Jeffrey Kress


 Jeffrey Kress

E-mailJEKRESS@jtsa.edu
Address3080 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
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Assistant Professor, Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Doctorate, Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University,
internship in Clinical/Community Psychology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Community Mental Health Center,

Jeffrey S. Kress is assistant professor of Jewish Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary and senior research associate of The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. Dr. Kress coordinates The Davidson School’s concentration in informal and communal education and teaches courses in developmental issues (both adolescent and child) in Jewish education. Currently, his work is focused on building Jewish values and identity by using principles of social and emotional learning to augment Jewish education.

Dr. Kress has published his work in a variety of journals, including Journal of Jewish Communal Service, Journal of Jewish Education, Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, Journal of Special Education, and Journal of Primary Prevention. His most recent book, coauthored with Drs. Bernard Novick and Maurice Elias, is Building Learning Communities With Character: How to Integrate Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2002). Dr. Kress has presented at a variety of academic conferences and has conducted workshops for teachers and principals in a number of Jewish educational settings. He has conducted research in the areas of program implementation, particularly how innovations take root in new settings and can be best maintained; adolescent identity, with a focus on religious and spiritual development; and the creation of lasting educational programs through program development and implementation. He is involved with a variety of research projects on topics such as classroom climate of Jewish schools, rabbinic identity, and (together with Dr. Marjorie Lehman of the Talmud and Rabbinics Department) analyzing talmudic dialogue using cognitive-developmental theories.

Dr. Kress received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University. He completed an internship in Clinical/Community Psychology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Community Mental Health Center and then worked there as a program development specialist for the Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving program. He has provided training and consultation to a variety of public and private schools and parent groups throughout New Jersey on the topics of building social and emotional skills in children and building caring classroom environments.

Areas of Interest

Areas of program implementation, particularly how innovations take root in new settings and can be best maintainedAdolescent Identity, with a focus on Religious development and Spiritual developmentThe creation of lasting Educational programs through program development



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