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NRJE Blog is Live

Dear colleagues and friends,
We are pleased to announce the next iteration of NRJE’s newsletter, which we are shifting to a digital format and will now appear, updated approximately quarterly, on our website. Please visit two new pages making their debut, the NRJE Blog, featuring updates from Sylvia Barack Fishman, Conference Chair and Helena Miller, Journal Chair, and News from Our Members, with updates from the field from so many of our colleagues making strides in their own research.

​Also return regularly to our website for conference updates and other announcements, as we prepare to see each other at Towson State University in June, 2016.

Kol tuv,

Sara Shapiro-Plevan & Matt Williams

New Issue of the NRJE Newsletter

The NRJE Newsletter #43, Spring 205/5775 issue is now online. A special thanks to Michelle Lynn-Sachs, Newsletter Editor, for putting it together and thank you to all of the contributors as well.  Past issues of the newsletter can be found here.


NRJE Conference Registration Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that the registration form for the 2015 conference has been posted. The 29th Annual Conference will be held from June 9-11, 2015, at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in New York. Held in collaboration with the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, the Conference will offer a unique opportunity to to engage with educational phenomena in all their manifestations, settings, and contexts, and to place our engagements with Jewish education in broader scholarly and social contexts, in an effort to continue challenging and advancing our field.

The registration deadline is Monday, June 1. After the deadline you will be required to register at the door.

Registration and other conference information can be found here.

Mentoring Seminar

June 8 & 9, 2015

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, NYC

On Monday, June 8, and Tuesday, June 9 (immediately preceding the annual NRJE conference), the Network for Research in Jewish Education, with support from the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University, will hold a mentoring seminar and collaborative research workshop for emerging scholars (graduate students, recent PhD recipients, and junior faculty members).  Participants will hear from veteran researchers in the field and get to know each other and senior colleagues in small group settings, underscoring NRJE’s commitment toward advancing the professional development and research acumen of emerging scholars.

Sessions will include presentations and discussions about:

  • Productive Habits of Highly Respected Researchers
  • Diverse Modes of Disseminating Research Findings in Jewish Education
  • Individual Consultations with Peers and Mentors on Current Research and Methodologies

In addition, emerging and veteran scholars will have an opportunity to collaborate on a brainstorming exercise—a research think tank—on the subject of “Contemporary Youth in Informal Educational Settings.”  The goal of this workshop-style activity is to generate new ways of thinking about and investigating hot-button issues in the contemporary Jewish education field.

All graduate students and junior faculty members who are members of NRJE are invited to apply. Priority will be given to graduate students who have completed their coursework and to junior faculty within four years of degree completion. NRJE/CASJE will provide participants up to $500 to help defray travel costs (limited to airfare, accommodations, and/or ground transportation).

Applications for participation in this seminar should be submitted by March 15, 2015.  Click here to complete the application.

Announcing the NRJE Research Award

1. The NRJE Research Award recognizes an outstanding article or chapter in an edited volume by an untenured scholar. The author can be a junior faculty member or an administrator, practitioner, policy analyst, or researcher, who has received his/her doctorate within the past six years. Co-authored works are acceptable as long as the untenured researcher is the primary author.

2. All nominations must be made through a formal application process. The process includes the completion of an application by the author, a curriculum vitae, and receipt of two references attesting to the excellence of the scholarship by experts in the field. All the forms can be found on the NRJE website.

3. The author must be a current member of the NRJE.

4. The research can be linked to a dissertation or any other area of research as long as it contributes to the understanding of a significant educational issue or question applicable to Jewish education.

5. The Awards Committee will review each application using the following criteria:

a. Clarity of exposition
b. Familiarity with relevant literatures
c. Methodological rigor
d. Potential to advance knowledge in the field.
The Committee can consult outside experts if necessary.

6. The winner of the NRJE Research Prize is strongly encouraged to participate in the conference of that year, during which the award will be presented.

Registration fees for the conference will be waived as part of the NRJE Research Prize. The winner is also expected to participate in future activities of the Network.

7. The awardee is also encouraged to apply for NRJE travel awards to allow him or her to participate in the annual conference.

More information can be found here.

Applications should be directed to Carol K. Ingall, Chair of the Awards Committee, by March 22, 2015 and will be announced at the NRJE conference in New York, HUC-JIR, June 9-11, 2015.


In 1999, the Network for Research in Jewish Education established a fund designed to assist graduate students through annual grants in support of individual research projects. This grant

• is awarded yearly to individuals who are members of the Network
• is for an amount up to $3000
• may be used for expenses such as books and publications, travel (to conduct research or to attend conferences), technical and/or clerical support, and purchase of equipment.

