Tali Hyman, a doctoral student at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, has won two awards that will allow her to complete her dissertation that explores Jewish identity formation in a community Jewish high school.

Hyman received a $10,000 doctoral dissertation fellowship from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. The fellowship is part of a program designed to encourage scholarly research, publication, and teaching in the various disciplines of Jewish Studies. In addition, Hyman received the Network for Research in Jewish Education’s Young Scholar’s Award. The $2,000 grant is designed to cover expenses incurred during completion of the dissertation.

Hyman received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology in 1995 from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She spent her junior year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Hyman was ordained as a rabbi in 2002 at Hebrew Union College’s Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, where she currently resides.

In addition to finishing her dissertation in Steinhardt’s education and Jewish studies program, Hyman is the book editor of the Journal of Jewish Education.

EDITOR’S NOTE Established in 2001, the Ph.D. program in Education and Jewish Studies at NYU is the first of its kind to be offered at a major research university in the United States. The program prepares researchers and practitioners for leadership positions in a wide range of Jewish educational settings, such as schools, informal education programs, community organizations, curriculum agencies, foundations, and universities. Students benefit from the rich resources and course offerings of The Steinhardt School of Education and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Science.

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