Faculty & Staff

Arielle Levites
Affiliated Scholar

Arielle joined the Mandel Center in late 2016 as an affiliated scholar leading the Students' Understanding of Rabbinics project. She is currently a faculty member and Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hebrew College in the Schoolman School of Graduate Studies.

Arielle Levites received her doctorate from New York University, where she was a Jim Joseph Fellow and a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Her dissertation was supported by the Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. She is the recipient of the Student Research Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Emerging Scholar Award from the Network for Research in Jewish Education.

Arielle has worked on several mixed methods studies of Jewish educational initiatives. She is currently working on a manuscript based on her dissertation, tentatively titled Raising Jewish Spirits: American Jews, Religious Emotion, and the Culture of American Spirituality. Her research interests include contemporary American Jewish life, social-emotional learning, adult education, Jewish families, and religious publishing.

Arielle holds a BA from Brown University in Religious Studies and an MS Ed from the University of Pennsylvania in Religious Education. 

Recent Publications:

Religion Dispatches, USC Annenberg, “Can the Spiritual Left Make the Change They Wish to See?” April 9, 2017: http://religiondispatches.org/author/arielle_levites/

The Hertog Study of Chabad on Campus, Mark I. Rosen, Steven M. Cohen, Arielle Levites, and Ezra Kopelowitz, September 2016: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=22580