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THE NETWORK FOR RESEARCH IN JEWISH EDUCATION �

and �

THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF JEWRY

the

First

JointonConference Research in Jewish Education JUNE 9 – JUNE 11, 2015

HOSTED BY

HEBREW UNION COLLEGE – JEWISH INSTITUTE OF RELIGION N E W YO R K , N Y

ARI Y. KELMAN, 2015 PROGRAM CHAIR EVIE ROTSTEIN, 2015 CONFERENCE CHAIR


WELCOME TO THE

FIRST JOINT CONFERENCE ON RESEARCH IN JEWISH EDUCATION We look forward to a stimulating conference as we

convene academics, practitioners and researchers from

many disciplines and institutions to share the latest studies in the field of Jewish educational research. This year, sessions follow four formats: PAPER SESSION: Presentations of completed or nearly completed work SPOTLIGHT SESSION: Open, interactive session about key issues in Jewish education ROUNDTABLE SESSION: Multiple perspectives on an important topic in Jewish education CONSULTATION: Collegial discussion of work in progress The conference promises to be an exciting venue for exchanging ideas and for networking with fellow Jewish education professionals. PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Ari Y. Kelman, Program Chair Sharon Avni, Steven M. Cohen, Bethamie Horowitz, Jeffrey Kress, and Laura Tomes NRJE COORDINATOR Melissa Zalkin Stollman NRJE CHAIR Jonathan Krasner


� PROGRAM � MONDAY, JUNE 8 - TUESDAY JUNE 9 EMERGING SCHOLARS SEMINAR Ben Jacobs (NYU) and Meredith Katz (JTS), Facilitators

TUESDAY, JUNE 9 12:30-3:00 PM

REGISTRATION ....................................................................... Lobby

1:00-3:00 PM

ASSJ BOARD MEETING ........................................................... CL20

1:00-3:00 PM

JJE BOARD MEETING ................................................................CR3

2:00-3:00 PM

NEWCOMERS SESSION ............................................................ CR1

3:15-3:45 PM

INTRODUCTION & WELCOME............................................ Chapel Ari Y. Kelman (Stanford University), Program Chair Jonathan Krasner (Brandeis University), NRJE Chair Steven M. Cohen (HUC-JIR), ASSJ President Evie Rotstein (HUC-JIR), Conference Chair Official Greetings from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

3:45-4:30 PM

WELCOME RECEPTION ......................................................... Lobby

4:30-6:00 PM

OPENING PLENARY.............................................................. Chapel COLLISIONS, COLLUSIONS, COOPERATION: LOOKING FOR THE “SWEET SPOT” OF RESEARCH, PRACTICE AND POLICY An open conversation with Professor Riv-Ellen Prell (University of Minnesota), Steven M. Cohen (HUC-JIR), and Ari Y. Kelman (Stanford University)

6:00-7:30 PM

DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT........................................... CR 1/2 Featuring HUC-JIR Cantorial Student Shanna Zell, accompanied by Joyce Rosenzweig

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 8:00-9:30 AM

REGISTRATION ....................................................................... Lobby

8:00-9:00 AM

BREAKFAST ......................................................................... CL Lobby

8:00-9:00 AM

ALOHA MEETING .................................................................... CL20

9:00-10:30 AM

SESSION 1 S1.1 ROUNDTABLE SESSION .....................................................CR3 TOWARD AN EDUCATIONAL VISION FOR JEWISH YOUNG ADULTS Panelists: Arielle Levites (NYU), Dan Smokler (NYU), Ari Y. Kelman (Stanford University), Steven M. Cohen (HUC-JIR) S1.2. SPOTLIGHT SESSION ....................................................... 506 EXPLORING THE SOCIAL CLASS CONTEXT OF JEWISH EDUCATION Convener: Arnold Dashefsky Panelists: Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz (JFNA), Deborah Skolnick Einhorn (Hebrew College), Harriet Hartman (Rowan University), Yossi Prager (AVI CHAI Foundation), Jack Wertheimer (JTS), Jonathan Woocher (Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah) S1.3 ROUNDTABLE SESSION .................................................... 509 THE EVOLVING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN JEWISH EDUCATION AND PSYCHOLOGY Panelists: Joseph Reimer (Brandeis University), Jonathan Krasner (Brandeis University), Laura Tomes (Hillel International), Amy L. Sales (Brandeis University) S1.4 PAPER SESSION ................................................................ CL20 LEARNING TO READ TALMUD IN COLLEGES AND SEMINARIES Chair: Marjorie Lehman (JTS) Teaching “Introduction to Talmud” to University Undergraduates Elizabeth Shanks Alexander (University of Virginia)

