Dr. Sharon Faye Koren, Associate Professor of Medieval Jewish Culture and recipient of the Dr. Norman Cohen Chair for an Emerging Jewish Scholar, has been granted tenure at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, as of July 1, 2015. An expert in the area of philosophy and theology, her research interests encompass Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah, medieval gender studies, intellectual history, and the inter-relationship between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the Middle Ages.
“Dr. Koren is an exemplary faculty member who embodies the qualities of scholarship, pedagogy, and collegiality at the highest level,” stated Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost. “She is an outstanding representative of a new generation of scholars who are also bringing consciousness of gender issues to bear in her understanding of the rich and fascinating area of esoteric Jewish literature – she is both original and path-breaking.”
Dr. Koren teaches in the Rabbinical Program and Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in New York, and in the Master of Arts in Jewish Education Program in Los Angeles.
Dr. Koren has been associated with the HUC-JIR faculty since 2001. She received her Ph.D. (1999) and M.A. (1991) from Yale University and was the recipient of numerous prizes, fellowships, and grants. She is the author of The Menstruant in Medieval Jewish Mysticism (Brandeis University Press) and is currently researching for a book on the Matriarchs in the Zohar. Her articles have appeared in The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish History, Religion, and Culture, Encyclopedia Judaica, My People’s Prayer Book Volume 8: Kabbalat Shabbat, and Women and Water: Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law, as well as in academic journals, including Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies, AJS Review, and Lishmah: A Jewish Scholarship Quarterly.