Michael Zeldin, Ph.D.

Professor of Jewish Education, Senior National Director of the Schools of Education, Director, Rhea Hirsch School of Education and DeLeT

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

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 is Professor of Jewish Education and Senior National Director of HUC-JIR’s Schools of Education.  He is the also Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and Founding Director of DeLeT – Day School Leadership through Teaching, HUC-JIR’s innovative program to recruit, prepare and retain high quality teachers for Jewish day schools.Dr. Zeldin also serves as Project Leader of HUC’s Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative.  This $15 million grant-funded program makes it possible for HUC-JIR to graduate many more highly qualified Jewish educators prepared to provide compelling experiences of Jewish learning and living to youth, teens and young adults.  Dr. Zeldin provides intellectual leadership and academic oversight to the new programs created as part of the initiative, including the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education and the Certificate Program in the Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults.Dr. Zeldin serves as Senior Editor of the Journal of Jewish Education, the premier academic and scholarly journal in the field of Jewish education. He is principal author and co-editor of Touching the Future: Mentoring and the Jewish Professional. His many publications on Jewish day schools have appeared in journals, handbooks, and newsletters.  He also serves on the Executive Steering Committee of the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE), the Executive Committee of the Network for Research in Jewish Education, the Joint Placement Commission for Educators, and the editorial Board of the Union for Reform Judaism Press.Dr. Zeldin holds a PhD 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
Teaching and Learning in the Jewish Day School
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