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Talmud in the Mouth: Oral Recitation and Repetition through the Ages and in Today’s Classroom Jonathan S. Milgram (JTS) What “Learning to Read” Looks Like in Talmud Classrooms Jon A. Levisohn (Brandeis) 10:45 -11:30 AM

CONSULTATION SESSION 1 C1.1 Portrait of a Process: Synagogue Based .................... Experiential Education—The ReFrame Project of the Davidson School of Jewish Education Sarah Tauber (JTS) and Laura Herman (JTS)

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C1.2 Research Directions for Jewish Youth Philanthropy .... CL20 Matt Brown (Brandeis University) C1.3 The Growth of Day Schools in Los Angeles: ................CR3 A Unique Story? Sara Smith (NYU) C1.4 Evaluating Student-Teacher Interactions in .............. 501 Online Classroom Environments Akiva Berger (Tel Aviv University) 11:45 AM -12:30 PM

CONSULTATION SESSION 2 C2.1 Don’t You Want to Live Here Too? A Plan to ............... Study Small American Jewish Communities Nathan Vaughan (Brandeis University)

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C2.2 Inside, Outside, Upside Down: What Oral ..................CR3 Histories Reveal about Personal Experiences in Jewish Education Elissa Kaplan (Growing Projects) C2.3 Setting an Intention for Education Practice: ............ How Might the Pedagogy of Yoga Instruction Inform Jewish Education Zachary Lasker (JTS)

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C2.4 Turning your Dissertation into a Journal Article ........ 501 Helena Miller (UJIA)

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12:30-1:30 PM

LUNCH.....................................................................................

CR1/2

PRESENTATION OF THE EMERGING SCHOLAR AWARDS AND NRJE STRATEGIC PLANNING REPORT 1:45 – 3:15 pm

SESSION 2 S2.1 PAPER SESSION ................................................................ CR3 ISRAEL AND ISRAEL EDUCATION IN A TIME OF CONFLICT? Chair: Ted Sasson (Brandeis University) Respondent: Galia Avidar (NYU) “Bad Things Are Happening in Israel”: American Jewish Children and the 2014 Israel-Gaza War Sivan Zakai (AJU) “Sixty Six Years of Fighting”: Parents and Their Children Talk About the Arab-Israeli Conflict Jonah Hassenfeld (Stanford University) Purpose of Israel Education at Camp: A Study in Multiple Perspectives Amy L. Sales (Brandeis University) S2.2 PAPER SESSION ................................................................ 501 EDUCATING FOR ADULTHOOD Chair: Bethamie Horowitz (NYU) Gender and Ritual in Contemporary Israeli Bat/Bar Mitzvah Curricula Brenda Bacon (Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies) The Impact of Teen Leadership in a Jewish Religious Youth Organization on Adult Jewish Observance and Identity Michael Schatz (Gratz College) Pedagogy in Jewish Education: Understanding How Jewish Education Impacts Adult Jewish Behavior Nathan Vaughan (Brandeis University)

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S2.3 SPOTLIGHT SESSION ...................................................... ECONOMIC CHOICES IN JEWISH EDUCATION Chair: Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz (JFNA)

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Judaism in Transition: How Economic Choices Shape Religious Tradition Carmel Chiswick (GWU) Response Rachel Friedberg (Brown University) S2.4 PAPER SESSION ............................................................... INSIDE ORTHODOX SCHOOLS Chair: Barry Holtz (JTS)

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Beliefs of Middle School Students in a Modern Orthodox Jewish Day School Shani Bechhofer (JEIC) “Caring Vigilance”: Teachers Navigating the Values of Individualism and Community in a Modern Orthodox Jewish Day School Frayda Gonshor Cohen (Rosov Consulting) Behavior Management in the Ultra-Orthodox Yeshiva Classroom: Changing Techniques with Support from an Outside Consultant Rachel Figurasmith (JTS) 3:30 – 5:00 pm

SESSION 3 S3.1 ROUNDTABLE SESSION ................................................... CR3 USING MULTIPLE METHODS TO EVALUATE JEWISH EDUCATION: LESSONS FROM 15 YEARS OF RESEARCH ON TAGLIT-BIRTHRIGHT ISRAEL Panelists: Shahar Hecht (Brandeis University), Ted Sasson (Brandeis University), Janet Aronson (Brandeis University), Michelle Shain (Brandeis University) S3.2 SPOTLIGHT SESSION ....................................................... 501 JEDLAB: A SUCCESS STORY? WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD AND SUSTAIN A NETWORK? Panelists: Sara Shapiro-Plevan (JTS) and Yechiel Hoffman (Temple Beth Am, LA)

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S3.3 PAPER SESSION ...............................................................

