Weaving together the strands of Judaism.

The following lists members of the Faculty for the Academic Years 2017 – 2019, or those who have an ongoing teaching commitment to the Academy for Jewish Religion.

Rabbi David Almog, Liturgy, Codes
PhD Candidate, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Rabbi, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah; B.A., Columbia University/The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Melton Lead Educators’ Program, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Campus Rabbi, Columbia/Barnard Hillel; Teaching Assistant, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Adjunct

Yifat Avner, Hebrew
Studied Sociology and Advertising at Haifa University; Certified Nurse Aid, Manchester Community College; Hebrew Instructor at University of Hartford; Hebrew Teacher at Congregation Kol-Haverim in Glastonbury, CT, Adjunct

Rabbi Julie Hilton Danan, Rabbinics
PhD, University of Texas at Austin; Rabbi, ALEPH Rabbinic Program; AAPC Pastoral Care Specialist, Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health; M.A., University of Texas at Austin; B.A., Tel-Aviv University. Rabbi of Pleasantville Community Synagogue, Pleasantville, NY, 2015-. Instructor in Rabbinic Texts, ALEPH Rabbinic Program, 2016. Dr. Danan has formerly served as a rabbi of congregations, and as an instructor at universities, in California and Texas. She is the author of The Jewish Parents’ Almanac (1994) and of numerous articles. Adjunct.

Ilana Davidov, Hebrew Language
Director of Hebrew Studies, Academy for Jewish Religion; Honorary Doctorate in Pedagogy, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; MA, Applied Linguistics, Columbia University; BA, Hebrew Language and Literature, Tel Aviv University; Teaching Certificate and Teaching License, Tel Aviv University. Full-time

Stanley Dorn, Musical Skills
BA, New York University, MM (Master’s of Music), Mannes College of Music. Guitar studies with Alexander Bellow, Roselyn Dlugin, Eliot Fisk. Theory studies with Robert Cuckson, L. Poundie Burstein, David Loeb, Carl Schachter. Member, The Americas Vocal Ensemble. Chair, Guitar Department, Mannes Preparatory Division. Faculty, Mannes Extension Division. Adjunct

Arline Duker, LCSW, Professional Skills
M.S.W., New York University; M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University; B.A., Barnard College; Licensed Clinical Social Worker, NJ; Certification by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis; Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work, NYU. Adjunct

Yakir Englander, Theology and Gender Studies
Ph.D, Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew University; M.A, Jewish Thought, Hebrew University; B.A., Psychology, Hebrew University; Visiting Scholar in Jewish Studies Department, Rutgers University, Author of several books and articles on the topics of Gender and Sexuality, and the Middle East Conflict. Adjunct

Will Friedman, Talmud
Rabbinic Ordination, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah; Ph. D Candidate, Jewish History and Culture, Harvard University; MA in Talmud and Rabbinics, Jewish Theological Seminary; BS in Computer Science, MIT. Director, Eisenfeld/Duker Beit Midrash at the Jewish Theological Seminary

Rabbi H. Rafael Goldstein, Professional Skills
Min., Hebrew Union College; Rabbi, The Academy for Jewish Religion; B.S.W., Columbia University. Executive Director of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains. Formerly: Director of Clinical Services, Center for Spirituality and Health, Mount Sinai Health System; Director of Spiritual Care and Education, Mount Sinai Medical Center; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Part-time rabbi, Jewish Center of Norwich, NY, and several positions in Jewish Federation work. Author of Being a Blessing: 54 Ways You Can Help People Living with Illness, among other books and articles. Adjunct

Cantor Meredith Greenberg, Drumming and Chanting
Cantor, The Academy for Jewish Religion; B.A., Vocal Performance, Manhattan School of Music; Hazzan/Spiritual Leader of Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, NJ. Adjunct

Rabbi Jill Hackell, MD Philosophy (Bio-Ethics)
Rabbi, The Academy for Jewish Religion; M.A. in Judaic Studies, Gratz College; M.D., Johns Hopkins University; B.S., Tufts University; Certification, American Board of Pediatrics. Adjunct

Rabbi Jill Hammer, Midrash
See Administration & Staff biographies.

