Benjamin M. Jacobs, of Washington, has been appointed advisory board co-chair of Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education, or CASJE. Jacobs is associate research professor of experiential Jewish education and Israel education at George Washington University and has been a member of the advisory board since 2016. CASJE’s mission is to improve the quality of evidence-based knowledge that guides Jewish education practice and policy.
Jacobs has spent most of his career preparing social studies teachers and Jewish educators for school and non-school settings, and consulting with Jewish education agencies on curriculum and teaching.
Jacobs earned his Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He previously served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota and at New York University, where he was co-founder and assistant director of the graduate programs in education and Jewish studies.
Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Jacobs taught history at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, in Rockville.