HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal


by RAVSAK Staff Issue: The Arts in Jewish Education

We are pleased to introduce a new column starting this issue. Bookcase will feature books, articles, and websites pertaining to the theme of the current issue of HaYidion for readers who wish to investigate the topic in greater depth.


Eisner, Eliot. The Arts and the Creation of Mind. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.

Gallas, Karen. Languages of Learning: How Children Talk, Write, Draw, Dance, and Sing their Understanding of the World. New York: Teachers College Press, 1994.

Goldberg, Merryl. Integrating the Arts: An Approach to Teaching and Learning in Multicultural and Multilingual Settings (Third Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Allyn & Bacon, 2005.

Perkins, David. The Intelligent Eye: Learning to Think by Looking at Art. Los Angeles: The Getty Center for Education in the Arts, 1994.


www.meltonarts.org: ready-made lesson plans on Judaic topics using the arts

www.avodaarts.org: an organization that creates artistic programs that serve as portals for Jewish learning

www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/links/toolbox/books.html: a resource listing hundreds of books and magazines in all fields of arts education

Council of American Jewish Museums: http://www2.jewishculture.org/cultural_services/museums/cajm/directory/

American Association of Museums: http://www.aam-us.org/aboutmuseums/directory.cfm

www.gildedlions.org: text and images of the Jewish folk art traditions exhibited at the American Folk Art Museum (see the article in this issue by Kalter and Lasser)

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The Arts in Jewish Education

With innovation recognized as a premium for all education, the arts need to be taken more seriously, plumbed for pedagogy and curriculum, and integrated into the classroom across the curriculum. The arts represent distinct disciplines with their own histories and methods. For Jewish studies, they offer a vehicle for student interpretation, a different entry point into Jewish text and tradition.

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