Dr. Miriam Heller Stern has been appointed the new National Director of the HUC-JIR School of Education, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Stern joins HUC-JIR after six years as the dean of the Graduate Center for Jewish Education at the American Jewish University.
"We greet Dr. Stern’s appointment with every hope and expectation that she will take our storied institution to new heights, building on the achievements of her predecessors, Dr. William Cutter, Sara Lee, and Dr. Michael Zeldin; and collaborating with our faculty, administration, and alumni, in the service of our students and the advancement of our mission," stated Dr. Joshua Holo, Dean, HUC-JIR Skirball Campus, Los Angeles. Rabbi Michael Marmur, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost added, "Dr. Stern is charged with the task not only of directing the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, but also of leading a strategic process to chart the future of our work in Jewish Education across programs and geographic locations."
Since receiving her Ph.D. from Stanford in 2007, Dr. Stern has led the Graduate Center for Jewish Education with conspicuous creativity and success, launching new programs and establishing deep and significant relationships among her colleagues worldwide. No less impressively, Dr. Stern has published widely in the field of Jewish education, as editor and author, establishing herself as a thought leader in both the practice and theory of education.
Though Dr. Stern’s dissertation focused on the history of American Jewish education, her recent work has fashioned that perspective into a tool for shaping Jewish education in our communities, looking forward. In this way, her scholarly articles have re-evaluated our historical assumptions, and her popular publications, such as "The Creativity Imperative,” have posed the key educational challenges of the future. Most notably, Dr. Stern launched “Dream Lab,” an unprecedented collaboration between artists and educators, to position both as change-makers in the field of Jewish education.