Message from the Acting Dean

At the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, we are committed to Jewish learning that inspires the mind, engages the heart, and moves the spirit. Here, learning and meaning-making go hand-in-hand. It is this sort of learning we aim to provide our students, who will, in turn, make this a centerpiece of their own educational practice.

The William Davidson School’s program is flexible and provides multiple paths to engaging with Jewish text and tradition. Students learn to connect their academic passions—Israel studies, the arts, sacred texts, literature, ritual, Jewish history—with powerful pedagogic and leadership approaches. The program’s experiential components, including field placements, mentoring, and co-curricular activities, are essential to students’ growth as professionals and as Jewish learners themselves.

William Davidson School graduates are part of an expansive network of talented Jewish educators. Our alumni teach in and lead synagogue programs, entrepreneurial nonprofits, day schools, summer camps, JCCs, early childhood centers, and more. Our graduates gain more than a set of skills; they have developed a sense of who they are as professionals and as members of a community of professionals.

I welcome you to learn more about our wonderful learning community.

Dr. Jeffrey Kress
Acting Dean
The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education