Tali E. Hyman

 Tali E. Hyman

Address3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Assistant Professor of Education, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

Ph.D., NYU,
Ordained,, HUC-JIR,
B.A., UBC,

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Rabbi Dr. Tali E. Hyman completed her undergraduate work in Sociology at the University of British Columbia (Dean’s List, 1995) before attending HUC-JIR Los Angeles. Dr. Hyman received an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles (2000), and was ordained as a rabbi at HUC-JIR, Los Angeles (2002). She earned her doctorate at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (2008), as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She received the 2006 Young Scholar’s Award, from the Network for Research in Jewish Education and was granted a Writing Dissertation Fellowship for the 2006-2007 year from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.

Her dissertation, titled “The Liberal Jewish Day School as Laboratory for Dissonance in American Jewish Identity-Formation,” examines various cultural strategies by which individual and communities navigate processes of forming multiple and competing identities simultaneously. Rather than treating identity as an object that can be contained neatly, her research seeks to examine and normalize identity as an activity that is in constant motion, and fraught with tensions that can be productive, if acknowledged and understood.

Dr. Hyman’s thinking about her research has been greatly enhanced by opportunities to share and exchange ideas with broader scholarly communities. In March 2004, she delivered a paper entitled “Beyond Notions of Going Native: Jews Who Study Jews” at the Ways of Knowing in Educational Research conference, at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY. In December 2004, she was invited to write an article for the publication “Sh’ma.” She wrote “At Home with Many Identities,” for this identity themed issue. The following year, she was invited to be on a spotlight session panel entitled “Studying Jewish Identity: Emerging Trends and Challenges,” at the June 2005 Network for Research in Jewish Education Conference at Brandeis University, Ma. She co-authored Jewish Identities in Action: An Exploration of Models, Metaphors, and Methods (forthcoming 2008, Journal of Jewish Education) with scholars of contemporary American Jewish identity Stuart Charme, Bethamie Horowitz and Jeffrey Kress, which offers new theoretical and methodological approaches to researching Jewish identity. She also served a two-year term as the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Jewish Education, 2004-2006.

Dr. Hyman has been involved in educational leadership positions including elementary aged, teen and adult settings for over 10 years, ranging from rabbinical pulpits to classrooms to camps. On the faculty of the RHSOE, she teaches Social Foundations , an Introduction to Jewish Education course to third year rabbinical students, and co-teaches Staff Development and Curriculum with school director Dr. Michael Zeldin. She also serves as the Director of Jewish Programming for DeLeT (Day School Leadership through Teaching), an innovative graduate level program designed to recruit, prepare, retain and professionalize teachers for Jewish Day School education. She coordinates state credential courses, integrating classes such as Health, and Physical Education, with Jewish content, and teaches Liturgy or Lethagy: Which Did We Learn, Which Do We Teach, and Day School and Society. She also teaches a Survey in Biblical and Rabbinic Sources to Communal Service students.

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