Marc J. Rosenstein - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Marc J. Rosenstein, Rabbi, Ph.D., MHL, MA

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Director Emeritus, Israel Rabbinical Program


Israel Rabbinical Program, Jerusalem
Administration Department: 
Rabbinical School
Academic Field: 
Jewish History; History
Research Interests: 
Israeli social and educational history

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Marc Rosenstein is the Director Emeritus of the Israel Rabbinical Program at HUC-JIR's Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem. Hegrew up in Highland Park, Illinois, and received a BA in biochemistry from Harvard College.  He was ordained by HUC-JIR in 1975 and received an MA in Jewish History from Hebrew University in Jerusalem in the same year; later, he earned a PhD from the Hebrew University as a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow.  He made aliyah with his wife Tami and three children, to Moshav Shorashim in the Galilee, in 1990.

After working as a pulpit rabbi in Port Washington, N.Y., and later as a principal – first at the Solomon Schechter Secondary School outside of Chicago and then at Akiba Hebrew Academy in Philadelphia – he became director of the Galilee Foundation for Value Education at Shorashim.  The foundation has carried out educational projects on behalf of Partnership 2000, the Mandel School for Educational and Social Leadership, the Melton Centre for Jewish Education, MAKOM Israel Engagement Network, the Union for Reform Judaism, the TALI schools network, and the ORT network of schools in Israel.  Among the Foundation's other projects are a Jewish-Arab youth circus, a Hebrew-Arabic web newspaper, and a variety of educational programs at Zippori and other historical sites in the Galilee. 

Rabbi Rosenstein wrote the original “Dilemmas of Jewish Life” curriculum for the Florence Melton Adult Minischool in 1993, and in recent years has been involved, with other members of the Foundation staff, in curriculum development and teaching in the Gandel Institute – the Israeli version of the Melton Minischool.

Rabbi Rosenstein retired from the directorship of the Galilee Foundation for Value Education in 2013.  He was named director of the Israel Rabbinical Program at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem in 2009.

Selected Publications and Edited Works

Galilee Diary, New York, URJ Press, 2010

”Binding and Teaching: a Meditation on the Right to Educate,” in S. Wygoda and I. Sorek, eds., Educational Eclectics: Essays in Memory of Shlomo Fox, Jerusalem, Mandel Foundation, 2009, pp. 149-158.

”Circus in a Frayed Tent,” in R. Kronish, ed,. Peace Education in Israel, Paulist Press – in press (fall 2014)

Current and Future Courses
Rabbinical Authority Historically Considered
Visions of the Jewish State
Public Lecture Topics
Myths, realities, and dreams: value conflicts in imagining - and teaching – Israel.
The challenge of being a democratic Jewish state
Non-Jews in the Jewish state: the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel – the dilemmas they face, the dilemmas they pose
Uses and abuses of the Holocaust
Teaching Israel in difficult times
What does it mean to be a Zionist today?
Religion, State, and Pluralism in Israel
Are we one? Dissent and division in the Jewish people throughout history
Though he tarry: the messiah and messianism as a force in Jewish history
The New Jew: Jewish identity in Israel
Joseph is us: recurring themes in Israel-Diaspora relations
Jeremiah: a prophet for our time?
Megilat Esther as a satire on Diaspora Jewish life
An educational midrash on Akedat Yitzchak
From generation to generation: parents vs. teachers in the Jewish tradition
State, community, and authority: the dilemma of Jewish law in our time
Partnership vs. patronage: How Israeli and Diaspora Jews see each other
With teachers: workshops on teaching Israel, teaching the Holocaust, Jewish identity in Israel, specific workshops on the calendar, Chanukah, Pesach, Purim, Tu Beshvat, Tisha Be’av, the Oral Law.
With teens or families: “fun” workshops on the oral law, on community
Simulation exercise on the debate over partition of Palestine
Simulation exercise on Israeli coalition negotiations