Lauren Applebaum - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Lauren Applebaum, Ed.D.

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Director of DeLeT

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Academic Field: 
Education; Teacher
Research Interests: 
Adult Learning; Reflective Practice; Israel Education; Professional Development for Educators

Dr. Lauren Applebaum is the Education Director of DeLeT, Day School Teachers for a New Generation, based at HUC-JIR's Skirball Campus in Los Angeles.

Dr. Applebaum's work sits at the nexus of instruction, research, evaluation and professional learning for educators. Certified as a Critical Friends Coach by the National School Reform Faculty and trained as a professional development leader by the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute, Dr. Applebaum combines her expertise in adult education and professional development with research inquiries into learning for educators across settings and roles.  She consults with educators and organizations in Los Angeles and beyond on professional learning and educational leadership, Dr. Applebaum is co-director, with HUC-JIR’s Dr. Sivan Zakai, of Project Orli: Research and Leadership for Israel Education, a project that combines cohort-based professional development and field-building research in Israel education. .She is an alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Williams College, and earned her doctorate in education from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Previously, Dr. Applebaum served as the Associate Dean at the Graduate Center for Education at American Jewish University and as Executive Director of Kesher Newton, a nationally recognized innovative supplementary education program in the Boston area She currently serves as a board member of Ikar and on the book review committee of the Journal of Jewish Education. She has served on the advisory boards of the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) and the Network for Research in Jewish Education, and as an educational advisor for the Jewish Women’s Archive. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband Aaron and children Liora and Micah.

Selected Publications and Edited Works

“When we agree and when we argue: How does dialogue deepen learning among colleagues?”  HaYidion, Summer 2019.


“Teaching about Israel after the election…and every day.”, March 18, 2015. (Co-authored with Sivan Zakai)


“Boundary Crossing: Transformative possibilities in student teaching across denominational lines.” Proceedings from 11th International Transformative Learning Conference, October 2014.


“From Whining to Wondering: Reflective Journaling With Preservice Educators.” Journal of Jewish Education, 78(1), March 2014.


“When Timeless is Trendy: Professional Development for 21st century teaching”HaYidion: The Ravsak Journal, Autumn 2013 (co-authored with Miriam Heller Stern)