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Ziva Reimer Hassenfeld

Ziva Reimer Hassenfeld


Ziva is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Jewish Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University. She came to the Mandel Center in 2016, after earning her doctorate from Stanford University in Education and Jewish Studies. Her dissertation is Transmission and Interpretive Facilitation: Teaching Hebrew Bible in Jewish Elementary Schools.

Her research focuses on the tools and reading strategies young children employ when reading Biblical texts as well as the pedagogies teachers use to support student textual interpretation. Part of her research has been published in the Journal of Jewish Education as “Reading Sacred Texts in the Classroom: The Alignment Between Students and Their Teacher's Interpretive Stances When Reading the Hebrew Bible,” and “Teaching Sacred Texts in the Classroom: The Pedagogy of Transmission and the Pedagogy of Interpretive Facilitation.” Ziva has also published alongside her advisor Ari Y. Kelman on notions of Jewish selfhood in today’s world. Ziva’s more popular work can be found in Jewish Educational Leadership, on ejewishphilanthropy, and on the Mandel Center’s blog.

In addition to her research, Ziva is a passionate educator. She has taught Tanakh in a variety of settings, including at Gann Academy, Genesis/BIMA at Brandeis, Silicon Valley Beit Midrash, Stanford Hillel, Congregation Beth Jacobs, and Congregation Emek Beracha. While a doctoral student, Ziva served as a teaching assistant for the Graduate School of Education’s Pro Seminar and an instructor for the Stanford Teacher Education Preparatory Program. She is a Wexner Fellow and Davidson Scholar, Class 25.