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Lisa D. Grant, Ph.D.

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Contact Information

(212) 824-2231
Professor of Jewish Education

HUC-JIR/New York

Schools of Education; Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education
Academic Field: 
Jewish Education; Israel Studies
Research Interests: 
The Place of Israel in North American Jewish Life; Leadership Development of Jewish Religious Professionals

Lisa D. Grant is Professor of Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Her research and teaching interests focus on adult Jewish learning, the professional development of Jewish leaders and the place of Israel in American Jewish life.  She has published widely on these topics in a range of academic journals, books, and teaching guides. 

Lisa is co-author with Ezra Kopelowitz of Israel Education Matters: A 21st Century Paradigm for Jewish Education (Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education: 2012). She is also co-editor of the International Handbook of Jewish Education (Springer: 2011) with Helena Miller and Alex Pomson. Lisa is also a Fellow at the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education (, a resource center for institutions and individuals seeking to build collective Jewish life, with a focus on Jewish Peoplehood and Israel education.

Selected Publications and Edited Works

Grant, Lisa D. and Kopelowitz, Ezra.  Israel Education Matters: A 21st Century Paradigm for Jewish Education. Jerusalem: The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education (2012). 

Miller, Helena, Grant, Lisa D., Pomson, Alex, editors. The International Handbook of Jewish Education. Springer (2011). 

Grant, Lisa D., Schuster, Diane T., Woocher, Meredith, and Cohen, Steven M.  A Journey of Heart and Mind:  Transformative Jewish Learning in Adulthood.  New York:  JTS Press, 2004.

Current and Future Courses
Teaching & Learning Lab
Teaching Bible to Adults
Ideologies of Jewish Education
Why Israel Matters
Teaching Tefilah
Public Lecture Topics
Israel One Land, Many Narratives
Israel Education, for What?
Defining not Defending Israel
Strengthening the connection of American Jews to Israel
Reaching & Teaching Adult Learners