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The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education (Paperback)
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The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education (Paperback)

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Paperback 512 Pages / Published: 09/06/2011
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Samson Benderly inaugurated the first Bureau of Jewish Education in 1910 amid a hodgepodge of congregational schools, khayders, community Talmud Torahs, and private tutors. Drawing on the theories of Johann Pestalozzi, Herbert Spencer, and John Dewey, and deriving inspiration from cultural Zionism, Benderly sought to modernize Jewish education by professionalizing the field, creating an immigrant-based, progressive supplementary school model, and spreading the mantra of community responsibility for Jewish education. With philanthropist Jacob Schiff and influential laymen financing his plans, Benderly realized that his best hope for transforming the educational landscape nationwide was to train a younger generation of teachers, principals, and bureau leaders. These young men became known collectively as the "Benderly Boys," who, from the 1920s to the 1970s, were the dominant force in Jewish education-both formal and informal-in the United States.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781584659839
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 721 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 31 mm


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[A] well-written, deeply researched, and richly annotated volume. H-JUDAIC"
The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education is an outstanding work of scholarship. It has a strong narrative drive, yet captures the big themes beyond a mere recitation of facts. Superbly documented and compelling, this work establishes Krasner as the leading historian of American Jewish education for the present generation. I eagerly look forward to what he will produce next and what his work may inspire in other scholars. The Forward"
[A] fascinating story. Jewish Journal of South Florida"
Jonathan Krasner s excellent book tells the story of Samson Benderly and his disciples and the effect that they had on American Jewish education in the first half of the twentieth century. Because the history of Jewish education in America is very much the story of how American Jews have sought to define themselves in this land, Krasner s work also is valuable to general students of American Jewish life. The Benderly Boys is meticulously researched. It uses personal letters, interviews, detailed organizational minutes, photos, and close reading of curricula and other texts to construct a vivid picture of the individuals studied and the age in which they worked. Krasner is a gifted writer, and his analysis is uniformly fair and insightful. American Jewish Archives"
"[A] fascinating story."--Jewish Journal of South Florida

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