Dr. Janet Bordelon, Ph.D.
Janet Bordelon teaches Jewish history at Kehillah Jewish high school. She brings with her over 10 years of teaching experience at the secondary and undergraduate level. In 2014, Janet completed her PhD at NYU in 2014. Her research focused on church state issues in American history. Her dissertation traced the historical battle over school choice (public funds for private religious schools) within the American Jewish community. While at NYU, she served as a Jim Joseph and NYU law school Tikvah Center fellow and taught undergraduate courses pertaining to the history of American education, culture wars, and religion and educational policy.
Janet graduated magna cum laude from Colby College with a B.A. with honors in History and Government. She completed her M.A. in Judaic studies from the University of Michigan in Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism. For the next four years Janet taught and developed high school history courses at the secondary level that emphasized the importance of religion and the development of world-views in human history and remains dedicated to doing research that promotes religious tolerance and understanding.
Janet is especially passionate about teaching Jewish history. Before coming to Kehillah, she served as the historian and Director of the History Department of the Institute of Southern Jewish life helping individuals and Jewish communities to connect and appreciate their Jewish roots. She remains committed to encouraging and assisting students and families with exploring all areas of their Jewish heritage. Along with historical research, she also publishes research on current pedagogical attempts to address religion in classroom settings. She is an active member in the American Academy of Religion and Public schools International Perspectives Group, the Religion and Education Collaborative, the American Historical Association, the American Jewish historical society, the History of Education society, and the Southern Jewish historical society.