Dr. Zakai is the Sara S. Lee Sara S. Lee Associate Professor of Jewish Education at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR's Skirball Campus in Los Angeles.
A thought leader in Jewish education, her areas of expertise include curriculum design, history education, Israel education, and teaching controversial issues.
Dr. Zakai serves as the Director of the Children’s Learning About Israel Project and co-Director of Project Orli: Research and Leadership in Israel Education.
When Past and Present Collide: Dilemmas in Teaching the History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. In M. Gross and L. Terra (Eds.) Teaching and Learning the Difficult Past: Comparative Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2018.
American Jewish Children’s Thoughts and Feelings About the Jewish State: Laying the Groundwork for a Developmental Approach to Israel Education. Contemporary Jewry 36(1), 31-54, 2016. (With Hannah Tobin Cohen)
Purposes and Practices of Israel Education and Hebrew Education: Towards a Joint Agenda for Applied Research. Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education,2013. (With Sharon Avni and Shlomy Kattan).
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