Petition signed by 500 parents as of Tuesday night, was started after Education Minister announced school trips would visit archaeological site of Shiloh in the West Bank.By Talila Nesher 25 comments
Jewish education is the process of educating Jewish youth about Judaism, Jewish history and culture. Jewish education has been seen as a primary tool for Jewish communities to use in the modern world in order to preserve a strong sense of Jewish identity in the face of increasing assimilation. Jewish education integrates religious studies as a lifelong learning of the Torah and religious laws.
Jewish education programs like Hebrew school are often used by North American Jews and are a place where Jewish youth learn about Judaism, the history of the Jewish people, attend and participate in Jewish cultural activities, and learn how to pray. Many times in the Diaspora, Jewish education extends until one completes his or her Bar/Bat Mitzvah (rite of passage), and then Jewish education usually ceases. Organizations like the American Jewish Committee (AJC) have started a campaign aiming to mend this norm of ending Jewish education with the Bar/Bat Mitzvah and encourage full family participation in Jewish learning and activities.
In the religious communities, Jewish education is often the primary source of education for Jewish youth and in many orthodox communities Jewish youth attend a Yeshiva, or Jewish school of learning. In the Yeshiva Jewish education consists of Torah studies and the study of important religious texts. This form of Jewish education can often continue into adulthood and the Yeshiva is an institution where one can also train to become a Rabbi. Until recently in the orthodox community, Jewish education for girls consisted of education at home. Jewish education remains an important and vital part of the religious community and schools of Jewish learning to help promote the study of Judaism and Jewish culture.