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Doctoral & Postdoctoral Programs

Since the Center welcomed its first postdoctoral fellow in 2004, it has made nurturing a small number of future leaders of the field a core part of its work.

Doctoral fellows at the Center are full-time students in the Jewish Studies track of the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies doctoral program. Appropriate candidates for the doctoral program, and for doctoral fellowships at the Center, will typically have:

  • strong Jewish studies backgrounds;
  • experience in education or Jewish education;
  • an MA in a related field;
  • an outstanding academic record;
  • scholarly interests that align with the focus of the Mandel Center on teaching and learning in Jewish educational settings.

While at Brandeis, doctoral fellows are supervised by Center faculty; participate in research projects; and become active and valued members of the intellectual community at the Center. For more details, see the NEJS Department website.

Postdoctoral fellows at the Center are offered to outstanding emerging scholars who are completing or who have recently completed a dissertation in Jewish education or a related field; whose scholarly interests align with the focus of the Mandel Center on teaching and learning in Jewish educational settings; and who are prepared to spend two years in residence at the Center. While at Brandeis, postdoctoral fellows are supervised by Center faculty; undertake their own research and writing projects while also contributing to, and sometimes leading, projects on behalf of the Center; and become active and valued members of the intellectual community at the Center.

To date, the Center has supported four doctoral fellows and seven postdoctoral fellows.

Postdoctoral Fellows


2016-2018 Ziva Reimer Hassenfeld
Dissertation: “Making sense of tudent sense-making: An investigation into classroom text discussions in Hebrew bible classrooms,” Stanford University, 2016.
2011-2012 Tsafrir Goldberg
Dissertation: "'Everyone knows that’s how things were': High school students’ history learning processes--Between collective memory narratives and disciplinary skills," The Hebrew University, 2006.
2009-2011 Renee Rubin Ross
Dissertation: "Parental involvement and community cohesion at a Jewish, Catholic, and independent day school," New York University, 2009.
2008-2009 Inbar Galili-Schachter
Dissertation: "Teachers and commentators: hermeneutics of teaching Jewish philosophy in secondary schools: Case Studies," Hebrew University, 2008
2006-2008  Eran Tamir
Dissertation: "The politics of education reform : state power and the field of educational policy in New Jersey," Michigan State University, 2006
2004-2006  Susan M. Kardos
Dissertation: "Supporting and sustaining new teachers in schools : the importance of professional culture and mentoring," Harvard University, 2004

Doctoral Fellows


A.B.D.  Orah Minder Doctoral Candidate in Jewish Education, Brandeis University
A.B.D. Jacob Cytryn Program Director, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
Ph.D., 2008  Orit Kent Director of the Beit Midrash Research Project
Dissertation: Interactive Text Study and the Co-Construction of Meaning: Hevruta in the DeLet Beit Midrash
Ph.D., 2006 Susan Tanchel Head of School, JCDS: Boston's Jewish Community Day School
Dissertation: Honoring Voices: Listening to the Texts and the Teachers, the Scholars and the Students