rabbi art green, rector of rabbinical school

Faculty

dean sharon cohen anisfeld

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
Dean
Rabbinic Ordination, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Sharon Cohen Anisfeld has been dean of the Rabbinical School since 2006. Prior to assuming this position, she served as an adjunct faculty member and then dean of students at the school. After graduating from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990, Cohen subsequently spent 15 years working in pluralistic settings as a Hillel rabbi at Tufts, Yale and Harvard universities. She has been a summer faculty member for the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel since 1993 and is co-editor of two volumes of women's writings on Passover, "The Women's Seder Sourcebook: Rituals and Readings for Use at the Passover Seder" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002) and "The Women's Passover Companion: Women's Reflections on the Festival of Freedom" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002). From 2011 to 2013, Anisfeld was named to Newsweek's list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America.

rachel adelman

Rachel Adelman
Assistant Professor, Bible
Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Rachel Adelman, who joined the full-time faculty in 2012 after serving as an adjunct instructor in 2011-12, provides a dynamic, open approach to text study, drawing on a wide range of sources, from Tanakh and classical midrash to modern Israeli poetry. She holds a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies from Matan/Baltimore Hebrew University in Jerusalem; her doctorate is in Hebrew literature, with a specialty in midrash. Adelman's “The Return of the Repressed: Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer and the Pseudepigrapha” (Brill, 2009) is based on her dissertation work.

harvey bock

Harvey Bock
Hebrew Language Coordinator
J.D., Yale Law School

Harvey Bock is a graduate of the Yeshivah of Flatbush; Yale College, where he majored in linguistics; and Yale Law School. After more than 20 years of practicing law, with a specialty in banking regulation (most recently as general counsel of Discover Card), Bock embarked in 2001 upon a second career at Hebrew College as a teacher of Hebrew language and Aramaic, areas of study in which he has long maintained an intense interest. He has translated several books, articles and poems from Hebrew into English, including "An Introduction to Biblical Literature" by Alexander Rofé.

merle feld

Merle Feld
Adjunct, Writing Program
M.A., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Merle Feld is a widely published poet, award-winning playwright, peace activist and educator. Her prose and poetry appear in numerous anthologies and prayer books and in her memoir, “A Spiritual Life: Exploring the Heart and Jewish Tradition” (SUNY Press, 2007). Her award-winning plays include “Across the Jordan” (in Syracuse University Press' anthology “Making a Scene”) and “The Gates Are Closing,” performed by hundreds of congregations worldwide. Feld has facilitated Israeli-Palestinian dialogue on the West Bank and at Seeds of Peace, and she has worked with grassroots community organizers in the former Soviet Union. She is founding director of the Albin Rabbinic Writing Institute, guiding rabbinical students at five seminaries across denominations to develop and explore their own inner lives and to serve more effectively as spiritual leaders.

art green

Rabbi Art Green
Rector
Irving Brudnick Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Art Green, a nationally recognized historian of Jewish religion and a theologian, is the founding dean of the Rabbinical School and now serves as its rector. He has lectured widely and taught Jewish mysticism, Hasidism and theology to several generations of students at the University of Pennsylvania; the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he served as both dean and president; Brandeis University; and Hebrew College. Green is the founder of Havurat Shalom, an egalitarian Jewish communityin Somerville, Mass., and remains a leading independent figure in the Jewish renewal movement. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books; his most recent is "Speaking Torah: Spiritual Teachings From Around the Maggid's Table" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2013). Green has been named to Newsweek's list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America every year since 2008.

rabbi dan judson

Rabbi Dan Judson
Director of Professional Development and Placement
Rabbinic Ordination, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion

