Dr. Betsy Dolgin Katz

Betsy teaches and mentors in a variety of adult Jewish education settings.  She is presently teaching adult education classes at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Illinois.  In 2009, Betsy was awarded an Avi Chai Fellowship to write a book based on her experiences in Jewish education.  The result is ReInventing Adult Jewish Learning published Ktav and Rossel Books in 2012.  She co-authored the Adult Jewish Education Handbook (Behrman House/ARE:2004) and has written numerous other articles and books. She began her career as a teacher and assistant to the principal at Beth El where she is now teaching. She worked prior to that as Director of Services to Reform Congregations and Director of Family Education at the Board of Jewish Education and as a founder of the Kohl Jewish Teacher Center. 

Betsy was the founding North American Director of the Melton School for Adult Jewish Learning (Formerly The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School) for 23 years. With the Melton Center at the Hebrew University and an outstanding North American staff, she nurtured the growth of the school from three pilot sites in New York and Chicago to over sixty schools in North America, Europe, and Australia.  She considers the experience a privilege and a blessing!