Dr. Michael Zeldin, Senior National Director, Schools of Education, HUC-JIR, received the Distinguished Educator Award from the National Association of Temple Educators, the professional association of Reform Jewish educators, at their Kallah on March 22, 2014. The award was presented by Rabbi Laura Novak Winer (RHSOE '94, CN '95), First Vice President of NATE. The NATE Kallah focused on "Inspiring Innovation in Israel Education" and took place in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Zeldin stated, "I am deeply moved that I have been honored by this association of incredible Reform Jewish educators who touch lives and transform communities every day as they bring the values of our tradition to children and adults wherever they gather to learn."
Deborah S. Niederman, RJE, (RHSOE '93) President of NATE, Alumni Engagement Coordinator for HUC-JIR’s Schools of Education, and Coordinator of Induction and Retention for the Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative at HUC-JIR, stated, "While we in NATE honored Dr. Zeldin, we are all honored by him and the scholarship, leadership, and inspired teaching he shares with us. The generosity of spirit with which he teaches and leads is a model of what it means to pursue one's calling."
Rabbi Winer continued, "As we honor Dr. Zeldin with the Distinguished Educator Award, we thank him for encouraging us to each dream our dreams and for giving us the vision and guidance to fulfill our God-given potentialities. His teaching and leadership has inspired us all and will have a lasting impact on the world of Jewish education."
In addition to serving as the Senior National Director of the Schools of Education, Dr. Michael Zeldin is Professor of Jewish Education, Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, and Founding Director of DeLeT – Day School Leadership through Teaching. Dr. Zeldin serves as Project Leader of HUC-JIR’s Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative. He 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 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 Ph.D. in the Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in Hebrew Education from HUC-JIR. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.