Lisa D. Grant - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Lisa D. Grant, Rabbi, Ph.D.

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Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Professor in Jewish Education, Rabbinical Program Director in New York, Coordinator of Seminary Special Projects

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; Adult Jewish Learning; Jewish Peoplehood in the 21st Century

Rabbi Lisa D. Grant, Ph.D. serves as Director of the Rabbinical Program at HUC-JIR/New York. 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.

Rabbi Grant has served on the faculty of HUC-JIR since 2000. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Master's in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Ph.D. from The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York; and rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR.

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
Curriculum Design
Teaching Bible to Adults
Ideologies of Jewish Education
Why Israel Matters
The Social and Historical Context of Jewish Education in America
The Challenges of Jewish Peoplehood in the 21st Century
Public Lecture Topics
Israel One Land, Many Narratives
Israel Education, for What?
Defining not Defending Israel
Reaching & Teaching Adult Learners