David Kaufman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Contemporary American Jewish Studies
Dr. Kaufman is the Associate Professor of Contemporary American Jewish Studies on the Los Angeles campus since 2000 and a tenured member of the faculty since 2006. He has been a consultant for the restoration of synagogues in Boston, Hartford, Baltimore and Los Angeles, and is currently the head of a research project for Synagogue 3000 on the subject of sacred space, i.e., synagogue design and renovation. On an administrative level, Dr. Kaufman will be co-chairing the WASC accreditation process for the LA campus over the next few years. In addition to his many publications and presentations, and eclectic interests, Dr. Kaufman is currently working on a book about Jewish celebrities in the early 1960's, focusing on the rise to fame of Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan and Barbara Streisand.
Prior to joining the faculty of HUC-JIR, Dr. Kafuman served as an adjunct professor of American Jewish History at Hebrew College, Brown University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and City University of New York (Baruch, Queens and York Colleges).
Areas of Expertise
- Synagogues and Temples in Modern Judaism
- Ph.D., American Jewish History, Brandeis University (1994)
- M.A., The Jewish Theological Seminary of America (1986)
- "From Central Synagogue to the Synagogue-Center: A Chapter in the Evolution of American Judaism"
- "Mordecai Kaplan and the Synagogue-Center: A Reappraisal"
- "New Perspectives in the Study of the American Rabbinate"
- "Multiculturalism, Jews & the Canon," Response, Spring, 1991
- "Temples in the American Athens: A History of the Synagogues of Boston," in The Jews of Boston, Jonathan Sarna & Ellen S
mith, eds. (Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, 1995)
- "Jewish Education as a Civilization: A History of the Teacher's Institute," in Tradition Renewed: A History of the Jewish
Theological Seminary of America, ed. Jack Wertheimer (New York:Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1997)
- "Young Women's Hebrew Association," in The Encyclopedia of American Jewish Women, eds. Paula Hyman, Deborah Dash Moore
(New Yokr: Routledge, 1997)
- "The Jewish Tradition in America," part of an educational (college-level) CD-ROM on the religious groups of North America,
Pluralism Project/interactive, Harvard University Committee on the Study of Religion, ed. Diana Eck (New York: Columbia University,
- Shul with a Pool: The "Synagogue-Center" in American Jewish History (Hanover, NH: The University Press of New England,