Tali E. Zelkowicz, Rabbi, Ph.D.
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Assistant Professor of Education;
Professor Sara S. Lee Chair for an Emerging Scholar in Jewish Education
Dr. Tali Zelkowicz is Assistant Professor of Education in the Rhea Hirsch School of Education. Until 2010, she also served as the Director of Jewish Programming for Day School Leadership through Teaching (DeLeT is a California credentialed program designed to recruit, prepare, and retain high quality teachers for Jewish Day Schools who can think and act in sophisticated ways about teaching, integration, and educational leadership). Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Tali completed her undergraduate work in Sociology at the University of British Columbia (Dean’s List, 1995) before attending HUC-JIR Los Angeles, where she received an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education (2000), and was ordained rabbi at the Los Angeles campus (2002). She earned her doctorate at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (2008), as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She received the 2006 Young Scholar’s Award, from the Network for Research in Jewish Education and was granted a Writing Dissertation Fellowship for the 2006-2007 year from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Tali specializes in the sociology of Jewish Education, and is interested in the tensions American Jews face in navigating their multiple and often competing identities as Jews, in America. Her research focuses on the roles of conflict and dissonance in American Jewish identity formation, especially as they relate to teaching and learning.
Areas of Expertise
- Jewish Education
- Sociology of education, ethnographic studies, identity formation
- Curriculum development
- Teachers as change agents
- Ph.D., NYU (2008)
- Ordained, HUC-JIR (2002)
- M.A.J.E., HUC-JIR (2000)
- B.A., UBC (1995)
Publications and Papers Delivered
- "Jungle Gyms and China Shops: Navigating the Durability and Fragility of Jewish Educational Cultures"
- "Beyond a Humpty-Dumpty Narrative: In Search of New Rhymes and Reasons to American Jewish Identity"
- "Lost in Translation: Wearing and Carrying Israel in America"
- "Gninnalp Sdrawkcab! A Workshop in Curriculum Design and Why Planning Backwards is Forward Thinking"
Course Syllabi (available upon request)
- Charmé, Stuart and Tali Hyman Zelkowicz (2011) “Educating for Jewish Identities: Multiple and Moving Targets,” in Lisa Grant, Helena Miller, and Alex Pomson(ed’s), The International Handbook of Jewish Education. New York: Springer.
- “Authoring, Authority, and Authenticity: The Storying of Education.” Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility, March 2010.
- “Spotlight on an Increasingly Popular Tool: How, Why, and For Whom should Jewish Educational Research Use Ethnography? Ethical, Theoretical, and Practical Considerations,” with Sharon Avni and Michelle Lynn-Sachs, and NYU guest respondent, Lisa M. Stulberg, Conference of the Network for Research in Jewish Education, New York City, June 8, 2009.
- Stuart Charmé, Bethamie Horowitz, Tali Hyman, Jeffrey Kress (2008) “Jewish Identities in Action: An Exploration of Models, Metaphors, and Methods.” Journal of the Network for Research in Jewish Education. Volume 74, Number 2, 2008, pp. 115 -143.
- “Jungle Gyms and China Shops: Durability and Fragility in Jewish Identity Formation,” Conference for the Association for Jewish Studies, Washington D.C., December 21, 2008.
- “Studying Jewish Identity: Emerging Trends and Challenges,” Conference of the Network for Research in Jewish Education, Boston, MA, May 30, 2005
- “Beyond (notions of) Going Native: Jews Who Study Jews,” Ways of Knowing: Educational Research Conference, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, New York City, March 5, 2004.
- "At Home with Many Identities," Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility, December 2004.
- Sociology of Jewish Education (for Education students, EDU 610)
- Introduction to Jewish Education (for Rabbinical students, PDE 604)
- Professional Learning (for Education students, EDU 620)
- Introduction to Jewish Texts (for DeLeT teaching Fellows, EDU 510B)
- Survey of Biblical and Rabbinic Sources for SJNM students (CS 484)