A New Model For Jewish Teacher Training: Bridging the Worlds of Jewish and Public Education

by Rebecca Shargel and Hana Bor

Baltimore Hebrew University (BHU), a renowned teachers college and school of Judaic studies celebrated its 90th birthday in 2009. The same year marked a dramatic transition, a merger with Towson University, the second largest university in the state of Maryland. On our new campus we continue our mission to prepare students for Masters degrees in Jewish studies, Jewish Communal Service, and Jewish Education.

As professors of Jewish education, we knew that we had an enormous opportunity at Towson, the largest teachers college in Maryland, which has a faculty of over 100 professors. Not only would we enjoy the multiple resources of a large state university while preparing students for careers in the Jewish world, we knew that we could also find ways to create bridges between our students and those students preparing to work in public schools. These bridges would broaden the context of our students’ learning and give them an appreciation of how Jewish and general education could mutually benefit each other.

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