Ofra Backenroth

Ofra Arieli Backenroth is the associate dean of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary and an adjunct assistant professor of Jewish Education.

Dr. Backenroth has taught Hebrew Literature and Modern Dance in numerous schools in New York City and in Israel. Her interests reflect an integration of the arts in Jewish education, Hebrew language, Hebrew and Israeli literature, and teaching Israel.

Dr. Backenroth earned an MFA in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a BA in Comparative Literature and an education diploma from Tel Aviv University. During 2006, she participated in the Summer Institute for Israel Studies at Brandeis University and in Israel.

Dr. Backenroth received an EdD in Jewish Education in 2004 from The Davidson School with her dissertation The Blossom School: A Portrait of an Arts‐Based Jewish Day School.

Prior to assuming her current position, Dr. Backenroth was an assistant professor of Jewish Studies at Gratz College in Philadelphia and a guest professor in the Revivim program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Published Works

"Putting the Arts into Jewish Education." Hayedion, The Ravsak Journal (Summer 2008)

"Art as Midrash." Kolot, Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judaism, ed. Rhonda K. Kahn (Winter 2007)

"What Do We Know About Art Education Research?" in What We Now Know About Jewish Education, ed. P. Flexner (2008)

"Bringing the Text to Life and Into Our Lives: Jewish Education and the Arts." O. Backenroth, S. D. Epstein, and H. Miller, Journal of Religious Education (Fall 2006)

Introduction to Open It Up! Integrating the Arts Into Jewish Education, ed. S. Brodsky (Springfield, NJ: A.R., 2006)

"Art Homework in Jewish Education." Gleaning 7 (2005)

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