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It Takes a Kehilla to Make a Mensch: Building Jewish Identity as Part of Overall Identity

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This short paper outlines, from the standpoint of ecological theory, how the local Jewish community (kehillah) is instrumental in the development of Jewish identity. Starting from a definition of a "mensch" from Jewish sources and how they relate to psychology, the paper goes on to define ecological theory, the contexts of influence for Jewish children and adolescents, and various methods of learning. At the end it provides a table of key developmental concepts , expected school-related behaviors, and developmentally appropriate environments for different grade levels.

 

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