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Ravitsky Pilzer

Educational Director, Center for Israeli & Jewish Identity

Dr. Renana Ravitsky Pilzer is Educational Director of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Center for Israeli & Jewish Identity.

She works to define the program’s educational direction and the integration of the Institute’s philosophical-pluralistic approach in the program’s curricula and teaching.

Renana has studied and worked at the Institute for many years in different capacities. Among her positions, she served as the co-director of the Melamdim School for Teacher Training, and for the past several years as the head of the Beit Midrash at the Midrashiya Girls High School, leading an experiment to develop the school’s Orthodox feminist curriculum.

She continues to fill roles at the Midrashiya and as a Kogod Center research fellow.

Renana’s academic interest focuses on Jewish thought and Midrash. She received her doctorate in Midrash and Gender in the Bar Ilan University Gender Studies Program.

Renana is a graduate of and former teacher in the Elul Beit Midrash and is one of the founders and leaders of Kehilat Shira Hadasha in Jerusalem. She is married to Mennie and a mother of four.

Renana Ravitsky Pilzer


Feb 16, 2021

The Min HaBe’erot program trains Israeli Jewish and Arab educators to better understand their own tradition and that of the other.

Feb 11, 2021

Jul 1, 2020

Renana Ravitsky Pilzer explores between cosmocentrism, anthropocentrism, and a historical approach to the holiday liturgy

Oct 15, 2019

On this combined holiday, we are asked to swing back and forth; to express our love and rejoice in the Torah, and to display our direct connection through the festival prayers.

Jun 11, 2009

The third cohort of Melamdim graduates will be celebrating completion of their two-year program June 24, 2009, at Shalom Hartman Institute

Mar 9, 2009

Melamdim, the Hartman Institute’s innovative two-year, MA program for Jewish day school teachers in Israel and North America, is holding an open house, March 15. View complete details inside - information in Hebrew

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