Dr. Arielle Levites, Managing Director

Dr. Arielle Levites began serving as CASJE’s Managing Director in June 2019. Prior to that, Dr. Levites served as the Golda Och Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Dr. Levites’ research focuses on contemporary American Jewish education. Her manuscript, Raising Jewish Spirits: American Jews, Religious Emotion, and American Spirituality, based on an ethnographic study of contemporary American Jewish spiritual practitioners, is under advance contract with Rutgers University Press. Additionally, she has conducted a number of applied studies on behalf of American Jewish educational enterprises, with a focus on young adults and teens. Her work has been recognized with awards from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Network for Research in Jewish Education.

Dr. Levites has served as a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, a visiting assistant professor at Hebrew College in the Shoolman Graduate School, and an affiliated scholar at Brandeis University’s Mandel Center. She holds a BA from Brown University in Religious Studies, a MSEd in Religious Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from NYU in Education and Jewish Studies. She is an aluma of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, as a Davidson Scholar.