Sharon Faye Koren, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone: 
(212) 824-2280
Phone: 
fax: (212) 388-1720
Associate Professor of Medieval Jewish Culture; Dr. Norman Cohen Chair for an Emerging Jewish Scholar

HUC-JIR/New York

Program/School: 
Rabbinical Program, New York; Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, New York; Master of Arts in Jewish Education, Los Angeles
Academic Field: 
Philosophy/Theology
Research Interests: 
Jewish Mysticism; Kabbalah; Medieval Gender Studies; Intellectual History; Inter-relationship between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the Middle Ages.

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Dr. Sharon Koren is Associate Professor of Medieval Jewish Culture at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York and holds the Dr. Norman J. Cohen Chair for an Emerging Scholar.   Dr. Koren has been associated with the HUC-JIR faculty since 2001.  She received her Ph.D. (1999) and M.A. (1991) from Yale University and was the recipient of numerous prizes, fellowships, and grants.  Her book The Menstruant in Medieval Jewish Mysticism (Brandeis University Press) is in press, and she is currently researching for a book on the Matriarchs in the Zohar. Her articles have appeared in The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish History, Religion, and Culture, Encyclopedia Judaica, My People’s Prayer Book Volume 8: Kabbalat Shabbat, and Women and Water: Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law, as well as in academic journals, including Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies, AJS Review, and Lishmah: A Jewish Scholarship Quarterly.  Dr. Koren has presented at major academic conferences and has been an academic consultant for an NEH-funded television series relating to the subjects of mysticism and monotheism.

 

Current and Future Courses
Medieval Jewish Philosophy
Medieval Biblical Exegesis
Survey of Jewish History Part One: from the Muslim Conquest to Emancipation
Readings in the Zohar
Advanced Parshanut
Readings in the Zohar
Jewish Mysticism Part One: From Ezekiel to the Zohar
Jewish Mysticism Part Two: From the Spanish Expulsion to Modern Jewish Mysticism
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Hasidism