HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Jewish Religious Education, honoris causa, to Sheva Locke

Monday, May 3, 2010

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Sheva Locke with the Doctor of Jewish Religious Education at Graduation Ceremonies in Los Angeles on Monday, May 17, 2010 at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles (3077 University Avenue, Los Angeles).  Sheva was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.

Over the past 25 years, Locke has been the Director of School Services in two major Bureaus of Jewish Education and Head of two Jewish Day Schools.  At the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco, and the Agency for Jewish Education in Detroit, she was responsible for community-wide educational planning, curriculum writing, and spearheading the LAATID, NIRIM, and NEVATIM professional development programs.  These programs were instituted with 2,200 Jewish educators in 73 day schools, congregational schools, and early childhood programs.   Over the past 12 years, Sheva has headed two Solomon Schechter Day Schools.  Her current position at Valley Beth Shalom Harold M. Schulweis Day School in Encino, CA, is part of a large and innovative congregation on the west coast.  She has developed a cutting edge, high academic school with integrative technology, differentiated learning instruction, Hebrew immersion, Israel partnership school exchange program, and a championship athletic program.  Her work focuses on ways to inspire Jewish learning for students, teachers, and families through meaningful Jewish experiences within a dynamic and caring community.

Sheva’s publications include: Mayim L’Chaim – Water is Life: The Adventures of Tali and Dewey (published by JNF and the US Forestry Department), The Family History Video Project (BJE SF),The Tzedakah Detective Penny Harvest and Helping Hands Curriculum (BJE Detroit),You and  Were Made B’zelem Elohim (BJE Detroit), Hunger for Justice: A Jewish Response to Hunger (BJE SF), My New Home Means Freedom and Soviet Jewry: A Contemporary Response (BJE SF), and Family Education: Topical Publication (BJE SF).


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