Rabbi Eric Hoffman, Talmud
Doctoral study in Talmud, Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati; Rabbi, MA, Hebrew Union College, NY; BA, The Johns Hopkins University, Post-graduate study in rabbinics, The Hebrew University and Neve Schechter, Jerusalem. Adjunct

Rabbi Jeffrey Hoffman, Liturgy, Rabbinics
See Administration & Staff biographies.

Rabbi Heidi Hoover, Conversion
Rabbi, The Academy for Jewish Religion; M.A. in Jewish Studies, Gratz College; B.A. Creative and Professional Writing, Carnegie Mellon University; Rabbi of Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek, Brooklyn, NY; Formerly: Rabbis without Borders Fellow; Sacred Stories Project; Guest Blogger for The Lutheran Magazine; Publishing Technologist

Dr. Renee Holtz, Education
PhD, Education, Fordham University; M.S. in Education, Johns Hopkins University; M.A. and B.A. in Judaic Studies, Baltimore Hebrew University; Professional Diploma, Educational Leadership, Manhattanville College; NYS Education Permanent Certification, School Administration and Supervisor, Special Education, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1-6. Coordinator of Academic Support, Middle School and High School, Solomon Schechter High School of Westchester. Adjunct.

Dr. Job Jindo, Bible
PhD, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; M.A., Harvard University; B.A., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Berkowitz Fellow at NYU Law School. Full-Time.

Cantor Robin Joseph, Cantorial
Cantor, The Academy for Jewish Religion; BA, Dramatic Literature, Purchase College of the State University of New York. Cantor Joseph has been associated with Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings, New York, for more than thirty years. She is also a professional songwriter and writes, directs, and acts in original plays with her husband, Albi Gorn. Adjunct

Cantor Michael Kasper, Cantorial
See Administration & Staff biographies.

Rabbi Peg Kershenbaum, Hebrew
Rabbi, The Academy for Jewish Religion; Doctoral study in Classics, NYU and City University of New York; M.A. in Classics, Columbia University; B.A. in Greek and Classics, Brooklyn College. Outreach Fellow, Union for Reform Judaism. Formerly: Adjunct Lecturer, Brooklyn College Department of Classics; Continuing Education Instructor, City University of New York, Foreign Language Institute. Adjunct

Cantor Lisa Klinger-Kantor, Nusah
See Administration & Staff biographies.

Rabbi Leonard Levin, Philosophy, Personal Theology
Rabbi, PhD, Jewish Theological Seminary; PhD, Brandeis University; BA, University of Pennsylvania. Author of Seeing With Both Eyes: Ephraim Luntshitz and the Polish-Jewish Renaissanceand Why God Is Subject To Murphy’s Law; translator of Eliezer Schweid: The Classic Jewish Philosophers and Philosophy of the Bible and Isaac Heinemann: The Reasons for the Commandments; collaborated with Gordon Tucker on A.J. Heschel’s Heavenly TorahAdjunct

Rabbi David Evan MarkusRabbinics, Theology & Spirituality
Rabbi, ALEPH Ordination Program; Spiritual Director, ALEPH Ordination Program; J.D., Harvard Law School; M.P.P., Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; B.A., Williams College. Rabbi of Temple Beth El of City Island (New York, NY), 2015-present. Senior Builder, Bayit: Building Jewish. Faculty in Spiritual Direction, ALEPH Ordination Program. Rabbi Markus served as co-chair of the ALEPH Board, as instructor at universities in New York. Rabbi Markus presides as judicial referee in New York Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District, as North America’s only pulpit rabbi also to maintain a full-time oath of office. Adjunct.

Eric Miller, History
PhD candidate, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America (degree expected 8/2016); MPhil., The Jewish Theological Seminary; B.A., Queens College; Adjunct Professor, SUNY-Stony Brook. Adjunct.

