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Shulamith Reich Elster

Shulamith Reich Elster is the executive director of the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning. After a twenty-five year long association with the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, she became a chief education officer of the Council for Initiatives in Jewish Education. From 1993 to 1997 she directed the Master of Arts Program in Jewish Education at Baltimore Hebrew University and the Meyerhoff Fellows in Jewish Education.

She has taught at George Washington University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and was a consultant on projects of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education of Hebrew Union College.

Elster holds a B.A. in history from Washington Square College of New York University, a M.A. in the teaching of history from Teacher’s College of Columbia University and a Doctor of Education degree from the George Washington University. In 1998 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Pedagogy degree by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

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Hebrew Teachers Colleges in the United States

During the early waves of immigration to the United States, Sephardi and German Jews established full-time schools in large population centers. Rabbis, clergy and predominantly European-trained male teachers provided religious instruction in private-school settings, often sponsored by and housed in synagogues.

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