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Jewish Day Schools, Jewish CommunitiesA Reconsideration$
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Alex Pomson and Howard Deitcher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113744

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113744.001.0001

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Community as a Means and an End in Jewish Education

Community as a Means and an End in Jewish Education

(p.90) Five Community as a Means and an End in Jewish Education
Jewish Day Schools, Jewish Communities

Jon A. Levisohn

Liverpool University Press

This chapter considers the possibility that communities are not only instrumentally but also intrinsically valuable. They are ends rather than or as well as means. The chapter discusses the educational implications of thinking about communities as ends in themselves, rather than as means to individual fulfilment and flourishing. It also considers what happens if, in our construction of visions of Jewish education, we seek to establish not only what makes an educated Jew but also what an ideal Jewish community is. The chapter questions whether or not it is even possible to sustain an enquiry into this question, or if any discussion of educational aims inevitably collapse into individualistic terms.

Keywords:   Jewish communities, Jewish education, educational aims, educated Jew, ideal Jewish community, individual fulfilment

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