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Faculty

Dr. Norman Cohen

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Dr. Norman Cohen is a rabbi, professor of midrash and former provost of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is the author of several books, including Self, Struggle & Change: Family Conflict Stories in Genesis and Their Healing Insights for Our Lives. Dr. Cohen currently serves as Professor Emeritus of Midrash at the New York campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Elinor Burkett

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Elinor Burkett is a journalist, author, film producer and documentary filmmaker. Her film Music by Prudence won the Oscar for Best Documentary, and her articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine and Harper’s, to name a few. Ms. Burkett is the author of several books, including most recently Golda, a Biography of Golda Meir.

Dr. Mark W. Weisstuch

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Dr. Mark W. Weisstuch has been on the faculty of The Skirball Center since its inception. Over the last several years, he has focused on the Second Temple period, leading classes on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Jewish origins of Christianity, the early roots of Jewish mysticism and the composition of the Bible.

Dr. Diane M. Sharon

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Dr. Diane M. Sharon is a scholar and teacher of the Hebrew Bible, Comparative Religion, and Ancient Near Eastern Literature. Dr. Sharon has published books and articles on the Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context, comparative religion, literary analysis and women’s studies. She has lectured and taught extensively.

Dr. Daniel Rynhold

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Dr. Daniel Rynhold has served as Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Philosophy at Yeshiva University since 2001. Educated at the Universities of Cambridge and London, Dr. Rynhold is the author of Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying One’s Practices and An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy.

Dan Margulies

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Dan Margulies is a fourth-year rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He previously facilitated the Meorot Fellowship, served as a rabbinic intern at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, and as a clergy intern at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. Dan is currently the rabbinic intern at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School.

Dr. Fred A. Lazin

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Dr. Fred A. Lazin taught at Ben-Gurion University, Hebrew University, NYU, UCLA,
The George Washington University, Cornell, Tufts and the City University of New York. He has written over 60 scholarly articles and edited 10 books dealing with public policy in the US, Israeli politics and society and Jews in American politics.

Martin Kaufman

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Martin Kaufman was educated at Yeshiva University and New York University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. He served as the chairperson and CEO of Philipp Brothers and is currently a global consultant to entities in the financial and natural resource sectors all over the world. Mr. Kaufman has lectured extensively in numerous adult education programs in the New York area.

Tobi Kahn

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Tobi Kahn is an internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor whose work has been shown in over 50 solo exhibitions and over 80 museum and group shows. He is the co-founder of Avoda Arts and has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York since 1985.

Dr. Eric Goldman

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Dr. Eric Goldman co-hosted the five-week series The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film on the Turner Classic Movies network this past year. He is the author of The American Jewish Story through Cinema and is adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University.