Are you disturbed by some of the messages that Jewish kids are receiving about gender?
Would you like to see more gender equality in your school, workplace, family, synagogue or community?
Would you like your kids to learn the importance of supporting women's inclusion in Jewish life?
Do you want your kids to learn more about equality and justice in Judaism?
Would you like to see girls get more access to higher Jewish learning, or to math and sciences?
Would you like your sons to be less afraid of being labeled a "wimp" or a "girl" or "gay"?
Are you disturbed by an overemphasis on "modesty" in the Jewish community?
Do you have concerns about increasing gender segregation?
Our book can help you with all these issues and more!
The first comprehensive examination of gender messages in Jewish education, this book is a must-read for educators, parents, and concerned lay people. Drawing on studies in education, social science, and psychology, as well as personal interviews, the authors show how traditional (mainly Orthodox) day school education continues to re-inscribe gender inequities and socialize students into unhealthy gender identities and relationships. They address pedagogy, school practices, curricula, and textbooks, as along with single-sex versus coed schooling, dress codes, sex education, Jewish rituals, and gender hierarchies in educational leadership. Drawing a stark picture of the many ways both girls and boys are molded into gender identities, the authors offer concrete resources and suggestions for transforming educational practice.