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Yael Itzhaki, PhD

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn SP2

Community social work

Religious communities

Youth at risk

High school dropout

Social entrepreneurship

Volunteer activity

Yael Itzhaki is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, where she studies the communal aspects of synagogues. She holds a PhD and MSW in community social work from Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where she focused on the adjustment of high school dropouts from the Ultraorthodox community. In the course of her studies, she developed the term societal conditional regard (SCR), a novel idea in understanding community processes which was defined and elaborated upon in a recently published paper of hers and her colleagues. Yael is the coordinator of community and organizational development supplementary study program in Bar-Ilan University’s complementary program; she is an external teacher at Bar-Ilan in the field of community social work, and is also the coordinator of community fieldwork.

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