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TEACHING AND LEARNING TEXTS Chair: Miriam Heller Stern (AJU) Reading Sacred Texts in the Classroom: The Alignment Between Students’ and Their Teacher’s Interpretive Stances when Reading the Hebrew Bible Ziva Hassenfeld (Stanford University) Leveraging Resources for Learning Through The Power of Partnership Orit Kent (Brandeis University) and Allison Cook (Brandeis University) Finding a Typology for Modern Orthodox Adults Ellen Cohn (Yeshiva University) S3.4 PAPER SESSION ............................................................... TEACHING TO LEAD Chair: Jeff Kress (JTS)

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High Holy Day Family Services: Intersections Between Prayer and Education Michael Ferman (York University) The Profile of the Hebrew Language Educator Vardit Ringvald (Middlebury College) Using Classic Texts to Promote Doctoral Student Consideration of Modern Issues in Jewish Education Rona Novick (Yeshiva University) 5:15 PM

DINNER AND EVENING ON YOUR OWN

THURSDAY, JUNE 11 7:30-8:30 AM

LIGHT BREAKFAST ............................................................

7:30-8:30 AM

REGISTRATION (luggage storage available)..................... Lobby

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8:30-10:00 AM

SESSION 4 S4.1 PAPER SESSION ................................................................ MAKING MEANING OUT OF JEWISH LIVES Chair: Laura Tomes (Hillel International)

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A Question of Where You Draw a Line: How the Evolution of a Coding Script Makes Explicit Assumptions About Lived Jewish Lives Alex Pomson (Rosov Consulting) and Helena Miller (UJIA) On the Sustainability of Jews Not by Religion: Lessons from a Comparative Study of Habonim Young Adult Alumni from the United States, Canada and Australia David Mittelberg (Oranim College) He Cried for Six Months: How Parents Make Decisions About Religious School Ilana Horwitz (Stanford University) S4.2 PAPER SESSION ............................................................... LEARNING FROM LEADERSHIP Chair: Meredith Katz (JTS)

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Cultivating the Disposition of Collaboration in a Hybrid Executive Model EdD Laya Salomon (Yeshiva University) Preparing Leaders: Findings from Three Cohorts of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute Yael Kidron (American Institutes for Research) At the intersection of “Jewish” and “Leadership:” Lessons from the Field Abigail Uhrman (JTS), Mark Young (JTS), David Ackerman (JCCA) S4.3 SPOTLIGHT SESSION ...................................................... CR3 LIKE DISTANT COUSINS: KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, AND BEHAVIORS TOWARD ISRAEL IN REFORM RABBINICAL STUDENTS Convener: Lisa Grant (HUC-JIR) Panelists: Michal Muzskat-Barkan (HUC-JIR), Sharon Anisfeld Cohen (Hebrew College), Danny Nevins (JTS), Renni Altman (HUC-JIR) 10

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S4.4 PAPER SESSION ................................................................ 501 CREATIVITY IN LEADERSHIP, EXPRESSION AND ENGAGEMENT Chair: Jon Levisohn (Brandeis University) Parshanut Through Art Matt Reingold (York University) “Sacred Obligation” to Teach Every Child: The Intersection of Creative Leadership and Jewish Education Hana Bor (Towson) and Paz Galupo (Towson) Uncharted Waters: Mapping the Relationship and Challenges between Jewish Education and New Technology Jeffrey Schein (Jewish Education Center of Cleveland) 10:15-11:45 AM

SESSION 5 S5.1 ROUNDTABLE SESSION .................................................... 501 FORMING PRACTICE THROUGH EVALUATIVE INQUIRY: A FIVE-YEAR JOURNEY IN JEWISH EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION Panelists: Rob Weinberg (HUC-JIR), Cindy Reich (University of Minnesota), Cyd Weissman (The Jewish Education Project), Alex Pomson (Rosov Consulting) S5.2 ROUNDTABLE SESSION ................................................

