What happens when young adults visit a Jewish museum? What do they learn about Jews and Judaism, and how are they changed by what they see, touch, hear and feel? During this conversation, Dr. Laura Yares will discuss findings from a pre-pandemic study of 30 young adult visitors to the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, and describe the rich learning that can occur in episodic leisure-time Jewish educational settings.
This webinar is the second in a series of conversations hosted by Mandel Center director Jon A. Levisohn, in which leading scholars of Jewish education discuss what they have learned from their investigations of various aspects of Jewish education and why this work matters.
Dr. Yares, professor at Michigan State University and affiliate scholar at the Mandel Center, focuses her research and teaching on Jews and Judaism in modernity, with particular interests in Jewish education. Her current research includes a book project exploring the growth of Jewish Sunday schools and the development of the category of religion in 19th-century American Judaism. With Sharon Avni (CUNY), she is currently at work on a contemporary ethnographic project exploring Jewish learning in cultural arts settings, supported by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education.+ More... - Less...
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