Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Dr. Tali Zelkowicz completed her undergraduate work in sociology at the University of British Columbia (Dean’s List, 1995) before attending HUC-JIR Los Angeles, where she received an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education (2000), and was ordained as a rabbi at the Los Angeles campus (2002). She also studied sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1993-94). She earned her doctorate at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (2008), as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She received the 2006 Young Scholar’s Award, from the Network for Research in Jewish Education and was granted a Writing Dissertation Fellowship for the 2006-2007 year from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.
From 2004-2010, she served as the Director of Jewish Programming for Day School Leadership through Teaching. Since 2007, Dr. Zelkowicz has been Assistant Professor of Education in the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC in Los Angeles, where she teaches a variety of classes related to Jews, identity formation, and education. Specializing in the sociology of Jewish Education, she is interested in the tensions Jewish Americans face as they navigate multiple and often competing identities. Focusing upon the role of conflict in American Jewish identity formation, Zelkowicz is currently working on a book with the working title, “Jungle Gyms and China Shops: Dissonance in Ethnic and American Identity Formation.” The book examines the relative durability and fragility of Jewish and secular educational cultures. Tali lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Benny and their daughter Gavriel.
“Educating for Jewish Identities: Multiple and Moving Targets,” with Stuart Charmé, in Lisa Grant, Helena Miller, and Alex Pomson (ed’s) (2011) The International Handbook of Jewish Education. New York: Springer.
“Jewish Identities in Action: An Exploration of Models, Metaphors, and Methods,” with Stuart Charmé, Bethamie Horowitz, and Jeffrey Kress. Journal of Jewish Education, Vol 74, Num 2, 2008.
“Authoring, Authority, and Authenticity: The Storying of Jewish Education.” Sh’ma: A Journal for Jewish Responsibility (March 2010)
“At Home with Many Identities.” Sh’ma: A Journal for Jewish Responsibility (Dec 2004)