Rabbi Talia Avnon-Benveniste is director of the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies (ISJPS) at Beit Hatfutsot-The Museum of the Jewish People. Managing a full staff of professionals, she works to instill Jewish peoplehood consciousness among Jews worldwide that fosters involvement with and a commitment to the Jewish people. She oversees an array of interactive, informal, supplementary, international, multi-lingual and multi-cultural programs and initiatives that serve as an international platform for defining and advancing Jewish peoplehood via museum education and educational professional development.
Previously, Talia was the director of the education department at The Daniel Center for Progressive Judaism in Tel Aviv-Jaffa where she worked closely with senior management at the Tel Aviv municipality, Ministry of Education, Jewish Agency and with other key leaders to establish official national policy for Jewish curricula in Israeli secular schools.
Talia is a keynote speaker at numerous Israeli and international educational gatherings and is active in fundraising in Israel and abroad. She lectures at many religious institutes, and is a recognized pedagogic instructor on Jewish Peoplehood content and programs. She completed a masters with honors from The Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, is an ordained rabbi from Hebrew Union College where she received an Award for Excellence in liturgy and spiritual creations, and is a recipient of The Moshe Zemer Award for the writing of a Halachic Responsa. She frequently leads religious services and Jewish ritual ceremonies.