Projects are evaluated for their quality of exposition, the potential for their goals to be realized, their engagement with relevant literatures, and for their contribution to the scholarship of Jewish education. Award-winning projects are ones that have the possibility to make significant advances in knowledge or in methodology that moves the field forward. Doctoral level students should have completed a proposal hearing or its equivalent.

By March 15, 2015, submit via email:

1. A description of your research project, including your institutional affiliation(s). (1800 words maximum) Please write an essay that is accessible to researchers across the many disciplines that comprise Jewish education.

2. A one- to two-page letter that explains

• your research progress to date
• how the Award funds will enable you to conduct/complete your research
• your anticipated timeline for the completion of your research project
• the anticipated impact of your research on the field of Jewish education
• the way in which the project and your career path will involve ongoing participation and contribution to research in Jewish education

3. A budget for the funds is requested. Be specific. [Please note that, in accordance with IRS regulations, recipients of the Emerging Scholars Award will be responsible, within two years of receipt of the award, for substantiating the use of funds in accordance with the permitted purposes, as listed above.

4. The names of two faculty members or senior scholars in your field whom you have asked to submit Letters of Recommendation (to be sent directly to the Committee Chair via email).

The Awards Committee will acknowledge receipt of all applications and will request further information if necessary. The Emerging Scholar Award will be announced at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Network for Research in Jewish Education, June 9-11, at HUC-JIR in New York, at which time the recipient will discuss his or her research project.

More information can be found here.

Carol K. Ingall, Chair
Awards Committee
Tel. (212) 678-8033

Past Award Winners include:

NRJE Young/Emerging Scholar Award Recipients


Year Name
2001 Ofra Backenroth (JTS)
2002 Susie Tanchel (Brandeis)

Meredith Katz (TC)

2003 Miriam Heller Stern (Stanford)

Ben Jacobs (TC)

Barry Kislowicz (TC)

2004 Tracy Kaplowitz (Hebrew University)
2005 Beth Cousens (Brandeis)

Alan Selis (UMD)

2006 Tali Hyman (NYU)
2007 Michael Kay (NYU)

Leslie Ginsparg (NYU)

Rebecca Shargel (JTS)

2008 Sivan Kroll-Zeldin Zakai (Stanford)

Zohar Rotem (The New School)

2009 Aliza Segal (Hebrew University)
2010 Orly Denman (NYU)
2011 Rafael Cashman (OISE, U of Toronto)
2012 Frayda Gonshor Cohen (Mills College)

Arielle Levites (NYU)

2013 Greg Beiles (OISE, U of Toronto)

Owen Gottlieb (NYU)

2014 No award given

New Address and Phone Number

Please note – we have a new address and phone number:

Network for Research in Jewish Education
4613 N. University Drive, #348
Coral Springs, FL 33067
513-815-NRJE (6753)

Journal of Jewish Education-Editor Search

Below please find a Call for Applications for the position of editor of the Journal of Jewish Education.  The Journal of Jewish Education, the journal of the NRJE, is published four times per year by Taylor & Francis, and has been the premier journal in the field of Jewish education for more than 80 years.

For this position, the NRJE seeks senior scholars with a broad perspective on the Jewish education enterprise, proven research, organizational, and editorial abilities, and a deep commitment to developing research and practice in the field.  The Search Committee is particularly interested in receiving applications from NRJE members in good standing (new members welcome!) who:

  • have a recognized publication record and scholarly reputation;
  • have experience with editorial work (e.g., journal or book editorships, editorial board memberships, conference program chairing, peer reviewing, etc.);
  • have excellent communication, organization, and management skills;
  • are independent in thought and judgment, while also adhering to the missions of NRJE and the JJE;
  • can reconceptualize aspects of the publication in response to feedback from the NRJE Executive and membership.

We hope you will consider this outstanding opportunity for leadership in the Jewish education field.  We encourage you, as well, to nominate colleagues and to forward this announcement far and wide.

Applicants submit: 1) a letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) names, titles, and contact information (including e-mail) of three referees who are able to evaluate the applicant’s editorial abilities. The application deadline is September 22, 2014, though earlier applications are strongly encouraged. All applications must be submitted via e-mail to Benjamin M. Jacobs, Search Committee Chair,

Journal of Jewish Education–Editor search announcement–2014

2013 NRJE Conference Keynote Speech by Dr. David Hansen

We are pleased to inform you that the video of the Keynote Speech from the 2013 NRJE Conference titled Cosmopolitanism as Education: A Philosophy of Life in Our Time given by Dr. David Hansen, John L. & Sue Ann Weinberg Professor- Historical & Philosophical Foundations Education is now available.

Video of Dr. David Hansen’s Keynote on 6.2.2013 at the NRJE Conference

Posted by on Wednesday, September 11, 2013