Rabbi Carole Balin, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita of History

Contact Information

school/program: Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, Rabbinical School (US), School of Education
campus: New York

As a prolific writer and teacher, Rabbi Carole B. Balin, Ph.D., is known for her fresh ideas, authenticity, and way with words. She is chair of the board of the Jewish Women’s Archive and professor emerita of history at her alma mater, HUC-JIR, where she was the first woman at the New York campus to earn tenure. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College, she earned a doctorate at Columbia University and speaks and publishes widely on gender and the Jewish experience. 

Carole is currently writing a book about bat mitzvah anchored in the stories of the pioneering girls who sparked a gender revolution in Jewish life. Her work on the Jewish coming-of-age rite has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and in The New York Times, The Forward, and additional media outlets.

Is America Good for the Jews? Post-Pittsburgh, Poway and Colleyville

Not Your Average Balebuste: Jewish Women Under the Tsars

Can We Talk about Gender?: Jews in the #MeToo Era

Eating our Jewish Values: Adaptation, Evolution and Reform Jewish Approaches to Jewish Dietary Practice

Widening Our Tent: Jewish Identities Today

Sisterhood: Far Beyond Tea and Rugelach

If These Walls Could Talk: Your Synagogue’s History

A Deep Dive into Art: What Paintings Tell Us about the Jewish Past

Wine Stains on the Haggadah: Finding Ourselves in its Pages

From Dirty Dancing to Mrs. Maisel: Jews on the Screen

Recently Taught Courses at HUC

Ph.D. and M. Phil., Columbia University

Rabbinical Ordination, HUC-JIR

B.A., Wellesley College