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Directions to the Faculty Club: After entering the campus, turn left on the main campus road. Proceed through the stop sign and pass Spingold Theatre and the Rose Art Museum on your left. Park in H (Hassenfeld) lot, on your left just after the museum. The Faculty Club is across the street from the parking lot.  Hassenfeld Conference Center is in Sherman Hall, across the street and to the right, between Shapiro Residence Hall and the Faculty Club.

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Tenth LogoA Conversation About Jewish Education:
Where Have We Been and Where are We Going?

Tenth Anniversary Colloquium and Celebration

Sunday, October 14, 2012
1:30-8:00 p.m.

Faculty Club and Hassenfeld Conference Center
Brandeis University 

1:30 - 5:30 pm - Colloquium

Welcome and introduction

Jewish Education Since A Time to Act

Panel Participants:

A Time for New Action: What Makes a Difference, and What Difference Does it Make?

Panel Participants:

Moderator: Jon Levisohn, Mandel Center

Where are we Going, and How do we Get There?

Moderator: Lee Shulman, Stanford University

6:00 - 8:00 pm - Celebratory Dinner

Special greetings from Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence


  • Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education
  • Morton Mandel, Mandel Foundation

Dietary laws observed.  Program subject to additions or change.


Harlene Appelman is executive director of the Covenant Foundation. Previously, she was chief Jewish education officer at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. She has long experience as an educator and teacher trainer in many Jewish educational settings. Harlene is the author of A Seder for Tu B'Shevat and Jewish Experiences for Families: A Model for Family Programming and Community Building. She earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in Teaching in English and Education from the University of California, Berkeley and is a Covenant Foundation award recipient.

Stephen Hazan Arnoff has been the executive director of the 14th Street Y since 2007, where he has overseen the founding of LABA: The National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture. Previously, Stephen served as the director of Artists Networks and Programming at the Makor/Steinhardt Center of the 92nd Street Y (2002-05) and as the Managing Editor of Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture (2005-07). Stephen has been awarded the Rockower Jewish Press Award for Jewish Arts & Criticism and the New Voices Prize. He received his doctorate in Midrash and Scriptural Interpretation in 2011 from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Rabbi Marc Baker is head of school at Gann Academy--New Jewish High School of Greater Boston. He was previously director of Jewish and student life at the Weber School, a pluralistic Jewish high school in Atlanta, and assistant director of Camp Bauercrest, a Jewish overnight camp for boys in Amesbury, Massachusetts. He earned his bachelor's degree in religious studies from Yale University, studied at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and has a master's degree in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University.

Nina Bruder is director of the Jewish New Teacher Project at the New Teacher Center. She was previously executive director of Bikkurim: An Incubator for New Jewish Ideas, and of the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. A frequent writer and speaker on innovation in Jewish education, Nina holds degrees from Brandeis and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She is co-author of "From First Fruits to Abundant Harvest: Maximizing the Potential of Innovative Jewish Start-Ups."

Annette Hochstein served as president of the Mandel Foundation-Israel from 2002 to 2010, following twenty years as its director. She is a member of the founding group of Mandel endeavors in Israel, including the Mandel Leadership Institute. Prior to joining the Mandel Foundation, Annette was a planner at Jerusalem's municipal planning department (1975-1978), and the director of Project Renewal in the city's Musrara neighborhood. Annette was co-founder and director of Nativ, Policy and Planning Consultants (1980-1990). Annette holds an MA from the New School for Social Research in urban affairs and policy analysis. She was a Humphrey Fellow at MIT (1983-1984).

Stephen Hoffman is president of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. He previously served as chief executive officer of the United Jewish Communities and has held multiple professional roles with the Cleveland Federation. He is a graduate of Dickinson College and received his MSW from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Jewish studies from the Baltimore Hebrew University. He serves on the Visiting Committee of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University, is a board member of the Musical Arts Association (Cleveland Orchestra) and of the Greater Cleveland Roundtable, an organization devoted to promoting racial harmony in the city of Cleveland.

Aliza Kline recently joined the staff of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community as a senior program director. Aliza was founding executive director for Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and the Paula Brody & Family Education Center in Boston from 2001 until this past August. She recently returned from a 10-month sabbatical in Israel where she consulted to startup nonprofit leaders on issues of organizational capacity, leadership development and religious pluralism. In 2009, Aliza was awarded an Avi Chai Fellowship. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis and her Master's in Public Administration from New York University.

Alisa Rubin Kurshan currently serves as vice president for strategic planning of UJA-Federation of New York.  She has served as managing director of the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal of UJA-Federation of New York and prior to that, she was the director of the Jewish Continuity Commission from 1996-1999.  She received her Ph.D. in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1996. Alisa is the author of numerous articles on contemporary Jewish issues.

Sara Lee is adjunct professor emerita of Jewish Education and the former Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles. Her academic areas of specialty are curriculum, organizational and sociological phenomena, and education leadership as they relate to Jewish education. She was director (1980-2007) of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles. She is the editor of three books and the author of numerous articles on religious education. Sara has received many awards and honors, including the Pras HaNasi, the President's Award for Distinguished Leadership of Jewish Education in the Diaspora, awarded by the president of the State of Israel.

Rabbi Daniel Lehmann is president of Hebrew College in Newton, MA. He has rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University, where he also received an undergraduate degree majoring in philosophy. He has done graduate work in Jewish studies and education at both New York University and the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University, and was a research fellow in Jewish education at Brandeis. Prior to Hebrew College, he served as the founding headmaster of Gann Academy-The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston. His two decades as a Jewish educator have included roles as rabbi and upper-school principal at Beth Tfiloh Community Day School and Congregation in Pikesville, Md.

Larry Moses is the senior philanthropic advisor, and president emeritus of The Wexner FoundationHe was the Founding Director of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program since 1987, and later Foundation Vice President. He sits on numerous international, national, and regional boards, civic and Jewish. Before joining the professional staff of The Wexner Foundation, he served as the International Director of Hillel (1984-1987) in Washington, D.C. received a B.A. in philosophy from Indiana University, an M.A. in modern Jewish history from the Baltimore Hebrew University, and an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning.  

Robert Sherman currently serves as the CEO of The Jewish Education Project. Prior to assuming that position in July 2007, he was the executive director of the Bureau of Jewish Education of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.  He has also been Headmaster of the San Diego Jewish Academy and the Maimonides Academy, two community Jewish day schools.  He was awarded his MA from the Jewish Theological Seminary and his BA from the American College in Jerusalem. 

Lee Shulman is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education emeritus at Stanford University and president emeritus of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (1997-2008).  He was previously Professor of Educational Psychology and Medical Education, and he also served as the founding co-director of the Institute for Research on Teaching both at Michigan State University. Lee's research and writing focus on the study of teaching and teacher education, the importance of pedagogical content knowledge, and the quality of teaching in higher education. He is the recipient of many honors and awards in the field of education.