Doctoral Student Spotlights

Renee Rubin Ross

Doctoral Fellow, Education and Jewish Studies

Renee Rubin Ross joined the Ph.D. program in Education and Jewish Studies a year ago.  She is a fellowship recipient and holds a B.A. in History with honors from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.A. in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles.  She held the prestigious position of Chair of the National Association of Temple Educators' annual conference in 2003.

Renee most recently served as Family Educator at Temple Emmanuel in Beverly Hills.  She has worked within the Jewish community as a congregational educator, teacher, and song leader. Renee chose the doctoral program at NYU because of the opportunity to create a dialogue between general education and Jewish education, and to let each inform the other.  Her research interest is in the sociology of Jewish education, particularly focusing on change processes in Jewish day schools and congregational schools. 

Renee says she has acquired one of her guiding principles from scholar Michael Fullan who said "change is a journey not a blueprint."