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Dr. Adina Newberg


Adina Newberg, Ph.D., studied for her bachelor of arts at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and holds a doctorate in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a lecturer in the Oriental Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania and has served as an organizational consultant for religious and nonprofit organizations. Her current research interests focus on issues of contemporary religious organizations and spiritual journeys of those who participate in them.

Recently, Newberg has concentrated her research on adult learners as they engage in spiritual searching. She has researched second-career rabbinical students, an ongoing interest. Because she is very connected to Israel, its culture and society, she is particularly interested in the emergence of formal and informal houses of studies and prayer communities there-where participants combine exploration and deep connection to Jewish tradition and Jewish sources with social action and concern for social justice, at the same time maintaining their identity as nonobservant, pluralistic Israelis.