A new online, international scientific journal, launched by Bar-Ilan University's School of Education and Lookstein Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora, is offering Jewish educators and their students around the world free access to global research in Jewish education.
The International Journal of Jewish Education Research (IJJER) will carry articles in five languages – Hebrew, English, Spanish, French and Russian – an attribute which distinguishes the Journal as the only one of its kind in the world.
The international scope of IJJER is reflected in its very first issue, which consists of articles on Jewish identity, Jewish education in late 19th to early 20th century Florence (Italy), supplementary Jewish schools in the United Kingdom, and an analysis of the various one-year programs offered in Israel.
All of the articles in the inaugural issue are written in English.
The inaugural issue of IJJER may be found on the Internet at http://www.biu.ac.il/SOC/ijjer.
The entire contents of the Journal are accessible online and available free of charge, so that Jewish educators all over the world can instruct their students to download articles of particular interest to them.
"This is a multi-disciplinary journal, ranging from early childhood to adult education, which seeks to examine Jewish education from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including Jewish studies, sociology, psychology, anthropology, didactics and pedagogy, management, philosophy, history, linguistics, demographics and more, said Dr. Erik Cohen, of Bar-Ilan University's School of Education. One of our primary aims is to provide a shared forum for academic discussion of Jewish education research that will ultimately enhance the practice of Jewish education," added Cohen, who co-edits the journal and contributed the article on Jewish identity which appears in the first issue.
Prof. Yisrael Rich, of the Bar-Ilan University School of Education serves as co-editor of IJJER. Dr. Elie Holzer, of the School of Education, and Dr. Deborah Court, of the Lookstein Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora and School of Education, are the Journal's assistant editors. In addition, more than 30 prominent researchers in Jewish education – from the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Argentina, Hungary, Israel, Denmark and other countries – serve on the Board of the Journal, which is expected to be published on a biannual basis.