Rabbi Jan Katzew, Ph.D. Appointed Director of the Rabbinical Program at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Rabbi Jan Katzew, Ph.D. Appointed Director of the Rabbinical Program at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Rabbi Jan KatzewRabbi Jan Katzew, Ph.D., has been appointed Director of the Rabbinical Program at the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) as of July 1, 2018. Dr. Katzew serves as Director of Service Learning and Associate Professor of Education and Jewish Thought at HUC-JIR’s Cincinnati campus.

"Jan Katzew brings to his new role his great expertise in Jewish education and service learning, intellectual and pedagogical strengths, dedication to Reform Judaism, and devotion to the academic, professional, and spiritual development of our students,” stated Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost. "His wisdom and guidance will ensure the continued excellence of our Rabbinical Program.”

Dr. Katzew received his Ph.D. in Education and Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University (1997); his M.A. in Hebrew Letters and rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR (1983); and his B.A. in Religious Studies, magna cum laude, from Wesleyan University (1978).  He has served as a member of the adjunct faculty at HUC-JIR, teaching courses in Education, Jewish Thought, and Moral Philosophy to rabbinical, cantorial, and education students since 1999. 

Prior to joining HUC-JIR in 2012, Dr. Katzew served for fifteen years as the Director of Lifelong Jewish Learning at the Union for Reform Judaism, where he created a network of regional educators, designed CHAI and Mitkadem for Judaic and Hebrew learning, respectively, in congregational schools, and implemented Chaverim B’Ivrit for Day Schools.  He organized Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism and directed the Commission on Jewish Learning and the Lifelong Learning Council, forums for building the Jewish education system in the Reform Movement.  He introduced “Torah at the Center,” a quarterly journal for Jewish educators. Previously, he served as Head of the Middle School at the Solomon Schechter of Northbrook, IL, Director of Adolescent Learning of the BJE (now CJFE) of Skokie, IL, and Rabbi-Educator of Community Synagogue of Port Washington, NY.

Dr. Katzew has participated in significant assemblies of interfaith clergy and served as a scholar-in-residence and presenter at scores of congregations throughout North America and at CAJE, Limmud, NATE, CCAR, and URJ Biennial conferences. He served as Editorial Board Chair of URJ Press for fifteen years.  He has published widely on the subject of Jewish education and Jewish thought, including articles in the Hebrew Union College AnnualCCAR JournalInternational Journal of Jewish Education, and Reform Judaism magazine. He received the Distinguished Educator Award from the National Association of Temple Educators and was selected as a Jerusalem Fellow as an international leader in Jewish education by the Mandel School in Jerusalem. 


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