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Lauren Applebaum, Ph.D.

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Education 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.  

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, she consults with educators and organizations in Los Angeles and beyond.  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 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 currently serves as a board member of Ikar.  She lives in Santa Monica with her husband Aaron and children Liora and Micah.