Shira D. Epstein

Dr. Shira D. Epstein
Address3080 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Assistant Professor, Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Doct of Ed., Columbia University, 2003
M.A., Educational Theater from New York University, 1996
B.A., Brown University, 1994

Dr. Shira D. Epstein is an assistant professor in the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Among the courses she teaches are Skills for Teaching, Curriculum and Instruction, Perspectives on Gender and Education, and Early Childhood Education. Dr. Epstein coordinates the day school track, supervising student field work and teaching the year-long Practicum. She has extensive teaching, curriculum writing, and mentoring experience in varied Jewish educational settings.

Dr. Epstein’s research interests include “gender and Jewish education” and “drama as pedagogy.” She currently serves as Project Director at JTS for Addressing Evaded Issues in Jewish Education, which has received funding from Jewish Women’s Foundation of NY, Hadassah Foundation, and Dobkin Family Foundation. She authored a curriculum for Jewish Women International (JWI) titled “Strong Girls, Healthy Relationships: A Conversation on Dating, Friendship, and Self-Esteem” (2006). Dr. Epstein is the co-chair of UJA-Federation of New York’s Task Force on the Jewish Woman Steering Committee, and has served in the past as representative of Youth Programs on JWI’s National Leadership Council and on the Rosh Hodesh, It’s a Girl Thing! National Advisory Committee.

In April 2008, Dr. Epstein received the Voices of Valor award from Dayenu! Enough Silence, the domestic-violence initiative of the New York Board of Rabbis. Dr. Epstein serves as an educational and curriculum consultant for Storahtelling’s Storahlab Summer Training Institute and has performed in Storahtelling productions.

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