Ariela Pelaia

Religion Writer and Educator


M.A. in Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

M.A. in Jewish Studies, Columbia University

B.A. in Psychology and Religion, Wellesley College


  • Over 20 years of experience in religious studies and education
  • In 2006, Ariela received the prestigious Wexner Graduate Fellowship to study at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America


A professional religious educator, Ariela has taught children, teens, and adult students for more than a decade. In addition to writing for Learn Religions, Ariela has contributed to publications such as Kveller and The Jew & the Carrot. She currently works as a web designer and digital marketing consultant. 


Ariela holds an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Psychology and Religion from Wellesley College.

Learn Religions and Dotdash

Our mission at Learn Religions is to help you explore the practices of your own faith, understand your neighbor’s beliefs, and familiarize yourself with the world’s major religions — regardless of your own spiritual background.

Learn Religions is part of the Dotdash family.

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