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978-1-4985-9666-4 • Hardback • July 2019 • $105.00 • (£81.00)
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Earl Schwartz is a member of the Hamline University religion faculty and former director of Hamline’s Social Justice Studies program. He is the author of Moral Development: A Practical Guide for Jewish Teachers, and co-author with Rabbi Barry Cytron of When Life Is In the Balance: Life and Death Decisions in Light of the Jewish Tradition.
List of Figures
Chapter I: How far is it from the banks of the Jordan to the banks of the Mississippi?
Chapter II: The Last Quarter of the Twentieth Century
Chapter III: At the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century
Chapter IV: The St. Paul Jewish Community Planning Process.
Chapter V: Hindsight and Foresight
Chapter VI: Current Circumstances and Future Prospects
Chapter VII: The Arc, and the Ark
Appendix I: A Communal Curriculum for These Times
Appendix II: St. Paul Communal Jewish High School Education Initiative Brit
About the Author
With thorough, solid research that is written in a lively and passionate style, Earl Schwartz has produced a timely study and prescription for Jewish Education that rabbis, community leaders, and parents must not ignore.— Jonathan Paradise, Professor Emeritus, Classical and Near Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota
Jewish communal professionals and historians and social scientists of Jewish education
will read The Arc of the Covenant with interest... The Arc of the Covenant succeeds in asking
pertinent questions about the future of Jewish education in medium-sized Jewish communities.
It will be up to the Jews of St. Paul and similar communities to grapple with the
facts Schwartz lays out in a search for practical and salutary answers.
Full review can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1080/15244113.2020.1783905— Jonathan Krasner; Journal Of Jewish Education, VOL. 86, NO. 3
The Arc of the Covenant offers an institutional study examining the surprising successes and the challenges of community-sponsored Jewish learning in the upper Mississippi during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Written in part as a historical chronicle in its own right and in part to inform strategic planning for the future of Jewish education in St. Paul, The Arc of the Covenant straddles the domains of local history and communal policy making.— Laura Yares, Michigan State University; American Jewish History, Volume 104, Numbers 2/3