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American Jewish University names new interim dean of School for Jewish Education and Leadership

Bruce Powell will build upon the successes of Rachel Lerner, who served as dean for eight years. 

American Jewish University. Credit: aju.edu.
American Jewish University. Credit: aju.edu.

American Jewish University announces the appointment of Bruce Powell as interim dean of the School for Jewish Education and Leadership, effective July 1.

Bruce Powell. Credit: American Jewish University.

In this role, he will oversee the School for Jewish Education and Leadership, which offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees in Jewish education and Jewish early-childhood education, along with professional development programs for educators.

Powell holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Southern California and has won both the Milken Family Foundation Jewish Educator Award and the Covenant Award for his contributions to Jewish education.

He also has a long history with the university, where he currently serves as a distinguished lecturer in the School for Jewish Education and Leadership and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. He also previously served as director of Camp Alonim and the Brandeis Collegiate Institute.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Powell as interim dean,” said Dr. Jeffrey Herbst, president of American Jewish University.” As we search for a new Dean to lead this critical school, which has a profound impact on Jewish educators and communities throughout North America, we remain committed to providing our students with the highest quality of education and leadership development.”

Powell will build upon the successes of Rachel Lerner, who served as dean of the School for Jewish Education and Leadership for eight years.

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