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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.; Samuel Greengus, Ph.D. (Emer); David Ilan, Ph.D.; Jason Kalman, Ph.D.; Stephen A. Kaufman, Ph.D. (Emer); Yossi Leshem, Ph.D. (Emer); Adriane Leveen, Ph.D.; Rabbi David S. Sperling, Ph.D. (Emer); 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. (Emer)

History: Rabbi Carole Balin (Emer)Rabbi Martin A. Cohen, Ph.D.; Sharon Gillerman, Ph.D.; Jennifer Grayson, Ph.D.Joshua Holo, Ph.D.; Adam Kamesar, D.Phil.; Jeremy Leigh, M.A.; Rabbi David Levine, Ph.D.; Michael A. Meyer, Ph.D. (Emer); Rabbi Joseph Skloot, Ph.D.Rabbi Gary P. Zola, Ph.D.

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

Jewish Education: Isa Aron (Emer)Rabbi 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 Avnon-BenvenisteSivan Zakai, Ph.D.; Michael Zeldin, Ph.D.

Language and Literature: Sarah Bunin Benor, Ph.D.; Rabbi William Cutter, Ph.D. (Emer); Sima Oster Haruv, M.A.; Zohara Pardes-Feinstein, Ph.D.; Stanley Nash (Emer); Debi Revital; Sharon Bar-Shaul; Tammy Khayat-ShapiraRivka Rosner; Yaffa Weisman, Ph.D.; Wendy Zierler, Ph.D.

Philosophy/Theology: Rabbi Rachel Adler, Ph.D.; Rabbi Yehoyada Amir, Ph.D.; Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D. (Emer), Leah Hochman, Ph.D.; Rabbi Barry S. Kogan, Ph.D. (Emer); Sharon Koren, Ph.D.; Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D.; Rabbi Haim Rechnitzer, Ph.D.; Rabbi Joseph Skloot, Ph.D.

Professional Development: Rabbi William Cutter, Ph.D. (Emer); Madelyn Katz, Ed.D.; Rabbi Jan Katzew, Ph.D.; Rabbi Naamah Kelman, MA; Rabbi Julie Schwartz; Ruhama Weiss, Ph.D.; Rabbi Nancy Wiener, D.Min.

Rabbinics and Liturgy: Rabbi Lewis M. Barth, Ph.D. (Emer); Abraham (AJ) Berkovitz, Ph.D.;  Rabbi Michael Chernick (Emer), Ph.D.; Rabbi Norman J. Cohen, Ph.D. (Emer); Rabbi Tamar Duvdevani, Ph.D; Rabbi Shlomo Fox; Rabbi Edward A. Goldman, Ph.D. (Emer); Alyssa Gray, Ph.D.; Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D. (Emer); 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. (Emer); Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D.; Rabbi Joshua Garroway, Ph.D.

Sacred Music: Merri Lovinger Arian; Cantor Richard Cohn; Gordon Dale, Ph.D.Cantor Tamar Havilio; Joyce RosenzweigCantor 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