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“RUACH IN THE CHADAR” OR “IVRIT BAMACHANEH”: COMPETING IDEOLOGIES OF HEBREW PEDAGOGY AT AMERICAN JEWISH SUMMER CAMPS Panelists: Sarah Benor (HUC-JIR), Jonathan Krasner (Brandeis University), Sharon Avni (CUNY), Isa Aron (HUC-JIR), Ayala Fader (Fordham) S5.3 SPOTLIGHT SESSION ...................................................... CR3 PLURALISM AND JEWISH EDUCATION: THEORY AND PRACTICE Convener: Michal Muszkat-Barkan (HUC-JIR) Panelists: David Ellenson (HUC-JIR), Joy Levitt (JCC Manhattan), Danny Lehman (Hebrew College)

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S5.4 SPOTLIGHT SESSION ...................................................... INNOVATION IN A TRADITIONAL CULTURE: A NEW NARRATIVE FOR NURTURING AND CHALLENGING JEWISH LEADERS Convener: Jan Katzew (HUC-JIR) Panelists: Susan Shevitz (Brandeis University), Larry Bailis (Brandeis University)

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11:45-1:15 PM

NRJE BOARD MEETING .......................................................... CL20

12:00-1:00 PM

LUNCH....................................................................................

1:15-2:45 PM

SESSION 6

CR 1/2

S6.1 ROUNDTABLE SESSION ................................................... RESPONSES TO CULTURAL AUTHORITIES Panelists: Matthew Williams (Stanford University), Mijal Bitton (NYU), Steven M. Cohen (HUC-JIR), Sarah Benor (HUC-JIR)

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S6.2 ROUNDTABLE SESSION ................................................... 501 CRACKING A HARD NUT: INNOVATIVE METHODS IN THE STUDY OF TEACHERS AND TEACHER EDUCATION Panelists: Sharon Feiman-Nemser (Brandeis University), Bethamie Horowitz (NYU), Eran Tamir (Brandeis University), Karen Hammerness (American Museum of Natural History) S6.3 ROUNDTABLE SESSION .................................................. 503 CONNECTING THE GENERATIONS Panelists: Ariela Keysar (Trinity College), Rela Mintz Geffen (Gratz College), Carmel Chiswick (GWU), Debra Kaufman (Northeastern University), Ilana Horwitz (Stanford University) S6.4 SPOTLIGHT SESSION ...................................................... DEVELOPING OUTCOMES AND MEASURES FOR JEWISH TEEN ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION

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SESSION 7 S7.1 ROUNDTABLE SESSION..................................................... 501 PROJECT BASED LEARNING Panelists: Alvan Kaunfer (Hebrew College), Ronit Ziv-Kreger (Combined Jewish Philanthropies) S7.2 PAPER SESSION ................................................................ MANAGING DIFFERENCE AND CROSSING BOUNDARIES Chair: Sharon Avni (CUNY)

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Openness and Religious Education: Can the Two Co-Exist? Insights from Two Israeli Religious High Schools David Harbater (Herzog College) Learning from Discomfort: Transformative Opportunities for Novice Teachers in Unfamiliar Spaces Lauren Applebaum (JTS/AJU) Shabbat at Camp: Three Models of Learning Joseph Reimer (Brandeis University) S7.3 PAPER SESSION................................................................ NEW CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON JEWISH EDUCATION Chair: Ari Y. Kelman (Stanford University)

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Mobile Jewish History Gaming: Tikkun Olam and Civic and Democratic Education Owen Gottlieb (NYU) #youngjewishandfeminist: Developing a Critical Feminist Lens in Jewish Educational Spaces Beth Cooper Benjamin (Mayan) and Andrea Jacobs (Mayan) S7.4 SPOTLIGHT SESSION ...................................................... CR3 HIGHLIGHTING THE THEORETICAL ADVANCEMENTS OF EXPERIENTIAL JEWISH EDUCATION Convener: David Bryfman (The Jewish Education Project). Panelists: Bradley Solmsen (Union for Reform Judaism), Lisa Samick (Temple Israel of the City of New York), Robin Faintich (JewishGPS), Daniel Held (UJA Federation of Greater Toronto), Mark Young (JTS), Deborah Nagler (New Jersey City University), Deborah Meyer (Moving Traditions) The First Joint Conference on Research in Jewish Education