Prior to joining Hebrew College in 2007, Dan Judson served for 10 years as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth David of the South Shore in Canton, Mass. In 2003, he was the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellow at Harvard University. Judson has co-authored a number of books on Jewish rituals, including "The Rituals and Practices of a Jewish Life: A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002), "The Jewish Pregnancy Book: A Resource for the Soul, Body and Mind During Pregnancy, Birth and the First Three Months" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2003) and "Meeting at the Well: A Jewish Spiritual Guide to Being Engaged" (URJ Press, 2002). His articles on American Jewish history have appeared in various journals. Judson is a doctoral candidate in Jewish history at Brandeis University, where his research focuses on the history of synagogues and money.

rabbi jane kanarek

Rabbi Jane Kanarek
Assistant Professor of Rabbinics
Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Jane Kanarek teaches Talmud, Midrash and Jewish law at the Rabbinical School. In addition to those duties, she helps run the Northwoods kollel and beit midrash at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, an intensive Talmud program for campers and college-age staff. Her book manuscript, "Legalizing Genesis: Biblical Narrative and the Formation of Rabbinic Law," is currently under review. She has also published in a number of journals, including AJS Review, Journal of Jewish Education, and Teaching Theology and Religion. Kanarek is part of Tal Ilan's Feminist Talmud Commentary project, where she is writing a commentary on Tractate Arakhin. In addition to her scholarly work, she is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards.

judith kates

Judith Kates
Professor of Jewish Women's Studies
Ph.D., Harvard University

Judith Kates, a member of the Hebrew College faculty since 1992, comes to the teaching of Tanakh and midrash from the study of literature. She holds a doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University, where she also taught and developed a lifelong interest in women's studies. Kates began a process of educating herself in Jewish sources about 25 years ago, which continues to this day. She has edited, with Gail Twersky Reimer, "Reading Ruth: Contemporary Women Reclaim a Sacred Story" (Ballantine Books, 1996) and "Beginning Anew: A Woman's Companion to the High Holy Days" (Touchstone, 1997).

rabbi alvan kaunfer

Rabbi Alvan H. Kaunfer
Adjunct Instructor in Jewish Education
Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary
Ed.D., Jewish Theological Seminary

Alvan Kaunfer served as rabbi of Temple Emanu-<wbr>El in Providence, R.I., for 25 years, overseeing educational programming. He was also the founding director of the Alperin Schechter Day School in Providence. Kaunfer has published articles in several professional journals and books.

jonathan klawans

Jonathan Klawans
Visiting Associate Professor
Ph.D., Columbia University

Jonathan Klawans is a specialist in the religion and religious literature of Judaism in late antiquity. In addition to his duties at Hebrew College, he is an associate professor of religion at Boston University, where he has served on the faculty of the Department of Religion and the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies since 1997. Klawans teaches courses in Western Religion, the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Jewish history and rabbinic literature. He has published articles in journals such as AJS Review, Harvard Theological Review, Journal of Jewish Studies, New Testament Studies and Religious Studies Review.

rabbi ebn leader

Rabbi Ebn Leader
Faculty, Rabbinical School
Rabbinic Ordination, Private

Ebn Leader grew up in Jerusalem and was a "talmid" (student-disciple) of Rabbi David Hartman, where he learned Talmud, and of Amos Hetz, where he studied movement and movement notation. He is currently a talmid of Hebrew College Rector Art Green, from whom he has received semicha. Leader has a growing international reputation as a Jewish spiritual teacher in the neo-Hasidic tradition and is an authority on Jewish prayer. He is co-editor, with Rabbi Or Rose, of "God in All Moments: Mystical and Practical Wisdom From Hasidic Masters" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011).

rabbi allan lehmann

Rabbi Allan Lehmann
Associate Dean, Rabbinical School
Co-director, Beit Midrash
Rabbinic Ordination, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Whether in his office, the bet midrash or the classroom, Allan Lehmann counsels, teaches and advises rabbinical students in his role as associate dean of the Rabbinical School. Before joining Hebrew College in 2007, Lehmann served for seven years as Jewish chaplain and Rabbinic Hillel director at Brandeis University. Prior to that, he served for 20 years as the rabbi of a Conservative synagogue in Gainesville, Fla. Lehmann and his wife, Joanne Schindler, often host Minyan Olat Shabbat at their house in Newton Centre on Friday evenings.

