Faculty & Staff

Ziva R. Hassenfeld
Post-doctoral Fellow

Ziva came to the Mandel Center in 2016, after earning her doctorate from Stanford University in Education and Jewish Studies. Her dissertation is titled, Transmission and Interpretive Facilitation: Teaching Hebrew Bible in Jewish Elementary Schools.

Her research focuses on the tools and reading strategies young children employ when reading Biblical texts as well as the pedagogies teachers use to support student textual interpretation. Part of her research has been published in the Journal of Jewish Education, Reading Sacred Texts in the Classroom: The Alignment Between Students and Their Teacher's Interpretive Stances When Reading the Hebrew Bible

Alongside her research, Ziva is also a passionate educator. She has taught Tanakh in a variety of setting, including at Gann Academy, Genesis/BIMA, Silicon Valley Beit Midrash, Stanford Hillel, Congregation Beth Jacobs, and Congregation Emek Beracha. While a doctoral student, Ziva served as a teaching assistant for the Graduate School of Education’s Pro Seminar and an instructor for the Stanford Teacher Education Preparatory Program. Ziva is a Wexner Fellow and Davidson Scholar, Class 25.