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.
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
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
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
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.