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Betsy Katz Ed.D.


Dr. Betsy Dolgin Katz teaches and lectures in a variety of community settings. She has presented at synagogues and organizations, and teaches classes for the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School. She leads seminars and consults in areas such as teacher development, adult education, synagogue transformation, and educational planning. Recent assignments include Union for Reform Judaism, Jewish United Fund of Chicago and the Jewish Community Center Association. In addition to her teaching at Gratz College, she is on the adjunct faculty of Spertus Institute where she teaches a course on working with adults. In 2009, Betsy was awarded an Avi Chai Fellowship that led to her writing a book based on her experiences in Jewish education.  Reinventing Adult Jewish Learning published by Ktav and Rossel Books is available as of April 2012 on Ktav and Amazon websites. She has written numerous other articles, blogs, and books and wrote a newspaper column for Jewish parents.

Betsy was the North American Director of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School for twenty-three years and prior to that worked for the Chicago Board of Jewish Education, the Community Foundation for Jewish Education and the Kohl Jewish Teacher Center. She is a member of the boards of the Covenant Foundation, the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School and past-chairperson of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education and the Alliance for Adult Jewish Learning. Betsy lives in Highland Park, Il with her husband Michael. She has two married children and five grandchildren. She is a member of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El.