"Why Jewish Day Schools Should Teach Students to Read Torah"

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December 7, 2022
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Jewish History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Teaching and Learning

Learning About Learning: A Conversation with Professor Ziva Hassenfeld

"Why Jewish Day Schools Should Teach Students to Read Torah"

Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 1-1:30 ET via Zoom

Register at https://www.brandeis.edu/mandel/events/learning-about-learning.html
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Jewish day schools expend significant time and energy in teaching Torah. But what are they trying to accomplish in this work? In this session, Ziva Hassenfeld will discuss her recently published research on students’ learning to read Torah, in order to argue that Jewish day schools can induct students into a way of reading texts that will serve them in all endeavors, from academics to text messaging with friends.

Ziva R. Hassenfeld is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Assistant Professor in Jewish Education at Brandeis University. She studies reading comprehension from a sociocultural perspective, focusing on how children develop interpretations of the Hebrew Bible as a case of student reading development. She uses a variety of qualitative methods including ethnographic observation, stimulated recall interviewing and think-aloud interviewing. These investigations connect her to the worlds of biblical hermeneutics, both contemporary and rabbinic, as well as literary theory and criticism.


Join us virtually for a series of half-hour 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 it matters. Videos and podcasts of past conversations are available at https://www.brandeis.edu/mandel/events/videos.html.

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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education / Brandeis University