HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal


Religious Purposefulness

Religious Purposefulness

The AVI CHAI Foundation has promoted the notion that day schools are primary incubators of “religious purposefulness,” developing the capacity to live deep, authentic Jewish lives through regular contact with the sources of Jewish tradition, be they textual, ritual, communal. Authors here probe the ramifications of this notion for our understanding of the mission of day schools and their role in Jewish communal life.

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Response to Berger by Rabbi Jay Goldmintz

by Rabbi Jay Goldmintz Sep 25, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: Mission & Vision

As a proud graduate of the kind of community day school that Berger describes and celebrates, I cannot help but agree with the case he makes for a purposeful and “intentional” education. Yet I now find myself associated professionally with the kind of day school and community which are much more akin to the “natural” “mimetic” community which he describes, and it is through that prism that I read and respond to his remarks.

Measuring and Promoting Religious Purposefulness in Jewish Day Schools

by Scott J.Goldberg, PhD, and David Pelcovitz, PhD Sep 25, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: Mission & Vision

Currently, most, if not all, Jewish schools approach religious and spiritual growth in a non-systematic way, uninformed by the wisdom of the fields of psychology, sociology, and general religious education. When Jewish schools do approach this topic, the outcome is often a program or seminar, as opposed to a more global understanding that is infused into all aspects of school functioning. Parents, students, and educators need guidance on how to inspire religious purposefulness in adolescents in an age when various media, and society in general, compete for an adolescent's attention.