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Director of Campus Initiatives

Danielle Kranjec is formerly the Director of Campus Initiatives for Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she was a member of Cohort II of the Created Equal Educators Fellowship. Previously Danielle served for 8 years as the Senior Jewish Educator at the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh.

Danielle holds an MA in Medieval Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she also completed her doctoral coursework. A medievalist by training, Kranjec received her BA from Oberlin College, was a Graduate Research Fellow at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and also completed studies at the Universidad Castilla-La Mancha and the Universidad de Cordoba in Spain, as well as at NYU, The CUNY Graduate Center, and Columbia University.

A nationally-recognized relational educator, Danielle served as the Senior Jewish Educator at the Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh for eight years. Danielle was named a Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence by Hillel International in 2020, the highest honor awarded to Hillel employees. Inspired by her work to elevate the voices of Jewish women and others marginalized by the tradition, her colleagues at Hillel International coined the eponymous Kranjec Test to determine whether the sources from which we teach are inclusive. 

Danielle Kranjec


Feb 22, 2021

During her 8 years at Hillel JUC, Kranjec introduced hundreds of students to formal Jewish life and a corpus of Jewish teachings.

Sep 30, 2020

Danielle Kranjec, Andrea Hoffman, Lauren Cohen Fisher, Rabbi Ben Berger, Leah Kahn, Charlie Schwartz

Named for educator Danielle Kranjec, the test is an invitation to re-imagine whose wisdom we teach.

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