Rabbi Geoff Mitelman, Philosophy, Professional Skills
Rabbi, Hebrew Union College; M.A.H.L., Hebrew Union College; B.A., Princeton University. Founding Director, Sinai and Synapses; former rabbi of Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester, NY. Adjunct.

Eden Pearlstein, Mysticism
M.A. in Jewish Thought, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; M.A. in Jewish Education, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; B.A., The Evergreen State College. Creative Consultant, Yeorvelah, Boulder, CO; Educator, Lab/Shul, NY; Creative Manager, Iyyun Kollel, Brooklyn, NY; Publishing Associate, Ohr Chadash, Mevo Modiim, Israel; Publishing Associate, Iyyun Center for Jewish Spirituality, Brooklyn, NY; Co-Founder and Executive Director, Darshan Project, Brooklyn, NY. Adjunct.

Rabbi Michael Pitkowsky, Rabbinics
PHD, Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbinic ordination, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, BA, SUNY Binghamton. Adult Education Educator at Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale; Formerly, Adjunct Assistant Professor at HUC, Adjunct Assistant Professor, the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Dr. Ora Horn Prouser, Bible
See Administration & Staff biographies.

Rabbi Robert Scheinberg, Bible, Liturgy
Rabbinic Ordination, M.Phil., M.A., Jewish Theological Seminary; B.A., Columbia University. Rabbi, United Synagogue of Hoboken, NJ Adjunct

Joshua Schwartz, Rabbinic Theology
Ph.D Cadidate, New York University, M.A., Philosophy, New York University; B.A., Religion, Columbia University; B.A., Bible and Rabbinics, The Jewish Theological Seminary; Formerly, Adjunct Faculty, New York University; Adjunct Faculty, Chicago Theological Seminary; Instructor, Drisha Institute. Adjunct

Rabbi Jeffrey T. Segelman,  Professional Skills
Rabbi, M.A., The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; B.H.L, Boston Hebrew College; B.A., Boston University, Rabbi of the Westchester Jewish Center, Mamaroneck, NY. Adjunct

Dr. Samuel Torjman Thomas, Music
BA in Woodwind performance and Jazz Composition, Berklee College of Music. PhD in Ethnomusicology, City University of NY. A multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, clarinet, flute, nay, oud, frame drums, and piano) and educator for many years in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary school settings focusing on jazz, Arab and Jewish musical traditions, and improvisation and composition.

Susan Werk,  Professional Studies
MA in Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary; Held leadership roles in the Jewish Education Association’s Principals Forum, the Conservative movement’s Jewish Educational Assembly, and the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education; Educational Director, Congregation Agudath Israel. Adjunct

Tzemah Yoreh, Bible
Rabbi, International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, Phd in Bible, Hebrew University, ABD, University of Toronto. Adjunct

Tzvee Zahavy, Rabbinics
Rabbi, Yeshiva Unidersity; PhD in Religious Studies, Brown University, MA in Jewish History, Yeshiva University; BA in Mathematics, Yeshiva College. Books include The Traditions of Eleazar Ben Azariah, The Mishnaic Law of Blessings and Prayers: Tractate Berakhot, The Talmud of the Land of Israel: Tractate Berakhot, Studies in Jewish Prayer, The Talmud of Babylonia: An American Translation: Tractate Hullin, 3 volumes

Cantor Sol Zim, Nusah
Cantorial study at The Jewish Theological Seminary; M.A., New York University; B.A., Brooklyn College; Cantor, Hollis Hills Jewish Center (since 1964, life tenure); master-cantor, master coach, educator, concert performer, international recording artist of twenty cassettes and cd’s featuring all original music; Zimray Ent., Publisher, eleven books of original music used by rabbis, cantors and educators, The Cantors Assembly has endorsed Cantor Zim’s Musical Siddur: Shabbat as the standard synagogue music of Conservative congregations throughout America. Full-time