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grams at the Cincinnati and Los Angeles campuses
also benefit from her presence as visiting instructor
during the course of the academic year.
In 1996 Friedman celebrated the 25th anniversary of
her musical career with a concert at Carnegie Hall.
She has performed in hundreds of cities in the United
States, Canada, Europe, and Israel, and has appeared
before national conventions and conferences for major
Jewish organizations and particularly the Reform
Movement, including the Union for Reform Judaism,
National Association of Temple Educators, National
Association of Temple Administrators, Central
Conference of American Rabbis, Women of Reform
Judaism, World Union for Progressive Judaism, and
National Federation of Temple Youth.
She served as cantorial soloist for three years at the
New Reform Congregation in Los Angeles, California.
As a music educator, she directed the music compo-
nent of the intensive Hebrew Chalutzim program at
Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc,
Wisconsin, where she continues to co-lead Hava
Nashira, the annual song leading and music work-
shop she created. She has served on the faculty of
HUC- JIR’s Kalsman Institute on Judaism and
Health, and the Union for Reform Judaism’s sum-
mer Kallah programs held at Brandeis University, the
University of California at Santa Cruz, and Franklin
Pierce College.
Emerging scholar and educator
Rabbi Tali E. Hyman
is the newly named Instructor in Jewish Education at
HUC-JIR/Los Angeles. A lecturer there since July 2006,
Rabbi Hyman is a member of the administrative team
and faculty for the DeLeT (Day School Leadership
through Teaching) Program at the Rhea Hirsch School
of Education (RHSOE), dedicated to fostering teach-
ing excellence in Jewish day schools in North America.
DeLeT at HUC-JIR is conducted in consultation with
its partner DeLeT program at Brandeis University. It
carries out its mission by recruiting energetic, reflec-
tive people with Jewish commitments and a passion
for learning, providing them with a 13-month fellow-
ship program, preparing mentors to be reflective
practitioners who can support a novice learning to
teach, and encouraging schools to support ongoing
teacher learning.
Being given the opportunity to teach new ways
of thinking about Jewish education, identity, and cul-
ture, in order to help students become the most
responsible and effective change agents they can be,
is a gift granted me each time I walk into a class-
room, mentor an advisee, and equally, when I
research and write,” says Hyman. “I hope to build
upon my colleagues’ work of intensifying the inter-
sections between theory and practice, bringing
practitioners and academics ever closer in conversa-
tion, collaboration, and mutual enrichment.”
Rabbi Hyman received an M.A. in Jewish Education
from the RHSOE at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles in
and was ordained as a rabbi at HUC-JIR/Los
Angeles in 2002. She completed her doctoral course-
work at New York University's Steinhardt School
of Culture, Education, and Human Development
as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and will soon com-
plete her dissertation, “An Ethnographic Investigation
of the Role of Dissonance in a Community Jewish
High School,” that focuses on identifying various cul-
tural strategies by which individuals and communities
respond to dissonance inherent in Jewish identity
building. She received the 2006 Young Scholar’s
Award from the Network for Research in Jewish
Education and was granted a Writing Dissertation
Fellowship for 2006-2007 by the National
Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Rabbi Hyman’s thinking about her research has
been greatly enhanced by opportunities to share and
exchange ideas with broader scholarly communities.
Her recently published articles and presented papers
include “Beyond Notions of Going Native: Jews
Who Study Jews” (presented at Teacher’s College);
At Home with Many Identities” (
Sh’ma Magazine
and “Studying Jewish Identity: Emerging Trends and
Challenges” (presented at Brandeis University). She
is in the process of co-authoring a paper, with schol-
ars of contemporary American Jewish identity Stuart
Charmé, Bethamie Horowitz, and Jeffrey Kress,
which offers new theoretical and methodological
approaches to researching Jewish identity. She served
a two-year term as the Book Review Editor for the
Journal of Jewish Education
ch Teaching
Debbie Friedman,
Instructor in Music,
HUC-JIR/New York
Rabbi Tali E. Hyman,
Instructor of Jewish
Education, HUC-JIR/
Los Angeles