2023-2024 Mandel Center Events

MCSJE has a compelling lineup of events this year. We hope you'll sign up for one or more! All events are free. Registration is required.

Jon Levisohn introduces this year's events — check out the trailer here!
A virtual series of conversations hosted by Mandel Center Director Jon A. Levisohn, in which leading scholars discuss what they have learned from their investigations of various aspects of Jewish education, and why it matters.

October 19, 2023

A Conversation with

Professor Laura Yares

What 19th Century Jewish Education Can Teach Us about Jewish Education Today

November 15, 2023

A Conversation with

Rabbi Judd Levingston, PhD

Getting Serious about Play in Jewish Education

December 7, 2023

A Conversation with

Dr. Esther Friedman

Navigating Ideological Differences in Pluralistic Jewish Schools

January 18, 2024

A Conversation with

Hannah Kober

How Israeli-Americans Think About Their Kids’ Hebrew Learning

February 8, 2024

A Conversation with

Dr. Sandra Fox

Why Young Jews Love Yiddish

April 11, 2024

A Conversation with

Dr. Talia Hurwich

Visualizing Jewish Texts and Practices through the Graphic Novel

Learn more and register for LAL
Virtual events that shine a spotlight on an important area of focus in Jewish education, bringing together several diverse scholarly perspectives for a shared conversation.

November 30, 2023

Spotlight on Jewish Learning: Past, Present, and Future | A panel of Brandeis faculty in honor of the University's 75th anniversary

Panelists Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Ziva Hassenfeld, Jonathan Krasner, Jon Levisohn, and Joe Reimer

February 29, 2024

Spotlight on the Gap Year

Panelists Shalom Berger, Sarah Mali, Jonathan Schwab, and Tilly Shemer, with host Jon Levisohn

Learn more and register for Spotlight Sessions

Book Launch Events

The Second Conversation: Interpretive Authority in the Bible Classroom

Spring 2024

A conversation with Ziva Hassenfeld (Brandeis University), author of The Second Conversation. This book will be published by the Mandel-Brandeis Series in Jewish Education in the spring.

Teaching Israel: Studies of Pedagogy from the Field

Spring 2024

A conversation with Sivan Zakai (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) and Matt Reingold (TanenbaumCHAT), editors of Teaching Israel, to be published by the Mandel-Brandeis Series in Jewish Education in the spring.

Learn more about Book Launch Events

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The Mandel Center offers a robust schedule of events to convene scholars, practitioners, and policy makers to advance thinking, generate new questions and, in some cases, generate new work for future publication.

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