Dr. Michal Muszkat-Barkan appointed to the : Government Commission on Jewish Culture and Tradition

Monday, January 4, 2010

Dr. Michal Muszkat-Barkan, the Director of HUC-JIR/Jerusalem’s Department of Professional Development and Education since 2005, was recently appointed to the Government Commission on Jewish Culture and Tradition in the Israeli State Schools. The Commission for the Ministry of Education, headed by Dr. Benyamin Ish-Shalom of Beit Morasha, will help conceive a new curriculum for secular schools. 

Rabbi David Ellenson said, “We take pride in Dr. Muszkat-Barkan’s new appointment, which reflects the important influence HUC-JIR is having on education in the State of Israel, through the activities of our extraordinary faculty and administration.”

Dr. Michal Muszkat-Barkan received her MA in 2007 in Pluralistic Jewish Education as part of an MA in Jewish Education at the Melton Center of the Hebrew University.  She received her Ph.D in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University.  Her studies focused on the role of mentors’ and teachers’ personal ideologies in Jewish education in the State Education System and in the TALI Network in Israel.  Muszkat-Barkan has taught courses in Jewish education for educators and rabbinical students at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem since 1999.  Additionally, she taught courses at the Schechter Institute.  Muszkat-Barkan served as a consultant for the evaluation of the Jewish studies curriculum, Israeli education, and staff development.  She served as consultant for PEJE, the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, and for the Jewish Agency.


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