Academic Approaches to Teaching Jewish Studies

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In this much anticipated follow-up to his Methodology in the Academic Teaching of Judaism (University Press of America, 1987), Zev Garber brings together an outstanding group of scholars and master teachers at the cutting edge of Jewish Studies. As each of these contributors confronts the process of integrating Jewish Studies into college humanities classes, the reader is treated to a wide-ranging and imaginative set of essays that will assist and inspire any educator who wishes to incorporate the concepts and themes of Jewish scholarship into his or her course. The volume is divided into four sections. The first concentrates on theory and methodology while the second examines the various approaches or topics that can be used to teach Jewish Studies. These include the Bible, rabbinical and modern literature, ethics, Zionism, Shoah, feminism, and Hebrew language. The third section is concerned with the proper direction of teaching Jewish Studies to non-Jews and touches upon the sensitive issue of how to educate and not indoctrinate. The last section includes personal perspectives on curricular issues that have a bearing on the integration of Jewish Studies and Western culture. Like the critically acclaimed first publication, this volume provides a thought-provoking and useful introduction to Jewish studies for a new cadre of scholars, students, and clergy.

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Zev Garber is Professor of Jewish Studies at Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys, California.

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The current volume is a worthy successor to its most significant predecessor of the 1980s. Garber is to be commended for his continuing efforts to bring attention to the multiphased phenomenon that has become 'Jewish Studies.'> (Richard Libowitz Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies)

Although best known for his work on the Shoah, Zev Garber has been an indefatigable lecturer, writer, and teacher of Jewish Studies. The current volume is a worthy successor to its most significant predecessor of the 1980's. Garber is to be commended for his continuing efforts to bring attention to the multiphased phenomenon that has become 'Jewish Studies'. (Richard Leibowitz, Department of Theology, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia.)

While this book is intended for scholars, it should also be very useful for the laity in the Jewish community. On reading this book, they will better understand the complexity of the issues, challenges, and opportunities facing educators. (Jewish Book World)

Academic Approaches to Teaching Jewish Studies can inspire anyone teaching in this field. (Journal of Ecumenical Studies)

Garber's book offers convincing proof that there are teachers in the field with the expertise to handle high-level students along with newcomers. (Beverly Gray Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles)

. . .underscores how Jewish studies must be a central response to the Shoah-Nazi Germany's genocidal attack on the Jewish people. (American Jewish Congress, Congress Monthly)

...the individual studies substantially contribute to the discussion, which should interest teachers of Jewish studies and be of concern to anyone interested in the state of undergraduate education in the humanities today. (A. J. Avery-Peck CHOICE)

The current volume is a worthy successor to its most significant predecessor of the 1980s. Garber is to be commended for his continuing efforts to bring attention to the multiphased phenomenon that has become 'Jewish Studies.' (Richard Libowitz Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Of Jewish Studies)

Helping to give Jewish studies the bright future it deserves, 'Academic Approaches to Teaching Jewish Studies' makes a contribution of vital significance. (John K. Roth American Jewish Congress, Congress Monthly)

'Academic Approaches to Teaching Jewish Studies' has appeal beyond academia. (Zev Wallis Jewish Spectator)

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