Dr. Rachel Lerner

Rachel Lerner

Dr. Rachel Lerner

Dean of the Graduate Center for Jewish Education


Phone: 310-440-1214


Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Ed.D., 2015

Dissertation: Newcomers, the Vision, and Enrollment: How Newcomer Teachers are Socialized to the Vision of their Day School, a study of newcomer teachers at two Jewish day schools and how they learn about the vision of their school and negotiate it with the values which they bring with them.

Barnard College, BA in History, 2003

Jewish Theological Seminary of America, BA in Jewish Philosophy, 2003


Dr. Rachel Lerner is Assistant Dean of the Graduate Center for Jewish Education at AJU, where she administers the MAEd and MAT programs, oversees student fieldwork, and works on program assessment and curriculum development. She manages the Etzah field initiative which provides support to innovative part-time Jewish educational institutions and professionals. 

Dr. Lerner earned her Ed.D. degree from JTS as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, where she studied how vision-guided education is implemented through the socialization of new teachers. Rachel has taught Masters-level education students at both the American Jewish University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, supervised student teachers in day schools and part-time Jewish schools, and held leadership positions in Jewish overnight camp. She has worked as an administrator and teacher in Jewish day schools—at both the elementary and high school levels.

Rachel and her husband, Aaron, live in Los Angeles with their three daughters: Lily, Gavriella, and Ziva.