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Educating in the Divine Image

Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools

Chaya Rosenfeld Gorsetman and Elana Maryles Sztokman

Although recent scholarship has examined gender issues in Judaism with regard to texts, rituals, and the rabbinate, there has been no full-length examination of the education of Jewish children in day schools. Drawing on studies in education, social science, and psychology, as well as personal interviews, the authors show how traditional (mainly Orthodox) day school education continues to re-inscribe gender inequities and socialize students into unhealthy gender identities and relationships. They address pedagogy, school practices, curricula, and textbooks, as along with single-sex versus coed schooling, dress codes, sex education, Jewish rituals, and gender hierarchies in educational leadership. Drawing a stark picture of the many ways both girls and boys are molded into gender identities, the authors offer concrete resources and suggestions for transforming educational practice.

Paper: $40 | E-book: $39.99
ISBN-13: 9781611684582
Pages: 368 | Size: 6 in. x 9 in.
Date Published: October 1, 2013

About the Author

Chaya Gorsetman

Chaya Gorsetman is clinical associate professor of education, Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University.

Elana Maryles Sztokman

Dr. Elana Maryles Sztokman is a feminist thought-leader, anthropologist, and writer whose research and ideas help shape a vision for a compassionate society. Author of six books (so far!) on gender in society, and a two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Council award, Elana is the creator of the Jewish Feminist Academy, where she offers courses and content to help shape conversations about gender in Jewish life. She writes, speaks, and consults with groups and organizations around the …

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