Music and prayer have been combined since ancient times. A prayer tune, conveyed from generation to generation, sets the atmosphere for the service and allows the congregation to focus on the connection with the Divine.
Get right into the mode for the upcoming Holiday with Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch, as he explains with great emotion and passion how the same verse is recited in different tunes in multiple synagogues around the neighborhood.
The Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies sponsored a special conference on Jewish Education in Israel and the Diaspora Tuesday.
The conference featured a special panel on Prof. Walter Ackerman’s recently published book “Jewish Education – For What? and Other Essays”, which includes a collection of articles dealing with Jewish teaching in Israel and the Diaspora.
Among the researchers who took part in the conference were Dr. Brenda Bacon from the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and Prof. Hanan Alexander of the University of Haifa.
Dr. Bacon, one of the book’s editors, explained its importance: “The largest centers of Jewish populations today are in Israel and the US even though these are two very different populations dealing with different social issues, they share educational challenges.
“The work done in the field of Jewish education in both countries is significant and provides a model for research in Jewish education in other Jewish communities as well.”
Dr. Ari Ackerman, of the Schechter Institute’s Jewish Education Center and co-editor of the book, added that Ackerman’s work has laid the foundation for academic research in the field of education, which is a relatively new field in academia.
“Prof. Ackerman is familiar with the inner workings of the Jewish education system… He pioneered research on Jewish education, and considered the ideal Jewish school graduate in America to be proficient and well-versed in Jewish sources.”
Upon coming to Israel, Prof. Ackerman headed the School of Education at Ben Gurion University and built the Jewish education track at the Schechter institute for Jewish Studies.
The book was published jointly by the Schechter Institute, the Kelman Center for Jewish Education at Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and the Center for Jewish Education at the University of Haifa.