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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 School versus School as Community

Community School versus School as Community

The Case of Bet El Community in Buenos Aires

(p.172) Nine Community School versus School as Community
Jewish Day Schools, Jewish Communities

Yossi J. Goldstein

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents two different views of the relationship between the Jewish day school and the Jewish community. It focuses on one case — that of the Bet El community in Buenos Aires, Argentina, founded in 1962 by Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer. A study of the Bet El Conservative School sheds light on the emergence of Jewish community schools that has become, since the 1970s, the leading trend in Jewish education in Argentina. Bet El, an institution regarded as the flagship school of the Conservative movement in Argentina, was founded as a kindergarten in 1967, some five years after Rabbi Meyer's establishment of the Bet El community as a nucleus for the development of the Conservative movement in Latin America. The elementary school began operating in 1974, at the same time as an application was made to establish a Conservative high school — an application that was approved by the public authorities but not taken further owing to the need to consolidate and strengthen the elementary school.

Keywords:   community school, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bet El community, Bet El Conservative School, Marshall T. Meyer, Conservative movement, Latin America

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