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Me'ah Faculty

The high caliber of instruction — equivalent to a university-level course — makes Me'ah the most unique Jewish adult-learning program in the country. Instructors are accomplished scholars with advanced degrees. They are skilled educators of adults, able to employ their strengths and adapt their approaches both to the Me'ah curriculum and to a range of learning styles.

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rachel adelman

Rachel Adelman, PhD

Rachel Adelman, who joined the full-time faculty in 2012, 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 and a Ph.D in Hebrew literature, with a
specialty in midrash, from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Adelman's first book "The Return of the Repressed: Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer and the Pseudepigrapha" (Brill, 2009) is based on her dissertation work. Her
second book is entitled "The Female Ruse: Women’s Deception and Divine
Sanction in the Hebrew Bible," (Sheffield Press, 2015). She also teaches
Hebrew Bible at Hebrew College.



Rabbi Jeff Amshalem

Rabbi Jeff Amshalem has rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes and Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg of Jerusalem. He has been a beloved teacher of Jewish studies for over 15 years in pluralistic settings including Pardes in Jerusalem and Gann Academy in Waltham, MA. Amshalem has a master’s degree in Jewish Thought from Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel, where he is currently writing his doctoral thesis on Rebbe Pinhas of Korets, a seminal figure in early Hasidism. He has published work on Hasidic tales and is currently working on a book about mystical interpretations of the Song of Songs.

rabbi sharon cohen anisfeld

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

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).

david ariel

David Ariel, PhD, z'l

David Ariel was an adult Jewish educator in the Boston area and president of Ariel Learning, a global Jewish learning organization. He taught for the American Joint Distribution Committee in eastern Europe; for Kivunim, a gap-year program in Israel; and for Hillel. Previously, he served as president of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. He served as president of the Hebrew College (Siegal College of Judaic Studies) in Cleveland. Ariel was a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received an MA and Ph.D. from Brandeis University. He was the author of four books, including "Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism" and "What Do Jews Believe? The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism.”

Sadly, David passed away on June 16, 2018.  We will miss his masterful teaching, kind advice, and wise reflections. He was a beloved and gifted Me'ah Classic, Me'ah Select and Open Circle Jewish Learning teacher.

Along with Temple Emanuel of Newton, we will be hosting a night of learning in David's honor, on November 1 at 8 pm at Temple Emanuel.

Hamakom yenachem etchem btoch sh'ar aveilei Tzion V'Yerushalayim. May the memory of Dr. David Ariel z'l, be a blessing to all those who knew and loved him and may the Almighty comfort the bereaved family among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


Jay Berkowitz


Rabbi Jay R. Berkovitz, PhD

Jay Berkovitz is professor and chair of the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He earned his Ph.D. degree at Brandeis University and rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Dan Chanan in Jerusalem. Berkovitz's research and teaching focus on the early modern history of the Jews, with special emphasis on Jewish law, family, ritual and communal governance. He is the author of "Protocols of Justice: The Pinkas of the Rabbinic Court of Metz, 1771-1789" (Brill, 2014). Berkovitz has held visiting appointments at Bar Ilan University, University of Connecticut at Storrs, Yeshiva University and Hebrew University. In 2011-12, he was the Inaugural National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Scholar at the Center for Jewish History in New York. He currently serves as joint editor-in-chief of the journal Jewish History.

david bernat

David Bernat, PhD

David Bernat is executive director of Synagogue Council of Massachusetts and a lecturer in Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in biblical Interpretation from Brandeis University. Bernat is the author of “Sign of the Covenant: Circumcision in the Priestly Traditions,” and co-editor of “Religion and Violence: The Biblical Heritage.” He has been with the Me’ah program since 1997, and planned and led Me'ah's summer Israel Study tour.


Marc Brettler

Marc Brettler, PhD, H'15

Marc Brettler is the Bernice and Morton Lerner Chair of Religious Studies at Duke University. He was formerly the Dora Golding Professor of Bible in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, where he was awarded the Michael L. Walzer Teaching Prize. He is the author of many articles on literary and historical aspects of biblical texts, including being co-editor of "The Jewish Study Bible" (Oxford University Press; 2004), winner of a National Jewish Book Award in 2004. Brettler has been a Me'ah instructor since the program's inception.

shaye j.d. cohen

Rabbi Shaye J.D. Cohen, PhD

Shaye J. D. Cohen is an ordained rabbi and the Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. Before arriving at Harvard in 2001, he was for 10 years the Samuel Ungerleider Professor of Judaic Studies and professor of Religious Studies at Brown University. The focus of Cohen's research is the boundary between Jews and gentiles and between Judaism and its surrounding culture. He is also a published authority on Jewish reactions to Hellenism and to Christianity.

Reuven Cohn

Rabbi Reuven Cohn, JD, z'l

Reuven Cohn was an adult Jewish educator and an attorney. He was a veteran teacher in the Me'ah program and taught at Hebrew College and Maimonides School. He held rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University and a law degree from Yale, and did advanced graduate work in Jewish studies at Harvard University. Among his areas of interest were Jewish interpretations of the Bible, the literary development of the Mishnah and Talmud, and history of the prayer book.

Hebrew College and the Boston community greatly mourn his unexpected passing. To learn more about Reuven Cohn and his deep and lasting contributions to the Boston community, click here.

