Volume 17, 2012-2013 : Formal and Informal Jewish Education:
Lessons and Challenges in Israel and in the Diaspora

The Israeli School as a Venue of Socialization for Israeli-American Children

Dorit Tubin
Visiting scholar, Boston College, USA
Department of Education, and
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel

Avigail Gans
Principal of the Israeli School of Lexington
Lexington, MA, USA

Based on the ethnographic case study of the Israeli School in Lexington, MA, the authors discuss the role of formal and informal venues of transferring the Israeli identity from immigrant parents to their American-raised children. The analytical framework draws on the "holy trinity" of The People, The Land, and the Book as foundations of modern Israeli identity. The study showed that structured after-school activities can have a tangible effect on preserving Hebrew proficiency and the Israeli culture when they are supported by the creation of informal islands of Israeli socialization at home and in different enrichment venues for the children.

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