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Celebrating 100 Years of Religious Teacher Education

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Herzog College is hosting a conference to celebrate 100 years of religious teachers’ education in Israel, and marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the “Seminar Mizrachi” named in honor of Eliezer Meir Lipschütz. Today this college is a part of Herzog College.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Fund International Conference on Jewish Education

The conference will take place from June 20-22, 2021, 10-12 Tammuz 5781, in Jerusalem and Alon Shvut, Israel, and sessions will be available to guests and lecturers from overseas via Zoom. It will provide an opportunity to share current research in religious education, to discuss the current challenges facing religious education, the conference aims to promote academic and cultural discourse in the field of religious teacher education, as well as Jewish education in Israel and the Diaspora.

Significant scholars in the field of Jewish education from Israel and around the world have been invited to participate in the conference. These scholars will present their research and also participate in a dialogue on current issues in the various fields falling under the broad category of Jewish education.

Click here to see the Conference Program

Scholars who will be participating in the conference include:

  • Rabbi Professor Yehuda Brandes, President of Herzog College
  • Professor Yuval Dror, Emeritus, Tel Aviv University & Tel Hai College
  • Prof. Naama Tzabar Ben Yehoshua, Tel Aviv University & Achva College, Director of Master’s Program in Culture of the People of Israel
  • Dr. Tammy Eisenmann, Herzog College, Initiative for Research in Education, Israeli Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Yair Barkai, Head of Lifshitz College
  • Dr. Zehavit Gross, School of Education, Bar-Ilan University
  • Dr. Shlomo Romi, Herzog College, Emeritus, Bar-Ilan University
  • Professor Rona Novick, Yeshiva University, Dean of Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education

Topics addressed during the conference will include:

  • Religious teacher training from a multicultural and religious perspective
  • The future of teacher training in colleges of education
  • Between religious, Jewish education and religious coercion
  • Fundamental issues in religious education (faith, prayer, secularization, education for religious values in a digital technological age, religious education study programs)
  • Research on religious education and the model religious educator
  • The history of religious and Jewish teacher training
  • Jewish education in the Diaspora
  • The national religious education stream vs. other educational streams
  • Management challenges in religious education
  • Integration and segregation in religious education

Click here to see the Conference Program

Background to the Conference

Teacher education in the religious education stream in Israel is now approaching its centennial, and it is important to encourage scholarly discourse in this area, particularly in light of the challenges faced by religious education today. It is incumbent upon us to strengthen research and cultural discourse dealing with the training of religious educators, and to examine it from different perspectives: psychological, gender-based, historical, sociological, pedagogical and cultural. At the same time, attention must be paid to the current and future challenges in the field of religious teacher education in all its different varieties.

The conference offers opportunities for scholars from Israel and around the world to interact and to meet with professionals who teach the teachers, as well as with promising young people entering the field. The conference sessions will focus on research and scholarship that have direct impact on the process of training religious teachers in Israel and around the world, in diverse areas including education and pedagogy, Torah and values, organization and administration.

The conference aims to promote educational discourse while serving as a platform to share current research in the field of religious education, and to promote practical insights for teacher training in Israel and around the world. In conjunction with these goals, the conference hopes to work towards the advancement of Jewish education in general and religious education in particular, multiculturalism, and pluralism of the present age.

To register to attend the sessions in person or online, visit https://herzogedu.com/en/registration/