rabbi carl perkins

Rabbi Carl Perkins
Adjunct Professor
Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary
J.D., Harvard Law School 

Carl Perkins has served since 1991 as the spiritual leader of Temple Aliyah, a Conservative congregation in Needham, Mass., and has taught and lectured widely in the Boston area. At Hebrew College, he has taught in the Me'ah and post-Me'ah programs and, more recently, in the Rabbinical School. A former Wexner Graduate Fellow and a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Hartman Institute, Perkins is an adjunct instructor at Boston College Law School, where he teaches a course in Jewish Law. He is the author of the revised edition of "Embracing Judaism," a guide for prospective Jews by Choice (Rabbinical Assembly, 1999).

nehemia polen Rabbi Nehemia Polen

Professor of Jewish Thought
Rabbinic Ordination, Ner Israel Rabbinical College
Ph.D., Boston University

Nehemia Polen is a leading expert in Hasidism and Jewish thought. A widely published author, his books include "The Holy Fire: The Teachings of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto" (Jason Aronson Inc., first ed., 1977); "The Rebbe's Daughter" (Jewish Publication Society, 2002), based on Polen's research as a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow and recipient of a National Jewish Book Award; and "Filling Words With Light: Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2004), written with Lawrence Kushner. Polen holds a doctorate from Boston University, where he studied with and served as a teaching fellow for Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. Prior to his career in Jewish academia, Polen served for 23 years as a congregational rabbi.

rabbi shayna rhodes Rabbi Shayna Rhodes, Rab'08

Co-director, Beit Midrash
Rabbinic Ordination, Hebrew College

Shayna Rhodes joined the Rabbinical School as a bet midrash instructor after earning her rabbic ordination at Hebrew College. She now divides her time between the classroom and the bet midrash, teaching Talmud, tanakh (canon of the Hebrew Bible) and halakha (Jewish law) and facilitating tefilla (prayer). Rhodes combines tradition with feminism, empowering students to discover their own voice in sacred text.

rabbi or rose Rabbi Or Rose

Director, Center for Global Judaism
Rabbinic Ordination, Private

A leading writer and social activist, Or Rose is the founding director of the Center for Global Judaism, which provides educational programming and resources on issues of contemporary Jewish spirituality, Israel-Diaspora relations, religious pluralism and environmental responsibility. In addition to his duties at the center, Rose serves as co-director of the Center for Interreligious and Community Leadership Education, a joint venture of Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School. Prior to taking this position, Rose was associate dean and director of informal education at the Rabbinical School, where he still teaches. He is co-editor of "Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary Reflections" (Jewish Lights, 2010), and "My Neighbor's Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth and Transformation (Orbis, 2012).

rabbi micha'el rosenberg Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg

Assistant Professor of Rabbinics
Ph.D., Jewish Theological Seminary

Micha'el Rosenberg joined the Hebrew College faculty in August 2012. He formerly served as rabbi of the Fort Tryon Jewish Center and an adjunct professor of Talmud and codes at the Jewish Theological Seminary, both in New York City. He has taught bible, Talmud and halakhah in a variety of settings, including the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, the National Havurah Institute and the Northwoods Kollel and Beit Midrash of Ramah Wisconsin, and has a particular interest in the intersection of Jewish studies and legal theory. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship program and Harvard College, Rosenberg holds a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinic literature.

susan shevitz Susan Shevitz

Adjunct Instructor, Practical Rabbinics
Ed.D., Harvard University

Susan Shevitz is professor emerita at the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program and a senior research affiliate at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on the characteristics that foster — or impede — excellence in Jewish community organizations. She has taught, published articles and authored materials for professional education in the areas of Jewish family education, evaluation, communal and organizational change and leadership. Her current research is on pluralism in Jewish education.