Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education

Rabbi Chaim Feuerman, Ed. D.

With over four decades of wide-ranging experience as head of Hebrew day schools throughout the United States and Canada, Rabbi Chaim Feuerman, Ed. D., has served as Professor of Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration for the past 18 years. He holds the Golda Koschitzky Chair in Education and is the chair of the Mendheim Student Teaching and Administrative Intermship Program. Rabbi Feuerman has published extensively and has served as professional developer/consultant to Jewish day schools and Jewish communal agencies from coast to coast as well as overseas. Sample Titles The Secret of Success in Education is Respect for — the Student! Supervision of Instruction Classroom Management Differentiated Instruction Cooperative Learning Multiple Intelligences Models of Teaching Limudei Kodesh Diverse Learners — Instructional and Curricular Modifications for Special Needs Students Acquisition of Torah Values...

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Dr. Scott J. Goldberg

Scott J. Goldberg, Ph.D., is Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Yeshiva University. Dr. Goldberg is responsible for advancing the teaching and learning at YU’s undergraduate and graduate schools through 21st century methods and media, including online and blended learning, as well as developing new educational programs locally and globally. From 2007 – 2013, Dr. Goldberg served as the inaugural Director of the Institute for University – School Partnership, working closely with organizations, agencies, and institutions to improve the quality and sustainability of schools. He is also Associate Professor at YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. He serves on various national panels and committees that address the most challenging issues in Jewish education today, from the shortage of qualified leaders for our schools, to the economic challenges facing Jewish education. Dr. Goldberg is an internationally recognized expert in various educational and psychological topics including: online/blended learning, systems of support for students, differentiated instruction, the connection between learning disabilities and behavior problems, multilingual literacy development and assessment, religious development and assessment, and the effects of media on learning and behavior. Dr. Goldberg started his career as a teacher of children with learning disabilities and developed a private practice to counsel and advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from New York University, an M.S.Ed. in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York, and a B.A. in Jewish Studies from the University of Chicago. Sample Titles Jewish Education: Negotiating the Non-Negotiable School and Community: An Essential Partnership Leadership is as Leadership Does: Modeling Leadership for the Next Generation Got God?: Raising Spiritual Children Differentiated Instruction Shimush Talmidei Chachamim: Living the Great Life with Great People Motivating Children to Learn: A Parents Role Motivating Children to Learn: A Teachers Role Teaching Teshuvah: Educating Change in a Changing World Tailoring Personal Change: Avoiding the Emperor’s New Clothes Sorcerers and Tefillah: The Magic of Prayer Are we Waiting for Miracles?:...

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Dr. Rona Novick

Rona Novick, Ph.D., is Dean of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration.  She received tenure after serving on the faculty at Azrieli for seven years.  She directed the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Doctoral Program in Jewish Education and Administration for the past 6 years.  Dr. Novick also holds the Raine and Stanley Silverstein Chair in Professional Ethics and Values.  Dr. Novick is the Co-Educational Director of the Hidden Sparks program, providing consultation to day schools and Yeshivas, and holds a voluntary appointment in Child Psychology at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Novick received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and completed her doctoral internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.  She developed the Alliance for School Mental Health at North-Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center and served as its director for eight years, authoring the BRAVE bully prevention program for schools.  She is recognized for her expertise in behavior management and child behavior therapy and has published scholarly articles and book chapters on school applications of behavior management, special education, children and trauma and bully prevention and social emotional learning in schools.  She has delivered numerous presentations at national and international conferences, focusing on her research interests in parenting and parent-school partnerships, child anxiety disorders, social-emotional learning, special education and the behavior and development of young children.  She is the author of a book for parents:  Helping Your Child Make Friends, and editor of the book series Kids Don’t Come With Instruction Manuals. Sample Titles Kindling Spirituality -Keeping the Home Fires Burning Bullying, from Playground to Boardroom Jewish and Psychological Approaches to Loss, Trauma, and Consolation Bystander  Obligations – from a Jewish and Psychological Perspective Safe and Healthy School Environments Creating Caring Classrooms Thinking about Thinking – The Power of Metacognition Hakarat Hatov – The Positive Psychology of Gratitude and Jewish Parallels Developing Socially Responsible Children Building Resilience in Ourselves and Our Children Living in a Dangerous World – Coping and Managing Stress Including...

