Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University:

ONLINEWhat Girls Learn in Jewish Families

March 15, 2023 Free
Professor Ilana Horwitz (Courtesy photo)

In the past, Jewish families, like many others, offered girls fewer educational opportunities than boys. But that has not been the case for some time now. In her recent scholarship, Ilana Horwitz has demonstrated the ways that girls raised by Jewish parents complete more years of college and attend more selective schools than girls from comparable socioeconomic backgrounds raised by non-Jewish parents. She argues that this is based on a distinctive “religious subculture” in the home.

Ilana M. Horwitz (PhD, Stanford University) is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Sociology and the Fields-Rayant Chair of Contemporary Jewish Life at the Stuart and Suzanne Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience at Tulane University. She is also the Program Director for the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education Doctoral Fellows Program.

In her research, Dr. Horwitz takes a sociological approach to examine how people’s religious upbringing, race, ethnicity, social class, and gender shape their life course, especially their educational experiences. Dr. Horwitz’s recent book, “God, Grades, and Graduation: Religion’s Surprising Impact on Academic Success,” introduces readers to the concept of religious restraint, a new type of childrearing logic that cuts across social class groups and accounts for the role of religion

Learning About Learning: Conversations with Scholars of Jewish Education

Join us virtually for a series of conversations hosted by Mandel Center Director Jon A. Levisohn (Brandeis University), in which leading scholars of Jewish education discuss what they have learned from their investigations of various aspects of Jewish education, and why it matters.

These events are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Videos and podcasts of past events can be found out at

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