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Will Your Kids Know Maimonides was Jewish?

A recent study shows the ignorance of our own people.

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Published: October 3, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 28

(28) Gittel, December 8, 2010 9:27 AM

Teach it in a song.

Adam Sandler's Chanukah song inspires Jewish pride by naming many famous Jewish people. Maybe adding a verse of historic Religious Jewish heroes would fill the gap. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1sf5yqZX-k

(27) Lenore, October 10, 2010 7:35 PM

Thank you! Perhaps we might confront our Hebrew after-school programs (not the Jewish Day Schools) which try to fit serious study in two to three hours per week? (And this is for the sadly small segment of Jews who belong to synagogues...) Much to consider! ie: time spent planning model seders vs. time invested in study about the seder - What do we really value?

(26) Anonymous, October 10, 2010 2:09 AM

Ignorance

I just want to say how funny I think it is that people think Steven King wrote Moby Dick. That's hilarious. If people can be that ignorant about history/literature/pop culture than I'm not surprised that people, Jewish people at that, don't know Maimonedes was Jewish. The fact of the matter is that many people don't know very much. And they don't even know that they don't know that much. And a high percentage of them don't even care. Sad but true.

(25) Joanne, October 10, 2010 12:28 AM

Jewish Education for Children and Adults

My synagogue, Cong Anshe Sholom in New Rochelle, NY, is offering a course for adults on Jewish History, along with other learning programs for adults and a free Religious School for children. Our aim is to reach out to the wider Jewish community as well as congregants.

(24) Michael Jarvis, October 8, 2010 3:22 PM

We are loosing 50% of our kids to intermarriage and the statistics ont he next generation will be worse.

We need to educate our children to be proud of being a Jew as well as teaching the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform to show greater respect for each other and have better relationchips. If we do not make these changes we are going to continuue to loose our children to intermarriage and our grandchildren to another religion.

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