Who We Are

David H. Aaron (Director) has been Professor of Hebrew Bible and History of Interpretation at HUC-JIR, Cincinnati since 1998. He earned his Ph.D. from the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University and rabbinic ordination from HUC-JIR, Cincinnati. He has held fellowships at Hebrew University and Universität Tübingen and taught at Wellesley College and Hebrew College. He is the author of Biblical Ambiguities: Metaphor, Semantics, and Divine Imagery , Etched in Stone: The Emergence of the Decalogue , and several scholarly articles as well as a novel and a play. There is a long legacy of music education and performance in his life, going to back to his maternal great-grandfather and grandfather, who were cantors and composers in Reform synagogues in Germany.

Angela Roskop Erisman earned her M.A. in Northwest Semitics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in Bible from HUC-JIR, Cincinnati. She has taught Hebrew language and Bible courses at HUC-JIR and Xavier University, worked as Production Manager of Hebrew Studies , and served as a freelance editor/writing coach in all areas of Jewish Studies. She currently serves as Senior Editor for The Marginalia Review of Books . Her scholarly interests include Pentateuch, ancient historiography, literary theory, archaeology, and biblical law. She is the author of The Wilderness Itineraries: Genre, Geography, and the Growth of Torah and several articles on the literary formation of the Pentateuch. When not studying Torah or polishing prose, she cooks, does calligraphy, and plays the violin.

Sharon Gillerman is Associate Professor of Jewish History at HUC-JIR, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996 and has served as visiting professor at Brandeis University, UCLA, the University of Hamburg, and Harvard University. Her research focuses on modern German and central European Jewish history, with a particular interest in gender history, cultural studies, popular culture, and transnational history. She is the author of Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic , which won the 2012 Book Award from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, and co-editor (with Benjamin Baader and Paul Lerner) of Jewish Masculinities: German Jews, Gender and History .

Alyssa Gray is Associate Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature at HUC-JIR, New York. She received her Ph.D. from Jewish Theological Seminary and her J.D. from Columbia University. She has served as visiting professor at Yale University and Jewish Theological Seminary. Her research interests include charity in classical and medieval rabbinic literature, the application of legal theory to rabbinic literature, and the comparative study of the two Talmuds. She is the author of A Talmud in Exile: The Influence of Yerushalmi Avodah Zarah on the Formation of Bavli Avodah Zarah and the co-editor (with Bernard Jackson) of Studies in Medieval Halakhah in Honor of Stephen M. Passamaneck , and numerous scholarly articles.

Jason Kalman joined the faculty of HUC-JIR, Cincinnati in 2005 and currently serves as Gottschalk-Slade Chair in Jewish Intellectual History. He is also a research fellow with the University of the Free State, South Africa, affiliate faculty in the Department of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati, and visiting professor in the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University. He earned his Ph.D. in the history of Jewish biblical interpretation from McGill in 2005. He is the author of Hebrew Union College and the Dead Sea Scrolls , Canada's Big Biblical Bargain: How McGill University Bought the Dead Sea Scrolls (with Jaqueline DuToit), and twenty scholarly articles. He has also served as book review editor for H-JUDAIC .

Sonja Rethy has been the Managing Editor of Hebrew Union College Press since 2010. She has served as a graduate fellow in philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, taught Chinese at Penn State University, and been on the editorial staffs of Penn State University Press and Contemporary German Philosophy: A Yearbook . She is the current Managing Editor of the Journal of Asthma , a consultant for the American Jewish Archives, and the English language editor of Frontiers in Philosophy , a journal dedicated to the meeting of Eastern and Western thought, published by Beijing Normal University. In her spare time, she serves as a lay cantor at Northern Hills Synagogue.

Richard Sarason is Professor of Rabbinic Literature and Thought at HUC-JIR, Cincinnati, where he has been a faculty member since 1979. He previously served as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1977. He received his A.B. in Economics from Brandeis University in 1969 and was a visiting graduate student at Hebrew University from 1970-1972, while attending HUC-JIR, Jerusalem. He was ordained at HUC-JIR, Cincinnati in 1974. He is the author of A History of the Mishnaic Law of Agriculture: A Study of Tractate Demai and The Talmud of the Land of Israel: A Preliminary Translation and Explanation: Tractate Demai , as well as numerous articles in classical rabbinic literature and thought (Mishnah, midrash, liturgy).