A conference I helped organize at Brandeis…

For all its astonishing success in recent years, academic Jewish studies has yet to explore how it can most fully engage the lives and minds of its students and of the larger communities of which it is a part.

Noam Pianko and Jon Levishon

Noam Pianko and Jon Levisohn

The Project on Pedagogies of Engagement in Jewish Studies has recruited a group of professors of Jewish studies to confront directly the issues facing Jewish studies and to build together new pedagogic models that respond to the challenges and opportunities of student engagement.

The phrase “pedagogies of engagement” signals:

  • new ways of teaching that show promise of engaging students more fully;
  • a closer attention to and focus on students’ experience and students’ learning in academic courses, whether they employ new or more traditional ways of teaching ;
  • a concern for civic and communal engagement on the part of our students, as a desirable outcome of our teaching;
  • a bolder view about the role of Jewish studies in the community, including engagement of community members beyond the particular students who show up in our classes.

For more, see Pedagogies of Engagement in Jewish Studies | Research | Mandel | Brandeis University.