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� INDEX OF PRESENTERS � David Ackerman (JCCA) ............................................................................................. S4.2 Elizabeth Shanks Alexander (University of Virginia) ................................................S1.4 Renni Altman (HUC-JIR) .............................................................................................. S4.3 Lauren Applebaum (JTS/AJU) .................................................................................... S7.2 Galia Avidar (NYU) ...................................................................................................... S2.1 Sharon Avni (CUNY) .......................................................................................... S5.2, S7.2 Brenda Bacon (Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies) ........................................... S2.2 Shani Bechhofer (JEIC) .............................................................................................. S2.4 Larry Bailis (Brandeis University) ............................................................................. S5.4 David Bryfman (The Jewish Education Project) ..............................................S6.4, S7.4 Beth Cooper Benjamin (Mayan) ............................................................................... S7.3 Akiva Berger (Tel Aviv University) ............................................................................. C1.4 Jamie Betesh (The Jewish Education Project) ......................................................... S6.4 Hana Bor (Towson) .................................................................................................... S4.4 Matt Brown (Brandeis University) ............................................................................. C1.2 Carmel Chiswick (GWU) ................................................................................... S2.3, S6.3 Sharon Anisfeld Cohen (Hebrew College) .............................................................. S4.3 Frayda Gonshor Cohen (Rosov Consulting) ............................................................ S2.4 Steven M. Cohen (HUC-JIR) ............................................................................... S1.1, S6.1 Ellen Cohn (Yeshiva University) ................................................................................ S3.3. Arnold Dashefsky (University of Connecticut) ......................................................... S1.2 Deborah Skolnick Einhorn (Hebrew College) .......................................................... S1.2 David Ellenson (HUC-JIR) .......................................................................................... S5.3 Robyn Faintich (JewishGPS) ...................................................................................... S7.4 Sharon Feiman-Nemser (Brandeis University) ...................................................... S6.2 Michael Ferman (York University) ............................................................................ S3.4 Rachel Figurasmith (JTS) ........................................................................................... S2.4 Rachel Friedberg (Brown University) ....................................................................... S2.3 Paz Galupo (Towson) ................................................................................................ S4.4 Rela Mintz Geffen (Gratz College) .......................................................................... S6.3 Owen Gottleib (NYU) .................................................................................................. S7.3 Lisa Grant (HUC-JIR) .................................................................................................. S4.3 David Harbater (Herzog College) ............................................................................ S7.2 Harriet Hartman (Rowan University) ........................................................................ S1.2 Jonah Hassenfeld (Stanford University) ................................................................... S2.1 Ziva Reimer Hassenfeld (Stanford University) ....................................................... S3.3 Daniel Held (UJA Federation of Greater Toronto) .................................................. S7.4 Laura Herman (JTS) ..................................................................................................... C1.1 Yechiel Hoffman (Temple Beth Am, LA) .................................................................. S3.2 Barry W. Holtz (JTS) .................................................................................................... S2.4 Bethamie Horowitz (NYU) ................................................................................ S2.2, S6.2 Ilana Horwitz (Stanford University) ................................................................ S4.1, S6.3 Andrea Jacobs (Mayan) ............................................................................................. S7.3 Elissa Kaplan (Growing Projects) ............................................................................. C2.2 Meredith Katz (JTS) .................................................................................................... S4.2 Jan Katzew (HUC-JIR) ................................................................................................. S5.4 Debra Kaufman (Northeastern University) ............................................................. S6.3 Alvan Kaunfer (Hebrew College) ............................................................................... S7.1 14

