Brandeis University
Dalck and Rose Feith Family Fellowship

Research Topic

The Discourse of American Jewish Literacy and Illiteracy


Jon Levisohn is the director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University. A philosopher of education, Levisohn has a particular interest in the teaching and learning of historical narratives, the study of classical Jewish texts, and more generally, the purposes and practices of Jewish education. His current research examines the discourse of Jewish literacy and illiteracy.

Levisohn received his PhD from Stanford University. He has previously held fellowships at New York University, Stanford University, and the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Selected publications

  • "What Is Philosophy of Jewish Education? A Critical History of Seymour Fox’s Conceptions of Theory, Philosophy and Vision" (under review)
  • "Mature Love, Nuanced Loyalty and Redemptive Vision: Conceptualizing the Desired Outcomes of Israel Education" in Israel Education: The Next Edge, ed. Jonny Ariel (Makom/Jewish Agency for Israel, 2020)
  • "Jewish Education as Initiation into the Practices of Jewishness" in Beyond Jewish Identity: Rethinking Concepts and Imagining Alternatives, ed. Jon A. Levisohn and Ari Y. Kelman (Academic Studies Press, 2019)



Delving into some of the most pressing debates within US history and Jewish history, and examining vital questions shaping Jewish cultural studies, literary theory, and social scientific inquiry