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Our world-class faculty are transforming contemporary understanding of Jewish text, pedagogy, and community building.  Our students enjoy nurturing mentored relationships, an extraordinarily low faculty-to-student ratio, and daily guidance and support from some of Judaism’s best minds. Leading scholars-practitioners provide professional development training that prepares students for the real-life challenges awaiting them. Our faculty teach, write, and innovate in:

Bible and Cognate Studies: Rabbi David Aaron, Ph.DTamara Cohn Eskenazi, Ph.D.; Nili Fox, Ph.D., Kristine Garroway; Ph.D.; David Gilner, Ph.D.; Samuel Greengus, Ph.D.; David Ilan, Ph.D.; Rabbi Isaac Jerusalmi, Ph.D.; Jason Kalman, Ph.D.; Stephen A. Kaufman, Ph.D.; Yossi Leshem, Ph.D.; Adriane Leveen, Ph.D.; Rabbi David S. Sperling, Ph.D.; Yifat Teherani, Ph.D.; Christine Thomas, Ph.D.; Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Ph.D.

Contemporary Jewish Studies: Sarah Bunin Benor, Ph.D.; Bruce A. Phillips, Ph.D.; Steven F. Windmueller, Ph.D.

History: Rabbi Martin A. Cohen, Ph.D.; Sharon Gillerman, Ph.D.; Rabbi Uri Herscher, DHL; Joshua Holo, Ph.D.; Adam Kamesar, D.Phil.; Jeremy Leigh, M.A.; Rabbi David Levine, Ph.D.; Michael A. Meyer, Ph.D.; Rabbi Gary P. Zola, Ph.D.

Israel Studies: Lisa Grant, Ph.D.; Jeremy Leigh, M.A.; David Mendelsson, Ph.D.; Sivan Zakai, Ph.D.; Wendy Zierler, Ph.D. 

Jewish Education: Lisa Grant, Ph.D.; Rabbi Samuel Joseph, Ph.D.; Rabbi Jan Katzew, Ph.D.; Lesley Litman, Ed.D.Michal Muszkat-Barkan, Ph.D.; Evie Rotstein, Ed.D.; Miriam Heller Stern, Ph.D.; Rabbi Talia-Benveniste; Sivan Zakai, Ph.D.; Michael Zeldin, Ph.D.

Language and Literature: Sarah Bunin Benor, Ph.D.; Rabbi William Cutter, Ph.D.; Sima Oster Haruv, M.A.; Zohara Pardes-Feinstein, Ph.D.; Bar-Shaul Sharon; Debi Revital; Chayat Shapira Tamar; Rivka Rosner; Yaffa Weisman, Ph.D.; Wendy Zierler, Ph.D.

Philosophy/Theology: Rabbi Rachel Adler, Ph.D.; Rabbi Yehoyada Amir, Ph.D.; Leah Hochman, Ph.D.; Rabbi Barry S. Kogan, Ph.D.; Sharon Koren, Ph.D.; Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D.; Rabbi Haim Rechnitzer, Ph.D.

Professional Development: Rabbi Renni Altman; Rabbi William Cutter, Ph.D.; Rabbi Kenneth Kanter; Madelyn Katz, Ed.D.; Rabbi Jan Katzew, Ph.D.; Rabbi Naamah Kelman, MA; Rabbi Richard Levy; Rabbi Julie Schwartz; Ruhama Weiss, Ph.D.; Rabbi Nancy Wiener, D.Min.

Rabbinics and Liturgy: Rabbi Lewis M. Barth, Ph.D.; Rabbi Michael Chernick, Ph.D.; Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D.; Rabbi Norman J. Cohen, Ph.D.; Rabbi Tamar Duvdevani, Ph.D; Rabbi Shlomo Fox; Rabbi Edward A. Goldman, Ph.D.; Alyssa Gray, Ph.D.; Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D.; Jason Kalman, Ph.D.; Rabbi David Levine, Ph.D.; Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D.; Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., z"l; Zohara Pardes-Feinstein, Ph.D.; Rabbi Richard S. Sarason, Ph.D.; Rabbi Mark Washofsky, Ph.D.; Rabbi Dvora E. Weisberg, Ph.D.; Ruhama Weiss, Ph.D.

Religions: Rabbi Michael J. Cook, Ph.D.; Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D.; Rabbi Joshua Garroway, Ph.D.

Sacred Music: Cantor Richard CohnCantor Tamar Havilio; Cantor Benjie E. Schiller; Cantor Eliyahu Schleifer, Ph.D.; Cantor Yvon F. Shore


Within these academic fields, faculty specialize in a broad range of research areas, including:

  • American Jewish history
  • Ancient Near Eastern languages
  • Archaeology
  • Bible and Near Eastern literature
  • Cantorial arts
  • Codes and Responsa literature
  • Contemporary American Jewish studies
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Feminist studies
  • Hebrew literature
  • Homiletics
  • Intertestamental and Christian literature
  • Jewish education
  • Jewish religious thought
  • Jewish social policy
  • Judeo-Hellenistic studies
  • Liturgy, midrash, and ritual
  • Medieval Jewish studies
  • Midrash
  • Modern Jewish history
  • Nonprofit management
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Philosophy
  • Rabbinics
  • Talmud and Halakhic literatures