Bill Robinson

Dr. Bill Robinson is dean of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary. He draws on a distinguished and dynamic career in Jewish education, and aims to contribute to the continual building of The Davidson School as a vital center for Jewish education.

During his seven-year tenure as chief strategy officer at the Jewish Education Project, Dr. Robinson, together with CEO Bob Sherman and a stellar leadership team he helped to build, was integral to the transformation of the 100-year-old organization (formerly known as the Board of Jewish Education) into its current, vibrant form. He and the team designed a new model for central agencies of Jewish education to spark and spread innovations in Jewish learning. In recognition of this, in 2011, the Jewish Education Project became the first legacy organization to be named to the Slingshot list of top 50 innovative Jewish nonprofits in North America.

Dr. Robinson's experience in cutting-edge strategy for Jewish education also includes past roles as director of education and research at the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life in New York City, where he led the creation of its Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative and worked toward the development of interdenominational Jewish values and ideas geared toward young adults; director of Jewish education at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he oversaw a K-12 school with 300 students, family programming, and adult education; managing director of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he managed the administration of Yale Hillel and Young Israel House Kosher Kitchen; planning associate (pro bono) at the Atlanta Jewish Federation in Atlanta, Georgia, where he ran the planning and allocations committee and staffed the Atlanta Rabbinical Council; and staff researcher at the Council for Initiatives in Jewish Education in Atlanta, where he performed research and evaluation for one of the first philanthropically funded national initiatives for change in Jewish education.

Dr. Robinson received an interdisciplinary PhD in Social Theory from Rutgers University. He is the proud father of Jessica Shaye Robinson.

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Title: Dean
Department: Davidson
Building/Room: Brush 520
Phone: 678-8030