JTS Jewish Education Professor Named Chair of International Research Organization

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July 27, 2009, New York, NY

Dr. Jeffrey Kress, assistant professor of Jewish Education and senior research associate at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), was named chair of the Network for Research in Jewish Education (NRJE).

Dr. Jeffrey KressNRJE, which held its twenty-third annual conference last month in New York, is an international organization that encourages, supports, and stimulates serious research in Jewish education with the goal of creating a community of researchers in the field.

Dr. Kress coordinates The Davidson School's concentration in informal and communal education and teaches courses in developmental issues (both adolescent and child) in Jewish education. Currently, his work is focused on building Jewish values and identity by using principles of social and emotional learning to augment Jewish education.

Widely published in a variety of journals, Dr. Kress's most recent book, coauthored with Drs. Bernard Novick and Maurice Elias, is Building Learning Communities With Character: How to Integrate Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2002). He has conducted research in numerous areas, including how innovations take root in new settings and can be best maintained; adolescent identity, with a focus on religious and spiritual development; and the creation of lasting educational programs through program development and implementation. Dr. Kress received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University, and has provided training and consultation to a variety of public and private schools and parent groups throughout New Jersey on the topics of developing social and emotional skills in children and building caring classroom environments.

In addition to Dr. Kress, The Davidson School community has been involved with the NRJE in a multitude of ways, with Dr. Carol Ingall, Dr. Bernard Heller Professor of Jewish Education, having served as a past chair. JTS's entire faculty of Jewish Education attended this year's conference with several Davidson students and alumni serving as presenters.

Further information about The Davidson School is available by contacting Abby Eisenberg, director of admissions, at (212) 678-8032.