Curriculum Wars and the Struggle for the Future of Judaism

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Curriculum Wars and the Struggle for the Future of Judaism

Join us for a discussion on curriculum in Hasidic schools with Michah Gottlieb, David Ellenson, Yitzhak Melamed, and Naomi Seidman.

By Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin

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Tuesday, April 25 · 7 - 8:30pm EDT


Center for Jewish History 15 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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News reports about curricular standards in Hasidic schools have set off a polarizing public debate. With the rapid growth of Hasidic Judaism, many observers recognize that the future of American Judaism is being contested. Arguments over the Jewish curriculum are not new. In his new book, The Jewish Reformation, Michah Gottlieb (NYU) explores how in the 18th and 19th centuries these disputes reflected competing spiritual visions of Judaism. Join us for an illuminating program about the contemporary relevance of these centuries-old debates. David Ellenson (Hebrew Union College) will moderate a conversation between Gottlieb, Yitzhak Melamed, (Johns Hopkins University) and Naomi Seidman (University of Toronto).

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The Leo Baeck Institute — New York | Berlin (LBI) is devoted to the history of German-speaking Jews. Its 80,000-volume library and extensive archival and art collections represent the most significant repository of primary source material and scholarship on the Jewish communities of Central Europe over the past five centuries.