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Ari Y. Kelman (Stanford University) ................................................................... S1.1, S7.3 Orit Kent (Brandeis University) .................................................................................. S3.3 Ariela Keysar (Trinity College) ................................................................................... S6.3 Yael Kidron (American Institutes for Research) ............................................ S4.2, S6.4 Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz (JFNA) ................................................................... S1.2, S2.3 Jonathan Krasner (Brandeis University) ...........................................................S1.3, S5.2 Jeff Kress (JTS) ............................................................................................................. S3.4 Zachary Lasker (JTS) .................................................................................................. C2.3 Marjorie Lehman (JTS) ............................................................................................... S1.4 Daniel Lehmann (Hebrew College) ......................................................................... S5.3 Jon A. Levisohn (Brandeis University) .............................................................. S1.4, S4.4 Arielle Levites (NYU) ..................................................................................................... S1.1 Joy Levitt (JCC Manhattan) ........................................................................................ S5.3 Deborah Meyer (Moving Traditions) ....................................................................... S7.4 Jonathan Milgram (JTS) .............................................................................................. S1.4 Helena Miller (UJIA) ........................................................................................... C2.4, S4.1 David Mittelberg (Oranim College) .......................................................................... S4.1 Michal Muszkat-Barkan (HUC-JIR) ................................................................ S4.3, S5.3 Deborah Nagler (New Jersey City University) ......................................................... S7.4 Danny Nevins (JTS) ..................................................................................................... S4,3 Rona Novick (Yeshiva University) ............................................................................. S3.4 Alex Pomson (Rosov Consulting) ...................................................................... S4.1, S5.1 Yossi Prager (AVI CHAI Foundation) .......................................................................... S1.2 Joseph Reimer (Brandeis University) ................................................................ S1.3, S7.2 Matt Reingold (York University) ................................................................................ S4.4 Vardit Ringvald (Middlebury College) ..................................................................... S3.4 Wendy Rosov (Rosov Consulting) ............................................................................. S6.4 Amy L. Sales (Brandeis University) .................................................................... S1.3, S2.1 Laya Salomon (Yeshiva University) .......................................................................... S4.2 Lisa Samick (Temple Israel of the City of New York) ............................................. S7.4 Ted Sasson (Brandeis University) ...................................................................... S2.1, S3.1 Michael Schatz (Gratz College) ............................................................................... S2.2 Jeffrey Schein (Jewish Education Center of Cleveland) ........................................ S4.4 Sara Shapiro-Plevan (JTS) ....................................................................................... S3.2 Susan Shevitz (Brandeis University) ......................................................................... S5.4 Sara Smith (NYU) ........................................................................................................ C1.3 Dan Smokler (NYU) ...................................................................................................... S1.1 Justin Rosen Smolen (The Jewish Education Project) ............................................. S6.4 Bradley Solmsen (Union for Reform Judaism) ........................................................ S7.4 Miriam Heller Stern (AJU) .......................................................................................... S3.3 Sarah Tauber (JTS) ....................................................................................................... C1.1 Laura Tomes (Hillel International) .................................................................... S1.3, S4.1 Abigail Uhrman (JTS) ................................................................................................. S4.2 Nathan Vaughan (Brandeis University) .......................................................... C2.1, S2.2 Jack Wertheimer (JTS) ................................................................................................. S1.2 Jonathan Woocher (Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah) ..................... S1.2 Mark Young (JTS) .............................................................................................. S4.2, S7.4 Sivan Zakai (AJU) ......................................................................................................... S2.1 Ronit Ziv-Kriger (Combined Jewish Philanthropies) ................................................ S7.1


THE NETWORK IS GRATEFUL TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT AND EFFORTS IN MAKING THIS CONFERENCE A SUCCESS: CONFERENCE PATRONS AVI CHAI Foundation Jim Joseph Foundation Covenant Foundation Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation UJA Federation of New York CONFERENCE HOST

Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion

CONFERENCE SPONSORS American Jewish University Brandeis University Gratz College Hebrew College Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Schools of Education, Los Angeles and New York The Jewish Theological Seminary New York University Stanford University Yeshiva University York University

NRJE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Jonathan Krasner, Chair Benjamin M. Jacobs, Secretary Eli Schaap, Treasurer Helena Miller, Journal of Jewish Education, Senior Editor Jeff Kress, Lisa Grant, Past NRJE Chairs Evie Rotstein, 2015 Conference Chair Ari Y. Kelman, 2015 Program Chair Lauren Applebaum, 2014 Conference Chair Jon A. Levisohn, 2014 Program Chair Sara Shapiro-Plevan and Matthew Williams, Communications Co-Directors Carol Ingall, Emerging Scholars Award Committee Chair Jonah Hassenfeld and Benjamin Lewis, Graduate Student Representatives PROPOSAL REVIEWERS Ari Y. Kelman, Stanford University Sharon Avni, CUNY Steven M. Cohen, HUC-JIR Bethamie Horowitz, NYU Jeffrey Kress, JTS Laura Tomes, Hillel International With Special Thanks to: Harriet Lewis, HUC-JIR Director of Operations, New York Meredeth Kelly, HUC-JIR Assistant to Director of Operations/Director of School of Education Nicole Ray, Program Designer Melissa Zalkin Stollman, NRJE Coordinator

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