Chapters

Chapters in Edited Volumes

JEWISH EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL
Shaul Kelner. 2008. 

Pages 423-432 in What We Now Know About Jewish Education: Perspectives on Research for Practice

Edited by Roberta Louis Goodman, Paul J. Flexner and Linda Dale Bloomberg. Los Angeles: Torah Aura.

Drawing on anthropological research on travel and tourism, this chapter offers a theoretical groundwork for articulating a program of research in Jewish educational travel, broadly conceived.

WHO IS BEING TAUGHT?
Jewish Early Childhood Education’s Adult-Centered Approach

Shaul Kelner. 2007.
 

WHY JEWISH PARENTS SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO DAY SCHOOLS
Steven M. Cohen and Shaul Kelner. 2007.

TOWARD THE STUDY OF COMMUNITY EFFECTS ON JEWISH ENGAGEMENT
The Case of Educational Enrollment

Shaul Kelner and Steven M. Cohen. 2007.

Chapters 3, 4 and 9 in Family Matters: Jewish Education in an Age of Choice

Edited by Jack Wertheimer. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England. Pp. 59-79.

Studies in the sociology of education: Three chapters analyzing the roles played by families, schools, communities, and advocacy groups .

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The American Soviet Jewry Movement’s ‘Uneventful’ 1968: Cold War Liberalism, Human Interest and the Politics of the Long Haul

2018. In American Jewish History 102(1), 5-35. How did the American campaign for Soviet Jews, a movement born in and of the 1960s, manage to pass the tumultuous 1968 in relative quiet? And what does this reveal about the movement itself, its relationship to the politics of the New Left, and the relationship between internal...... KEEP READING

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Veneration and Critique: Israel, the Sociology of American Judaism and the Problematics of Sovereignty

2016. In Jewish Studies Quarterly 23, 194–221. Both the erosion of state sovereignty and the conceptual reassessments that have emerged in response to this erosion provide the context for this consideration of American Jewish religious engagement with the State of Israel. Theorizations of sovereignty can be helpful for thinking about the relationship between American Judaism...... KEEP READING

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American Jewish Sociology

2014. In Oxford Bibliographies in Jewish Studies. Ed. David Biale. New York: Oxford University Press. This online annotated bibliography with hundreds of references surveys the broad scope of research in the sociology of American Jews. Chapter headings: Introduction General Overviews Critical Histories of the Field Readers Journals and Book Series Research Centers, Archives, and Repositories...... KEEP READING

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Forgotten Lessons of Jewish Activism: How American Jews Mobilized to Fight for Human Rights in the USSR (and Saved American Jewry in the Process)

A lecture delivered  to the Center for Jewish and Holocuast Studies at Youngstown State University in October 2017.... KEEP READING

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Drink Prey Lust

Wexner Foundation Blog, March 15, 2016. Purim is a festival of inversion, a time when the lowly are honored, the esteemed are mocked, the serious is parodied, and the forbidden is — for a moment — permissible.  By turning things upside down for a day, Purim reaffirms what right-side-up should look like. It is only...... KEEP READING

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The Soviet Jewry Movement

A podcast produced by the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan in March 2016.... KEEP READING

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Soviet Jewry Activists & Civic Engagement

Delivered March 6, 2014, for the Murray Friedman Memorial Lecture, a symposium sponsored by Temple University’s Feinstein Center for American Jewish History, and co-sponsored with the American Jewish Committee Philadelphia and the National Museum of American Jewish History.... KEEP READING

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The Timeless and the Timely: Sacralizing Political Activism in the Campaign for Soviet Jewry

A lecture delivered on February 25, 2016 at the University of Michigan, the Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies.  ... KEEP READING

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Encounters and Journeys: Cultivating Jewish Peoplehood?

This December 2015 blogcast sponsored by the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education focuses on travel as a form of Jewish education, ethical engagement and community-building. Click here to view.... KEEP READING

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Seeing Jewish Studies Through Christian Students’ Writing

From the Brandeis University Mandel Center’s blog, “Learning about Learning”, Jan. 6, 2015: The Zohar may seem an unlikely text to use for the first session of a 100-level Introduction to Jewish Studies class. I chose to open with it, however, for three reasons…  Continue Reading »... KEEP READING

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Reshaping the World Through Vision, Activism, Ideas and Initiative (Not Demography)

Wexner Foundation Blog, May 22, 2014 I have now seen several rounds of brouhaha over Jewish population surveys: 1990, 2001, and now Pew 2013. One would think that the conversation would advance each decade. This is social science after all; time marches on and we build our knowledge cumulatively, on the shoulders of giants as...... KEEP READING

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Historical Perspectives on Diaspora Homeland Tourism: ‘Israel Experience’ Education in the 1950s and 1960s

2013. In Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education 7(2): 99–113. Homeland tourism is a powerful medium of diasporic education. Yet efforts to understand the enterprise are hampered by neglect of the field’s history. This article contributes to the historiography of diaspora homeland tourism by examining the emergence American Jewish educational tours of Israel in the 1950s and...... KEEP READING

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Review of Spirited Commitment: The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation

Review of Roderick MacLeod and Eric John Abrahamson’s Spirited Commitment: The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation. (McGill–Queens University Press, 2010.)  2013. Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 12:2. Pp. 360-1 From the review: “Commissioned by the SSBFF on its fiftieth anniversary, this institutional history follows the Montreal-based foundation from its establishment in 1952 to its...... KEEP READING

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Religious Ambivalence in Jewish American Philanthropy

2013. In this chapter, I consider Jewish philanthropic federations, and their ambivalent relationship to Jewish religion from the 19th century to the present. I attempt to show that much of this ambivalence stems from the fact that these philanthropic institutions understand themselves not only to be agents of voluntary action for the public good but...... KEEP READING

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In Its Own Image: Independent Philanthropy and the Cultivation of Young Jewish Leadership

2011. This study examines Jewish American leadership development initiatives from the 1970s to the present day, focusing on the programs’ roots in the changing landscape of Jewish philanthropy and a shift in agenda-setting power from communally governed Jewish charitable federations to independent family foundations. Shaul Kelner 2011. “In Its Own Image: Independent Philanthropy and the...... KEEP READING

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