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Faculty

Yaffa Kaye

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Yaffa Kaya has taught Hebrew at the Temple Emanu-El Religious School for more than 25 years. Her passion for Jewish and Israeli cultures makes her a driving force in the field of Jewish education.

Rabbi Peter Weintraub

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Rabbi Peter Weintraub has been teaching the Union for Reform Judaism’s Introduction to Judaism course since 1985. Formerly Associate Rabbi at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, he is active in the world of Jewish education and political causes.

Rabbi Joseph Skloot

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Rabbi Joseph Skloot teaches at the Hebrew Union College. Formerly Associate Rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation, he conducts research on Jewish cultural and intellectual history in the early modern and modern periods, Jewish religious thought and the history of the book.

Rabbi Leonard Schoolman

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Rabbi Leonard Schoolman was the founding director of the Center for Religious Inquiry at St. Bartholomew’s Church, a national staff member at the Union for Reform Judaism and has been a pioneer in engaging Jews, Christians and Muslims in study and dialogue about one another. He is author of The Changing Christian World: A Brief Introduction for Jews.

Dr. Hussein Rashid

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Dr. Hussein Rashid teaches at Barnard College and is a specialist in Muslims in American popular culture. A frequent commentator on current affairs, he consults with nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies about the interaction between culture and religion, as well as the role of the arts in conflict mediation.

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. He has played a crucial role in expanding the impact of the library’s world-renowned collections and programs.

Dr. David E. Kaufman

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Dr. David E. Kaufman has taught at Hofstra University, Hebrew Union College and the University of Southern California. In addition to numerous articles on the social, religious and architectural history of the American synagogue, he most recently wrote Jewhooing the Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish Identity

Rabbi Esther Azar

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Rabbi Esther Azar is a visual artist and writer who has long been active in Jewish education. Trained in social work and psychotherapy, and recently ordained as a rabbi, she is the former Director of Family Engagement at Shaare Zedek and a founding collaborator of Rei Emet: Mirror Truth.

Rabbi Robert Hirt

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Rabbi Robert Hirt is Vice Chairman and Trustee at Yeshiva University and Vice Chairman of the World Council for Torah Education. Long active in Torah and Jewish education, he is the editor of the Orthodox Forum series and co-editor of Shimon Huberband’s Kiddush Hashem.

Dr. Daniel Rynhold

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Dr. Daniel Rynhold teaches Jewish Philosophy at Yeshiva University. A specialist in the work of Moses Maimonides and Joseph Soloveitchik, he is author of Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying One’s Practices and An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy.