Sivan Zakai - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Sara S. Lee Assistant Professor of Jewish Education

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Schools of Education
Academic Field: 
Jewish Education; Israel Studies
Research Interests: 
Israel education; history & Jewish history education, sociology of American Jewish children

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Dr. Zakai is the Sara S. Lee Assistant Professor of Jewish Education at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR's Skirball Campus in Los Angeles.

A thought leader in Jewish education, her areas of expertise include curriculum design, history education, Israel education, and teaching controversial issues.

Dr. Zakai serves as the Director of the Children’s Learning About Israel Project and co-Director of Project Orli: Research and Leadership in Israel Education. 

Selected Publications and Edited Works

The Stories of Our National Past: History and Heritage in a Jewish High School. Curriculum Inquiry. 45(2), 219-243, 2015.


Selected Public Scholarship: