Weaving together the strands of Judaism.

The following lists members of the Faculty for the past two Academic Years, 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

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 Matthew Goldstone, Talmud
See Administration & Staff biographies.

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

Rabbi Naomi Kalish
Rabbi, M.A., The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; B.A., Tufts University. PhD candidate in Education and Jewish Studies, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Director for the Center of Pastoral Education, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Taught CPE at New York Presbyterian Hospital; Served on the Interprofessional Education Faculty at Columbia University Medical Center. Worked in pastoral care at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Calvary Hospital. Served as the president of Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains. Publications include several articles on pastoral care.

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; 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.

Rabbi Bronwen Mullin
Rabbi, M.A. The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Music Composition Fellow, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education; B.A., Sarah Lawrence College. Rabbi, Congregation B’nai Jacob, Jersey City, NJ. Served as rabbinic artist-in-residence at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and at Art Kibbutz, NY. Several credits as a playwright, artist, and composer.

Rabbi Debra Orenstein
Rabbinic Ordination, M.A., The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; B.H.L., The University of Judaism; A.B., Princeton University. Certificate in Positive Psychology, Whole Being Institute; Certification in Interpersonal Communication and Parenting, Pepperdine Center on the Family; Mediation Training, Pepperdine Law School – Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; Synagogue Administration Course Certification, Hebrew Union College. Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel, Emerson, NJ. Publications include Lifecycles 1: Jewish Women on Life Passages and Personal Milestones; Lifecycles 2: Jewish Women on Biblical Themes in Contemporary Life; Lifecycles 3: Jewish Women on Holy Days and Communal Celebrations. Adjunct

Ayal Prouser
M.A., Film and Media Studies, Columbia University; B.A., Clark University. Awards including, Go! Emerging Artists Commissioning Program; Jason Michael Simpkins Endowment for Screen Studies.”  Presenter at several conferences including Popular Culture & American Culture Association Conference, Circus and Its Others 2 (Prague); American Men’s Studies Association. Publication: “Under the Bi(g) Top: An Investigation of the ‘Bisexual Vantage’ in Circus Cinema,” in Circus Space: The Big Top on the Big Screen. Adjunct

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

Rabbi David Schuck
Rabbi, M.A., The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; B.A., Rutgers University. Senior Rabbi, Beth El Synagogue Center, New Rochelle, NY. Member of the Medical Professionals Spiritual Group Steering Committee of the Pastoral Care Department of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

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

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