Jewish Education

Jewish Education 

For information, contact
Dr. Deena Rabinovich

Stern College for Women offers a major in Jewish education that prepares undergraduates for teaching Judaic studies in day schools in North America.

Mission Statement

Program Student Learning Goals: Graduates of the Jewish education major

  • Will learn how to create a climate of kedusha that reflects the importance of the study
  • Will learn to be a professional educator, one who reflects on her teaching practice and seeks to grow. Develop a professional demeanor
  • Will gain specific content knowledge in Bible, Jewish History, Prayer, Halakha and Oral Law. Beyond the basic requirements for Judaic studies required of all Stern students, Jewish Education Majors take an additional fifteen credits to add to their subject area knowledge. They will be able to apply their subject area knowledge in creating engaging lessons that address the diverse needs of their students
  • Will learn to plan and implement whole class and small group instruction using theories of curriculum as they specifically apply to Judaic studies.   Learns how to plan lessons and activities appropriate for the discipline with clear objectives and goals. Learns to incorporate technology in a way that enhances the learning. Learn how to create appropriate assessment
  • Will learn how to individualize the learning for each student, while working within the community of the classroom
  • Will apply their content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge to actual classroom experiences through fieldwork observations and student teaching. Seminars help students reflect on the experience and deepen their understanding.


The Katz Scholarship for Jewish Educators

The Mordecai D. and Monique C. Katz Scholarships for Jewish Educators provide substantial tuition support for students preparing for careers in Jewish education as part of the Legacy Heritage Jewish Educators Project at Stern College for Women.

Students major in Judaic studies with a Concentration in Jewish Education. Coursework includes classes in Judaic studies, methodology courses and student teaching. During the senior year, students take courses at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University and may be enrolled in an accelerated program toward earning an MS degree.

All scholarship recipients complete a major in Jewish studies, and will receive tuition support in the amount of $20,000 per year in the form of grants and forgivable loans, renewable for three years on campus in New York. Loans will be forgiven on a prorated basis, post-graduation, over the first two years in the field.

Katz Scholars will be chosen on a competitive basis. The selection committee will consider high school and post-high school Israel records, letters of recommendation and evidence of interest in and talent for a career in Jewish education.  After completing the regular application for admission to Yeshiva University, applicants should complete the  Mordecai D. and Monique C. Katz Scholarship for Jewish Educators Application.