Rabbi David Ellenson Announces New Faculty Appointment and Promotions

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Rabbi David Ellenson has announced the following new faculty appointments and promotions, effective July 1, 2006: 

Dr. David E. Kaufman Granted Tenure As Associate Professor of Contemporary American Jewish Studies 

Beatrice J.W. Lawrence Appointed Instructor of Bible 

Dr. Steven F. Windmueller Promoted to Adjunct Full Professor of Jewish Communal Service on the Blended Track 

Dr. David E. Kaufman Granted Tenure as Associate Professor of Contemporary American Jewish Studies, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles 

Dr. David E. Kaufman, who has been granted tenure as Associate Professor of Contemporary American Jewish Studies, first joined HUC-JIR in Los Angeles in 2000. His Ph.D. dissertation at Brandeis (1994) was published asShul with a Pool: The "Synagogue-Center" in American Jewish History (University Press of New England, 1999). He has served as Guest Curator at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore; Lead Researcher for the STAR Report on Synagogue Transformation (Wilstein Institute for Jewish Policy Studies, 1999); Research Associate for the Melton Center for Jewish Education and Adjunct Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS); and Adjunct Professor at City University of New York (Baruch, Queens, and York Colleges), University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Brown University, and Hebrew College. Kaufman received the M.A. in Jewish Education from JTS (1986) and the B.S. in Architecture and Hebrew Literature from Columbia College (1982). His extensive articles and academic presentations explore American Jewish history, synagogue architecture, Jewish education, American Zionism, and Jews in American popular culture. 

Beatrice J. W. Lawrence Appointed Instructor of Bible, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles 

Dr. Beatrice J.W. Lawrence, a scholar in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Hermeneutics, joins HUC-JIR in Los Angeles as the newly appointed Instructor of Bible. She is completing her Ph.D. dissertation at Emory University, which explores "Jethro and Jewish Identity: Identity-Negotiation in Jewish Biblical Interpretation." She received the M.A. in Jewish Studies from Emory University (1998) and the B.A. in Religious Studies from Carleton College (1995). Lawrence has served as Adjunct Professor at Emory University and as Teaching Assistant at the Candler School of Theology. She has also served as an Instructor for the Melton Adult Mini-School and as Lay cantor for Congregation Bet Haverim in Atlanta. Forthcoming publications include articles on Ketuvim, Megillot, Purification, Qiddushin, and Sotah for The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible

Dr. Steven F. Windmueller Promoted to Adjunct Full Professor of Jewish Communal Service on the Blended Track 

Dr. Steven F. Windmueller joined HUC-JIR in Los Angeles as the Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service in 1995 and will assume the position of Interim Dean of the Los Angeles Campus as of July 1, 2006. A specialist on political issues and American Jewish affairs, Dr. Windmueller holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania (1973), where his dissertation studied "American Jewish Interest Groups: Their Role in Shaping United States Foreign Policy in the Middle East, A Study of Two Time Periods: 1945-1948, 1955-1958, and has held academic appointments at several major institutions of higher learning. 

As a member of the HUC-JIR faculty-administration, Dr. Windmueller is engaged in teaching future communal service professionals, writing about issues affecting the Jewish community, and serving as a national consultant to Jewish and non-Jewish institutions. His extensive publications include From Predictability to Chaos?? How Jewish Leaders Reinvented Their National Communal System (with Gerald B. Bubis, Center for Jewish Studies, 2005) and You Shall Not Stand Idly By: A Community Relations Workbook (American Jewish Committee, 2004); book chapters on national Jewish community relations agencies, Latino-Jewish relations, the assessment of Jewish organizational and management patterns, and the Soviet Jewry movement; articles on Jewish citizenship, venture philanthropy, building a 21st century Jewish community, the history of HUC-JIR's Los Angeles campus, liturgy for the Jewish communal profession, Jewish institutional response to global anti-Semitism, Jewish public policy, Jewish political advocacy, coalitions and American democracy, a compendium of resources for leadership and management, revisioning the Jewish Federation, and numerous newspaper articles and commentaries. Dr. Windmueller served for ten years as the Executive Director of the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, previously served for twelve years as a federation director in upstate New York, and began his professional career on the staff of the American Jewish Committee. 


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