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Michael Zeldin, Ph.D.

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Professor of Jewish Education

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Program/School: 
Schools of Education; Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Los Angeles; Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education
Academic Field: 
Jewish Education
Research Interests: 
Jewish Day Schools; Curriculum Integration; Change in Jewish Education; Mentoring

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Michael Zeldin, Ph.D., is Professor of Jewish Education at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education in Los Angeles. He formerly served as the Senior National Director of the Schools of Education, Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Founding Director of DeLeT - Day School Leadership through Teaching, Director of Jewish Day Schools for the 2st Century, Project Leader of HUC-JIR's Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative.  

Dr. Zeldin is principal author and co-editor of Touching the Future: Mentoring and the Jewish Professional. His many publications on Jewish day schools, supervision and change in Jewish education have appeared in journals, handbooks, and newsletters.  He served for more than a decade as Senior Editor of the Journal of Jewish Education.  

Dr. Zeldin holds a Ph.D. in the Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Education from HUC-JIR.  He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. 

Selected Publications and Edited Works

“Reform Jewish Day Schools” in Prager Handbook of Faith-Based Schools in the United States, K-12 (edited by Thomas C. Hunt and James C. Carper), 2012.

“Making the Magic in Reform Jewish Summer Camps” in A Place of Our Own:  The Rise of Reform Jewish Camping” (edited by Michael M. Lorge and Gary P. Zola), 2006.

"Touching the Future:  The Promise of Mentoring" in Touching the Future:  Mentoring and the Jewish Professional, 1995.

Current and Future Courses
Leadership and Management
Jewish Educational Leadership
Curriculum Design for Jewish Schools and Camps
Jewish Day School and Society
Professional Learning in Jewish Education
Public Lecture Topics
Reform Jewish Day Schools
Project Based Learning
“Question What Is and Imagine What Can Be in Jewish Education”
Mentoring and the Jewish Professional
Matching Purposes and Practices in Jewish Schools
Live with ambiguity and lead with clarity: A leadership practice for learning to manage complexity