynamic society.
Juda ism an d th e Jew ish Schoo l
is a valuable contribution to
Jewish education literature in English. It will be particularly
welcomed by Jewish teachers institutes and colleges which have
long felt the need for a reader containing authentic presentations
and interpretations of Jewish education in America in modern
times.
First Jewish Education Encyclopedia
The most significant and enduring contribution to Jewish
education literature is the recent publication of the
E n ts ik lo p ed ia
H in u k h it
issued by the Ministry of Education and the Mosad Bia-
lik in Israel, with Martin Buber as chief editor. T h e
E du ca tion
Encyc loped ia
is to consist of five volumes, of which three dealing
with “Foundations of Education, ” “Ways of Education" and
“History of Education,” have already been published. These
volumes, as well as those scheduled to appear, embrace all sub-
jects related to education in all its phases throughout the world,
but as a first publication of its kind it was natural that Jewish
education would be accorded the thorough treatment it had
never received in the past.
The volume on “Foundations of Education” is devoted to
theories, philosophies and types of education in different coun-
tries and cultures, including up-to-date treatment o f the various
trends and forms of Jewish education in Israel and the Diaspora.
The volume on “Ways of Education" is concerned mainly with
questions of procedure and methods of teaching from kinder-
garten to higher education. In addition to the treatment of gen-
eral problems in methodology, attention is given to the latest
methods of teaching specific subjects including language, both
native and foreign. In this connection the editors have fully
considered the problem of teaching Hebrew in Israel and in
Jewish communities where it is given as a foreign or second lan-
guage. The authors show a mastery of the entire field, down to