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Dr. Sharon Koren Promoted to Associate Professor of Medieval Jewish Culture at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dr. Sharon Koren has been promoted to Associate Professor of Medieval Jewish Culture at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York as of July 2, 2011.

In announcing Dr. Koren’s promotion, Dr. Michael Marmur, Vice President for Academic Affairs, stated, “Dr. Koren is a versatile scholar and devoted teacher who has done much to promote the study of the Medieval Jewish experience and the Jewish esoteric tradition at the College-Institute.  As an expert in kabbalah and gender studies who brings the perspective of modern Orthodox Judaism, she has created a unique place for herself on our pluralistic faculty.”

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.  Her book The Menstruant in Medieval Jewish Mysticism (Brandeis University Press) is in press, and she 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.  Dr. Koren has presented at major academic conferences and has been an academic consultant for an NEH-funded television series relating to the subjects of mysticism and monotheism.

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.