Making Jewish Education Relevant for the 21st Century Student

By Scott Mandel

Aligning our Jewish curricula to the general education curricula that students experience every day will create a cultural awareness within our students of the Jewish presence throughout world, and American, history.

The biggest problem facing Jewish education today is the issue of relevancy. More than ever before, we are facing an entire generation of American Jewish students who see little relevance in their Jewish education. Long past are the days where children were sent to Hebrew School because of grandparent pressure. Today, more than any other time in our history, children who have no desire to attend supplemental school can easily convince their parents to drop the idea. As a result, if Jewish education is not relevant to their lives, supplemental school enrollment falls by the wayside.

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