Nachliel Selavan, Educator, M.Ed.

Photo credit: Jeff Zorabedian. From photo shoot for Mishpacha Magazine issue #738

Nachliel Selavan, 35, originally from Jerusalem’s Old City, is in his seventh year of teaching in the United States, developing his unique and engaging method of learning Torah through tour, travel and archaeology.

During his undergraduate degree studies in Tanach and Mass-Communications at Lifshitz Teachers College, Nachliel hosted a local weekly radio show on 101.6 FM. Nachliel has engaged and taught thousands of students in both formal and non-formal settings (including Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art), as well as organizing and coordinating large and small scale events, community programs and group visits in Brazil, Spain and Portugal.

Formally, Nachliel has taught Tanach, Jewish History and Communications in several Jerusalem schools such as Rappaport Boys School, Dugma-Uziel, and Meled High School.

Nachliel worked as an elementary and middle school teacher at Barkai Yeshivah in Brooklyn, NY, for the 2014 school year, partaking in the JNTP teacher training program. He served as Middle School Head of Judaic Studies in Netivot, the Montessori Yeshiva in East Brunswick, NJ, for the 2015-16 school years. In the summer of 2015 as Chinuch Director he ran the Torah learning and activities of Vacation Village Day Camp, while in Summer 2016 he participated in several biblical period excavations in Israel, translating the experience and learning into educational presentations with the support and participation of the site archaeologists. In the year 2017, Nachliel was head Middle School teacher in Nefesh Yehudi Academy in East Brunswick, NJ.

Nachliel is now in his third year as a Jewish History teacher in Joe and Celia Esses Magen David Yeshivah High School, and has completed two years of teaching in Allegra Franco School of Educational Leadership, both in Flatbush, NY. He has completed his first MA through the Melton Blended Masters in Jewish Education, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is studying for his second MA in Ancient Jewish History at Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshiva University, in 2018-2020. Nachliel intends to continue his studies towards Ph.D a in the near future.

Nachliel created and delivered an integrated learning and museum tour program for both school and adult educational settings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has hosted similar pilot visits to museums in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Washington, Toronto, London and Jerusalem. He also teaches and engages audiences through social media.

The Five Towns Jewish Home, April 4, 2019