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Jacob Cunningham, a historian, teaches in the Zelikow School of Jewish Non-Profit Management, the DeLeT Program and the Executive MA program at HUC-JIR and at UCLA

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.

Rabbi Jan Katzew, Ph.D., RJE, Director of Service Learning at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, is responsible for developing a curriculum for rabbinical students that will expand the classroom to the Cincinnati Jewish community. Prior to joining HUC-JIR, Rabbi Katzew served as the Director of Lifelong Learning for the Union for Reform Judaism from 1997-2012. He directed the Department of Adolescent Education at the Community Foundation for Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago. Rabbi Katzew has served as a scholar-in-residence at congregations and central agencies for Jewish education throughout North America. A graduate of Wesleyan University in 1978, Rabbi Katzew was ordained by HUC-JIR in 1983 and received his doctorate in Education and Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1997

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).

Dr. Lesley Litman is the Director 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 hold a doctorate in Jewish education from The Jewish Theological Seminary.  Her research interests focus on the connection between curriculum and innovation in congregational education.

Michelle Lynn-Sachs, PhD is a leadership coach and consultant working with Jewish professionals and organizations across North America, a faculty member in HUC-JIR's Executive Master's Program, an associate editor at the Journal of Jewish Education, and the chair of the Wexner Field Fellowship.  Prior to founding Spotlight Consulting & Coaching, Michelle taught Jewish education and leadership at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Jewish Theological Seminary, consulted for the Union for Reform Judaism and the Experiment in Congregational Education, and was the educational leader at Holy Blossom Temple.  Michelle is a proud alumna of Brown University (AB), the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR (MAJE), and New York University (PhD), and she completed the coach training program at the Coaches Training Institute.  

Jacob Cunningham teaches Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and American Jewish University, and also works with the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation.  He was an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and did doctoral work at the University of California, Los Angeles.  He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Libby, and three-year-old son, Ezra.

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 (Former 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."