Faculty and Administration

Dr. Isa Aron, the author of two of the most significant books on congregational transformation, Becoming a Congregation of Learners and The Self-Renewing Congregation, and coauthor of Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary, is the pioneering thinker and activist in the field of re-imagining congregational education and is one of the leading experts in the theory and practice of educational change.

Dr. Lisa Grant, a recognized expert on adult learning who has published and lectured widely on Israel education, has an M.B.A. in Public Management, which informs her work in Jewish Educational Leadership, and is the former Chair of the Network for Research in Jewish Education.

Rabbi Samuel K. Joseph (Professor of Jewish Education and Leadership Development at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati) has a special interest in how Jewish institutions and organizations, from schools and synagogues to national groups, attain excellence and consults with rabbis, educators, administrators, and communal and lay leaders, supporting the fulfillment of their mission. He works with international Jewish communities in Germany, China, Australia, and Hong Kong, where he founded the Progressive congregation.

Dr. Jonathan Krasner, an expert in the American Jewish experience, holds a joint appointment in both the rabbinical and education programs, an M.A. in Education from Harvard, brings expertise in day school education out of his work as history department chair at the New Jewish High school in Boston, and has written and lectured on congregational education and the use of textbooks in congregational schools.

Dr. Adriane Leveen is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Lead Judaica Specialist for the Jim Joseph Initiative at HUC-JIR. Leveen's book Memory and Tradition in the Book of Numbers has been published by Cambridge University Press (2008). She has also published in The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament and Prooftexts and is a contributor to: Women Remaking American Judaism (2007), Healing in the Jewish Imagination (2007), and The Torah: A Women's Commentary (2007).

Lesley Litman is the Coordinator of the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education and works with the Experiment in Congregational Education as the coordinator of its Boston-based initiative. She also consults to The iCenter in the area of curriculum design and professional development in Israel education.  Lesley is a doctoral candidate in Jewish education at The Jewish Theological Seminary doing research looking at the connection between curriculum and innovation in congregational education.

Dr. Evie Rotstein (Director of the New York School of Education) spent many years as a congregational school educator and camp educator, teaches on leadership issues, and has conducted significant research on interfaith families and the Jewish identity of teens.

Rabbi Neal S. Scheindlin graduated summa cum laude from La Salle University in Philadelphia. He received an M.A. and Ordination as a Rabbi from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1986. After working in several synagogues and in Jewish education in the East, Rabbi Scheindlin moved with his family to Los Angeles in 2001.

Dr. Michael Zeldin (Senior National Director of the Schools of Education) is senior Editor of the Journal of Jewish Education, the premier research and scholarly journal in the field of Jewish education, is co-editor and lead author of Touching the Future: Mentoring and the Jewish Professional, and has been called "the intellectual father of the Reform Day school movement."

Dr. Tali Zelkowicz is one of the leading young thinkers and writers engaged in reconceptualizing the relationship between Jewish education and Jewish identity, and brings her knowledge of text and tradition, developed in part as a result of her rabbinical studies, to her teaching in Jewish education.