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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Our School of Education faculty are engaged in research and teaching within and beyond HUC-JIR, and we are pleased to share some highlights of our faculty’s recent scholarship and service.

Sam Joseph headshot

Rabbi Samuel Joseph, Ph.D.

  • Article: “We Have to Build Trust in a Virtual World" in eJewish Philanthropy, March 2020
  • Honored by ARJE at their Annual Gathering upon retirement from full-time teaching, Denver, January 2020
  • Honored by the Joint CCAR-HUC-URJ Joint Rabbinical Placement Commission upon retirement, New York, February 2020
  • Core Teaching Faculty, URJ Scheidt Seminar for New Congregational Presidents, February 2020
  • CCAR Rabbi’s Coach, Supporting Rabbis in the Midst of the Pandemic, March-June 2020
  • Judaica and Leadership Coach for Lay Leaders, OnBoard St. Louis, August 2019-June 2020
  • Executive Board Treasurer, Cancer Justice Network, June 2020
  • Launching Website: “Leading with a Jewish Heart,” June 2020
  • Designed a summer course for rabbinical and cantorial students, "Leading Through Change and Crisis: A Culture of Hope," taught June-July 2020

Michal Muszkat-Barkan headshotMichal Muszkat-Barkan, Ph.D.

  • "'Teachers' Lounge' - A Joint Professional Development Program for Arab and Jewish Teachers in Jerusalem," a lecture to URJ "Klal Yisrael" March 2020
  • "Multicultural professional development experience in "teachers' Lounge," Organizing and moderating a live panel and event with Arab and Jewish teachers in Jerusalem May 2020
  • Facilitators' training course for 'Teacher's Lounge' program - A Joint Professional Development Program for Arab and Jewish Teachers in Jerusalem"
  • "Developing Cultural Sensitivity in a Professional Development Program for Arab and Jewish Teachers: A Qualitative Study," A lecture, Blaustein Center Beit Midrash May 2020
  • "Teaching for understanding: Teachers' Professional Development through Lesson observation Videos" minicourse, in: Lead-teachers professional development program, Society for Advancement in Education, February-March 2020
  • "The Jerusalem Forum of Jewish Renaissance Organizations"- Active Board of Governors member.
  • Moderating a book launch for the new poet book of Prof. Ruchama Weiss, April 2020

Evie Rotstein, Ed.D.

  • Lead curriculum designer for NDI – New Directors Institute: an inter-denominational professional development virtual seminar for new education leaders. Sponsored by the ARJE, HUC, EC-RJ, USCJ, JTS, RRC, July 2020
  • Presented on the Social, Emotional and Spiritual Learning webinar: “Love and Caring in the time of Corona” May 2020
  • Published article in eJewish Philanthropy: “Principles for a Full Year of Love and Caring” June 2020
  • Lead mentor for Beit Tshuvah’s Clergy/Educator virtual immersion seminar July 2020
  • Facilitator for NY Educators Peer Network

Miriam Heller Stern HeadshotMiriam Heller Stern, Ph.D. 

  • Recipient of “Best Article of the Year Award, 2019” from the Journal of Jewish Education, for her article "Jewish Creative Sensibilities: Framing a New Aspiration for Jewish Education."

  • Produced the 6-part web series on Facebook Live and zoom: “Reclaiming Time, Voice and Self; Counting the Omer with the Creativity Braintrust,” and moderated the culminating panel, “In search of revelation: a conversation for creative seekers and teachers,” April and May 2020. Watch the whole series here.

  • Featured speaker in the Prizmah Podcast Series, Research Encounter, in the episode “Putting Creativity in the Heart of Jewish Schooling,” released April 2020. Listen here.

  • Keynote speaker, Builders of Jewish Education Los Angeles Religious School Educators Network Annual Yom Limmud, on the topic, “What Now? Creating the Future of Jewish Education,” May 2020.

  • Panelist, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, “The Revelation will be Digitized: Jewish Education after COVID-19,” May 2020. Watch the recording here.

  • Featured speaker on the Jewish Education Project Podcast Adapting: The Future of Jewish Education with David Bryfman, on the topic “What now? How is the ecology of Jewish education changing to prepare students to respond to challenging times?” June 2020. Watch the recording here.

  • Keynote speaker, Goldring/Woldenberg Institute for Southern Jewish Life Education Conference, on the topic, “What do we do now? Timely and Timeless Strategies for Teaching Creative Jewish Thinking,” June 2020.

Sivan Zakai HeadshotSivan Zakai, Ph.D.  

Recent publications:
  • “I’m going to Israel and all I need to pack is my imagination”: Pretend Trips to Israel in Jewish Early Childhood Education, Journal of Jewish Education, 86(1), 94-119, 2020 (with Lauren Applebaum)
Workshops for Jewish Educators:
  • Understanding How Children Think about Israel in Preschool and Elementary School. Los Angeles, CA: Online Seminar for DeLeT Fellows, March, 2020.

  • Listening to Children: Methodologies for Learning What Children Can Teach Us. Chicago, IL: Mandel Teacher Educator Institute, March, 2020

  • Learning about Israel from Preschool to High School. Newton, MA: Teaching Israel Seminar for Educators, March 2020.

  • A Developmental Approach to Israel Education. Chicago, IL: Israel Education in the Early Years Winter Webinar, January, 2020. 

Michael Zeldin HeadshotMichael Zeldin, Ph.D.  

  • Faculty for YP101 Supervisors' Seminar, HUC-JIR/URJ program for new youth professionals and their supervisors, August 2017-May 2020
  • Faculty for the iCenter Masters Concentration in Israel Education (iFellows Program) May 1917-June 2020
  • Facilitator, "Honing Your Why, United Jewish Fund, Chicago June 2020
  • Wrote Introduction to "DeLeT @ 18," a collection of reflections from the first 18 cohorts of DeLeT fellows forthcoming

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