Adjunct Professor of Hebrew Literature and Education
Division: Adult Jewish Learning, Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies
Program: Gratz Scholars Program
Dr. Uzi Adini was born and educated in Israel. He earned a Teacher’s Diploma at Lifschitz Teacher’s College, and a B.A, Secondary Teachers’ Certificate and M.A. degrees at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, majoring in Bible, Hebrew Literature, and Education. He earned an Ed.D. degree at Dropsie College in Philadelphia, PA, where his doctoral dissertation dealt with transmitting Jewish values through the study of Hebrew Literature to high school students.
Following a long career in educational administration, occasionally combined with college teaching, Dr. Adini returned in 2004 to a full-time position as Professor of Education and Literature at Gratz College. He retired in August 2007 but continues to teach as an Adjunct Professor of Hebrew Literature and Education.
Dr. Adini’s latest administrative and supervision position has been in the role of Vice President of Gratz College. As the chief administrative officer, he was responsible for all administrative duties related to efficient and effective institutional operation. He also consulted to remote Jewish communities on educational administration.
Prior to that role, he served as the Director of the Jewish Community High School of Gratz College for 23 years. During this tenure, theenrollment in the school increased from initially 350 students in two locations in one state, to over 1,000 students in 15 locations in four states, constituting the largest supplementary Jewish high school in North America. To respond to the unique administrative needs of a school of this kind, he also created two software applications – "School Aide", and a FileMaker Pro application -- fully integrated and most sophisticated school management software, really fulfilling all administrative wishes of an academic institution.
Prior to his JCHS directorship, Dr. Adini served as the Head Consultant for Secondary Jewish Education in the Division of Community Services of Gratz College. His responsibilities included instructional supervision of secondary schools in the Greater Philadelphia area, writing curriculum, leading faculty workshops and staff development programs, and organizing conferences.He also had a stint as the Educational Directorof Camp Ramah in the Poconos for one year. While he lived in Israel, while on the staff of Lifschitz State College, Dr. Adini supervised several statewide Student-Teaching programs.
Dr. Adini’s academic experience at Gratz College, Philadelphia, PA, stretches almost over four decades, starting as a part-time Instructor in the College and being promoted from rank to rank up to tenured Professor of Education and Literature. Following his appointment to the full-time position of Director of Secondary Education, he continued his teaching in the College, on part-time basis all throughout his tenure as an administrator, his subjects being Educational Administration and Evaluation, as well as Methods of Teaching of Literature, and Methods of Teaching Bible. Following his promotion to Vice President and Chief of Operation, he continued to periodically offer graduate courses in Literature and in Educational Management. He chaired academic committees such as the Education Dept, Equivalence, and the Senate (wrote the institution's "Code of Practice"). In 2004 he returned to full-time teaching as Professor of Education and Literature.
Dr. Adini also had taught Hebrew Language and Literature at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College as well as at Temple University, Philadelphia. PA. While in Israel, he taught at both Lifschitz and Talpiot State Teachers' Colleges inIsrael, also supervising statewide Student-Teaching programs.
Dr. Adini’s community and professional involvement include membership in Philadelphia Jewish Federation’s Committees on teens, family education, and Israel. Also on the Editorial Board of "Sheviley HaHinuch"; a keynote speaker in teachers' conferences in Philadelphia PA, Bucks County PA, Atlantic city NJ, Union NJ, Cherry hill NJ, Atlanta GA, New York NY, Binghamton NY, Syracuse NY, Wilmington DE, Louisville KY; He served as the Chairman of Education Committee of Solomon Schechter Day School.; he evaluated Jewish educational institutions in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida; Also on the Executive Committee of American association of Professors of Hebrew; and on the National committee for the Teaching of Israel – Dept of Education and Culture, the Jewish Agency.