Dr. Michael Zeldin Appointed Senior National Director of the Schools of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Monday, June 25, 2012

Michael Zeldin, Ph.D., Professor of Jewish Education, has been appointed Senior National Director of the Schools of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) by Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President. In this new capacity, Dr. Zeldin will be moving HUC-JIR’s Schools of Education in Los Angeles and New York towards a more integrated model for all of HUC-JIR’s education programs, providing opportunities for greater synergies among the various programs so that they can play an even more significant role in transforming the landscape of Jewish education to meet the demands of the extraordinary times in which we live. 

Rabbi Ellenson said, “Dr. Michael Zeldin is internationally recognized for his pioneering and innovative work in Jewish education, particularly in the realm of Jewish day schools, and for preparing generations of Jewish educators for meaningful professional careers sustaining Jewish heritage, values, and identity in communities throughout North America and around the world. He will now lead the largest, most renowned Jewish education faculty of any academic institution outside of Israel and oversee HUC-JIR’s prestigious and rigorous graduate programs in Jewish education to ensure that congregations, schools, and other educational venues are blessed with the finest educational leaders for present-day and future generations.”

Dr. Michael Marmur, HUC-JIR Vice President for Academic Affairs, stated, "The Jewish Education faculty of HUC-JIR across our campuses is arguably the finest assembly of intellectual depth, innovative talent and pedagogic impact to be found anywhere in the world. As his work in the Rhea Hirsch School and the Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative has shown, Michael Zeldin embodies the finest qualities of leadership, scholarship, empathy and profundity. This appointment signals our intention to continue our course of bringing the resources and programs of the College-Institute into ever greater cooperation and coordination, while allowing each of our campuses to maintain its unique voice."

Dr. Zeldin is Professor of Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and since 2007 has been Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education in Los Angeles. He is also the Founding Director of DeLeT – Day School Leadership through Teaching, HUC-JIR’s innovative program to recruit, prepare and retain high quality teachers for Jewish day schools. 

Dr. Zeldin also serves as Project Leader of HUC’s Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative.  This $15 million grant-funded program makes it possible for HUC-JIR to graduate many more highly qualified Jewish educators prepared to provide compelling experiences of Jewish learning and living to youth, teens and young adults.  Dr. Zeldin provides intellectual leadership and academic oversight to the new programs created as part of the initiative, including theExecutive M.A. Program in Jewish Education and the Certificate Program in the Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults.

Dr. Zeldin serves as Senior Editor of the Journal of Jewish Education, the premier academic and scholarly journal in the field of Jewish education. He is principal author and co-editor of Touching the Future: Mentoring and the Jewish Professional. He also serves on the Executive Steering Committee of the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) and the Editorial Board of the Union for Reform Judaism Press.

Dr. Zeldin holds a Ph.D. in the Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Education from HUC-JIR.  He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu