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Dr. Leora Isaacs

Leora W. Isaacs, Ph.D. began her tenure at JESNA in 1986. During that time she has served as Founding Director of both the Berman Center for Research and Evaluation in Jewish Education and the Learnings and Consultation Center (LCC), holding the latter post since 2007. Prior to her work at JESNA, Leora was Research Specialist for the Jewish Communal Affairs Department and William Petschek National Jewish Family Center of the American Jewish Committee. She has taught for over 35 years at all levels in Jewish formal and informal education programs, from early childhood through college, and in family education. Dr. Isaacs has held several academic appointments including Assistant Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Psychology at the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ; Visiting Assistant Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; and Visiting Lecturer in Education and Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a faculty member and co-director of her congregation’s Hebrew high school in Bridgewater, NJ. Leora brings special expertise in the fields of Jewish identity development and Jewish family education. Dr. Isaacs earned her Ph.D. in Educational and Developmental Psychology at the City University of New York Graduate Center and her BA in Psychology at the University of Michigan, summa cum laude.