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Faculty

Peninnah Schram

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PENINNAH SCHRAM is an internationally known storyteller, educator, recording artist and author whose most recent book is Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage: Folktales, Legends and Letters (co-authored with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso). She is also a professor emerita at Yeshiva University as well as a recipient of the Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish Educator and the National Storytelling Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rabbi Rachel Ain

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RABBI RACHEL AIN is the rabbi of Sutton Place Synagogue. In addition to sitting on the Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet of JTS, the Clergy Task Force for Jewish Women International and the Rabbinic Cabinet for the Masorti Foundation, she chairs the Rabbinic Advisory Committee of the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan.

Dr. Frederick Roden

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Dr. Frederick Roden is the author/editor of seven books, including, most recently, Recovering Jewishness: Modern Identities Reclaimed. He is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Connecticut, where he serves on the faculty of Judaic Studies. Dr. Roden is a board member of the Society for Classical Reform Judaism.

Rabbi Alvin Kass

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Rabbi Alvin Kass is a rabbi and Chief Chaplain of the New York City Police Department. Past president of the New York Board of Rabbis, he is rabbi emeritus of the East Midwood Jewish Center in Brooklyn.

Gerald (Jerry) Eskenazi

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Gerald (Jerry) Eskenazi once got stuck at a Yankee game on Rosh Hashanah. This was not the only test of his Judaism during his adventurous 44-year career at the New York Times—a ride that took him to four Olympics, 20 Super Bowls and, at the time, the second highest byline count in the paper’s history.

Dr. Naomi Weinberger

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Dr. Naomi Weinberger is an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University, where she teaches courses in international security studies. She is the author of Syrian Intervention in Lebanon and several papers on international peace operations and Palestinian and Israeli security requirements. Naomi is a former Vice President of the Association for Israel Studies.

Rabbi Janet Roberts

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Rabbi Janet Roberts teaches on topics spanning a range of Jewish learning. Ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, she has a special interest in the Hebrew Bible. Rabbi Roberts welcomes students with diverse backgrounds including those new to Jewish studies who are considering conversion.

Dr. David Kraemer

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Dr. David Kraemer is the Director of the Library and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he oversees the most extensive collection of Judaica in the Western hemisphere. Dr. Kraemer has played a crucial role in forging policy and expanding the impact of the Library’s world-renowned collections and programs.

Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman

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Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman is the author of many books, including My People’s Prayer Book, a ten-volume edition of the Siddur that won a National Jewish Book Award, and co-author of Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary, which won him a second National Jewish Book Award. In addition to his prolific writing and editing, Dr. Hoffman is also the founder and co-president of Synagogue 3000.