Contact

rahelw@brandeis.edu

Research Areas

Developmental Evaluation; Anthropology; Food Studies; Religion 

Education

Ph.D., Hebrew University

B.A., Hebrew University

Links

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

LinkedIn Profile

Communities Engaging Difference and Religion

Rahel Wasserfall

Rahel Wasserfall

Rahel Wasserfall

Rahel Wasserfall is the Director of Evaluation and Training at CEDAR and Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University (WSRC). She has broad experiences in the evaluation of educational programs in complex multilingual and cross cultural settings. Her work in the world of evaluation focuses on the pragmatic approach to knowledge that continually queries: “knowledge for whom and for which purposes”. Previous assignments include: Director of Evaluation and Liaison to Schools of The Center for the Advancement of Hebrew Teaching and Learning Inc (HATC); Senior Research Associate with Education Matters, Inc and the Mandel Center for Jewish Education at Brandeis. At CEDAR, she has conducted the yearly evaluation and is part of the leadership team. In the past year, she has moved into training and leading new program developments and evaluations internationally. She is an anthropologist with a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who has wide experience in three different continents. She has published in the area of the anthropology of gender, pluralism and qualitative methods. She is the editor of Women and Water: Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law (UPNE, 1999). She is currently working on a book: Eating Together with Difference based on her 10 years of evaluating the CEDAR network. She is also a committed yoga practitioner and teacher, having completed teacher training in the Iyengar tradition.

Current Projects

My work in the world of evaluation focuses on a pragmatic approach to knowledge that will continually query knowledge for whom and for which purposes. I am writing on my nine years experience evaluating an international program driven by the idea that finding commonalities between religious people, as interfaith dialogue does, will not lead us to accept “the other” and make a space for his/her positions.

Representative Publications

Wasserfall, Rahel, editor. Women and Water: Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1999.

Wasserfall, Rahel. “Eating Together: the Hidden Story of the ISSRPl.” In Practical Matters, May 2012.