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Judith Rosenbaum Served as Rabbi Sally J. Priesand Visiting Professor at HUC-JIR's Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

From left: Judith Rosenbaum and Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean, Taube Family Campus, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

From left: Judith Rosenbaum and Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean, Taube Family Campus, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

Judith Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA), served as the Rabbi Sally J. Priesand Visiting Professor at the Taube Family Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Jerusalem. The Rabbi Sally J. Priesand Visiting Professorship, established to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ordination of the first woman rabbi in America in 1972, places a leading scholar at HUC-JIR’s campuses in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York on a rotating basis.  Rosenbaum spent a week on the Jerusalem campus teaching, giving a sermon, and engaging with HUC-JIR’s Israeli rabbinical, education, and pastoral counseling students and North American, Australian, and South African rabbinical, cantorial, and education students spending their first year of study in Israel. 

Read Judith Rosenbaum’s D’var Torah on Shabbat Vayeshev here.

Read Israeli rabbinical student Elana Sztokman’s blog on Rosenbaum’s teaching at HUC-JIR here

An educator, historian, and writer, Rosenbaum served for nearly a decade as JWA’s Director of Public History and Director of Education, developing its major programs and educational initiatives. JWA is a pioneering national organization that documents Jewish women’s stories, elevates their voices, and inspires them to be agents of change.

Judith earned a BA in History from Yale University and a PhD in American Studies from Brown University. She won a Fulbright Fellowship to study women’s collective communities in Israel, and received a dissertation grant from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study to pursue research on the women’s health movement. Judith has taught and lectured widely on Jewish studies and women’s studies at institutions including Brown University, Boston University, Hebrew College, and Gann Academy. She also serves on the faculty of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships.

Judith Rosenbaum regularly publishes in both academic and popular journals and blogs including Tablet, the Forward, the Huffington Post, the Jewish Week, Tikkun magazine, Sh’ma magazine, PresenTense, Reform Judaism magazine, MyJewishLearning,, and Role/Reboot, as well as in several anthologies, including Gender and Jewish History, Women of Katrina, Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice, and The Women’s Passover Companion: Women’s Reflections on the Festival of Freedom.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.