Profile

Tamar Ghidalia is a musician and educator committed to helping communities achieve their potential and be the best they can be. 

Tamar Ghidalia (she/her) is a Jew of Color of Sephardic (Spanish) heritage who was born in Tunisia, fled with her family to France, and subsequently immigrated to Israel and then to the U.S. She has a B.A. in Education and Hebrew Literature from Paris Sorbonne University and a B.A. in Music from the Conservatoire de Paris. Tamar is an educator and professional musician with 30+ years of experience in leadership, mentoring, program building, curriculum development and program management. Most recently, she worked for six years as the Executive Director of Urban Arts Academy, a non-profit serving students and families through art-infused education. 

 

Tamar is now an independent consultant whose passions include: promoting racial equity, diversity and inclusion; teaching Jewish texts and culture; using art-infused education to support the healthy development of diverse children and youth; and developing partnerships between organizations to collaborate for success.

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Tamar is an authentic visionary and, at the same time, an efficient 'doer' who works collaboratively with community partners to move projects forward.

-- Andrea Barcenas

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Tamar is an effective educator who lives out her commitment to social justice and equity. She has a gift for forming and sustaining meaningful relationships, which serve as a strong foundation for community change.

-- Michael Brink

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Tamar has a special way of combining her personal experience as a Jew of color, her professional approach, and her creative organizational skills to keep us all on track and moving forward.

-- Jim Rubenstein

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS

Tamar’s work and commitment has been recognized in the community in many ways. Below are a few examples:

  • In 2019, Tamar was selected as one of eight individuals from across the nation to participate in the URJ JewV’Nation Fellowship’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Leadership Cohort, which is a nine-month program dedicated to promoting and incorporating DEI principles in Reform Jewish congregations across North America. 

  • In 2018, she was honored by Shir Tikvah with the Radical Hospitality Award for her work with the Racial Justice Task Force. 

  • In 2014, Tamar was recognized by the Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA) with an Outstanding Achievement Award for many years of dedication and leadership.

  • In 2005, she received the Paul Wellstone Call to Action Award for her work in racial justice.