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Dr. David Pelcovitz

Dr. David Pelcovitz holds the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Psychology and Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University. He is also special assistant to President Richard M. Joel. In addition, Dr. Pelcovitz is an instructor in pastoral counseling at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Serving for more than two decades as director of psychology at North Shore University Hospital-NYU School of Medicine and clinical professor of psychology at NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Pelcovitz has consulted extensively with the Jewish community in the United States, Europe and Israel on a wide range of issues facing children and adolescents. Dr. Pelcovitz, who received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, has published and lectured extensively on a variety of topics related to education, parenting and child mental health. Areas of research and clinical specialty include family violence, the impact of domestic violence, stress management, transmitting values to children and adolescents and coping with trauma and loss. His most recent publication was “Balanced Parenting,” a book he wrote in collaboration with his father, Rabbi Raphael Pelcovitz, on parenting from a Jewish perspective. Sample Titles The funds, faith, family and friends of happy People: What does Judaism and Psychology teach us about what makes us happy Dealing with Loss: Psychological and Jewish insights on illness and loss Gratitude: What does recent psychological research teach us about the importance of gratitude- and how can we build these insights into our every day lives? Anger: Jewish and psychological perspective on anger management at home and at work Cynicism Vs. Respect: Teaching respect for parents and grandparents in an age of cynicism Helping your child deal with external influences: Television, video games, movies and the Internet How to raise your child to be a mentch: what does psychological research teach us about mentch making? How does this relate to Jewish values? Money and Your Child: How to instill the proper values about money in...

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Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Schnall

Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Schnall is currently on the faculty of the Yeshiva College Psychology Department and the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. He has published widely and lectured nationally on topics related to religion and psychology, as well as mental health and the Orthodox Jewish community. His research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, on the cover of the Jerusalem Post, and on CBS television news (– and was even joked about by Jay Leno in his opening monologue on NBC’s Tonight Show.) Rabbi Dr. Schnall received ordination from Yeshiva University’s rabbinical school, the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He did his clinical residency in psychology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of UMDNJ, and holds a PhD in psychology from Yeshiva University. Sample Titles Orthodox Jewish Marriage: Why we’re satisfied, why we’re stressed Prayer and Longevity: Will going to shul help you live longer? The more things change the more they stay the same: An intergenerational view of mental health in the Orthodox Jewish community Avadim Hayeenu: Building Pyramids, Building Legos, and Building Self-Esteem Groupthink: How did the Sanhedrin avoid the kinds of mistakes that plagued JFK, NASA, and the captain of the Titanic? Multicultural Counseling and the Orthodox Jew Beyond Jerry Seinfeld and Jackie Mason: Is Humor Jewish, and Why Should I Care? Stress and Distress in the Modern World: Jewish Spirituality Responds Bringing Awe into our Lives: Positive Psychology and the Aesthetic in Judaism Harnessing the Power of Gratitude: A Contemporary View of a Timeless Mitzvah Hope and Optimism: In Judaism and in Our Daily Lives Making Marriage Work: Jewish and Psychological Perspectives Prayer and Longevity: Will Attending Shul Help You Live...

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Dr. Karen Shawn

Karen Shawn, Ph.D., is Visiting Associate Professor of Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University, Senior Fellow of Azrieli’s Institute for University-School Partnership, and co-editor of PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators, a publication of Yeshiva University. A former public school English teacher, she was the middle school assistant principal for secular studies at the Moriah School. She taught for a decade at the Yad Vashem Summer Institute for Educators from Abroad and served at the same time as the educational consultant for the American Friends of the Ghetto Fighters’ Museum. The founder of the Holocaust Educators’ Consortium, an international, interreligious Community of Practice, she has lectured and written extensively on Holocaust education. The author of the widely-used text The End of Innocence: Anne Frank and the Holocaust (1992, NY; ADL), her most recent edited volumes are an anthology of Holocaust narratives and an accompanying teacher’s guide entitled The Call of Memory: Learning about the Holocaust Through Narrative (Shawn & Goldfrad, 2008, Teaneck, NJ: Ben Yehuda Press). Sample Titles The Call of Memory: Teaching About the Holocaust Through Narrative Stories of Jewish Heroism During the Holocaust The Holocaust and Heroism: True Stories of Jewish Defense and Defiance Beyond Candles: Commemorating the Holocaust Through Education What Makes a ‘Good Film’ Good? Teaching About the Holocaust Through Literature and Film The Sequential Holocaust...

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