Rabbi Neal Gold speaking at podium

Rabbi Neal Gold

Neal Gold is a rabbi and committed teacher and prolific writer, as well as a dedicated counselor and social activist. In May 2018 he will receive his (second) MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Neal received smicha from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and for over 18 years served congregations in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He served as the Director of Content & Programming for ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America and was a delegate for ARZENU at the 37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem in October 2016. His writing and blogging on many issues of Jewish interest can be found at


leonard gordon

Rabbi Leonard Gordon, DMinistry

Rabbi Leonard Gordon recently joined the congregation of Temple Beth Sholom in Framingham as its new rabbi. For the 2018-19 Me'ah year, he will teach Me'ah Classic's "Bible" course at TBS this fall, and in the spring will present "Rabbinics" at Temple Emanuel in Newton and the Me'ah Select class "Shared Stories: The Afterlife of Biblical Heroes and Heroines in The New Testament and Quran" at Temple Isaiah in Lexington.

With rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, he has a BA and M Phil from Columbia University, and an MA in Religious Studies from Brown University. In 2018, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree at the Andover Newton Theological School.


Rachel Greenblatt

Rachel L. Greenblatt, PhD

Rachel L. Greenblatt teaches at Dartmouth College, and has previously taught at
Harvard and Wesleyan Universities. She holds a Ph.D. in Jewish History from the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and B.A. in History from Cornell.  She has
also studied biblical and rabbinic text at the Pardes Institute and at Matan -
the Sadie Rennert Women’s Institute for Torah Study, both in Jerusalem.

Rachel’s scholarship focuses on the cultural and social history of Jews in
central and eastern Europe. She is the author of To Tell Their Children:
Jewish Communal Memory in Early Modern Prague
(Stanford University Press,
2014), which incorporates a wide variety of material and textual sources in
reconstructing the ways in which Prague’s early modern Jews—women and men,
young and old—told their own stories of their communal past and familial


Lynne Heller

Lynne Heller, PhD

Lynne Heller combines a passion for the biblical text and wide-ranging knowledge of it with her academic background in comparative literature and Jewish studies. Deeply committed to teaching adults, she has taught in Hebrew College’s Kol Isha, as well as the Ma’ayan, CJP Genesis and Parenting Through a Jewish Lens programs. She has also taught Bible in the Rabbinical School. Heller holds a Ph.D in English and comparative literature from New York University and is a graduate of the MIDRASA, Hebrew Teachers College, established by the Yeshivah of Flatbush in New York City. Her essay, “Teaching to the Head and the Heart: The Power of Weeping,” was published in "Keeping Faith in Rabbis: A Community Conversation on Rabbinical Education" (Avenida Books, 2014).


Rabbi Yaakov Jaffee

Rabbi Yaakov Jaffee, PhD

Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Jaffe serves as the rabbi of the Maimonides Minyan and as the Director of the Tanach program and member of the Judaic Studies Faculty at Maimonides School. He received his ordination and
doctorate from Yeshiva University, where he holds graduate degrees in Bible, Jewish History, and Jewish Education.  Rabbi Jaffe has lectured and
written widely on topics in Bible, Medieval Jewish History, Jewish Education, and Jewish Law. Rabbi Jaffe's unique approach to Tanach, Tefillah, and Hebrew poetry is informed by his B.A. in English literature from Columbia University and the historicist approach to the study of ancient texts.


Dan Judson

Rabbi Dan Judson, PhD

Dan Judson is the director of professional development and placement at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. Before that, he 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. His articles on American Jewish history have appeared in various journals. Judson recently completed a doctoral candidate in Jewish history at Brandeis University, where his research focuses on the history of synagogues and money.


Rabbi Lila Kagedan

Rabbi Lila Kagedan is a dual Canadian and American citizen, the first Orthodox woman to adopt the title of rabbi. Rabbi Kagedan holds degrees and certificates from Midreshet Lindenbaum, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The University of Toronto, Harvard University, The Medstar Washington Hospital Center and Massachusetts General Hospital and is a Shalom Hartman Institute RLI fellow.  She is also a Hadassah Brandeis Institute-Gender, Culture, Religion and Law Research Associate. She was ordained in 2015, by Yeshivat Maharat and in early 2016 assumed a post at the New Jersey Orthodox synagogue Mount Freedom Jewish Center. She is now the senior rabbi at the Walnut Street Synagogue in Chelsea, MA. She is also the founder of the Sulam School in Brookline, MA. Rabbi Kagedan is an instructor of bioethics at New York Medical College and is a clinical ethicist as well as a chaplain in hospitals and hospices. She is currently studying for Yadin Yadin smicha.

Deeana Copeland Klepper

Deeana Copeland Klepper, PhD

Deeana Copeland Klepper is associate professor of religion and history at Boston University, where she teaches classes on Christianity, Judaism and Islam, especially in medieval context. Her research focuses on Christian and Jewish approaches to biblical interpretation and medieval Christian-Jewish encounter more generally. She is the author of “The Insight of Unbelievers: Nicholas of Lyra and Christian Reading of Jewish Texts in the Later Middle Ages” and a range of articles and essays. Keeper is currently working on a project that examines the intersections between Christian theological approaches to Jews and Judaism and the practical engagement between Christians and Jews in medieval European society. She holds a PhD in medieval European history from Northwestern University.


Ruth Langer, PhD

Ruth Langer is Professor of Jewish Studies in the Theology Department at Boston College and Associate Director of its Center for Christian-Jewish Learning. She received her Ph.D. in Jewish Liturgy in 1994 and her rabbinic ordination in 1986 from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.She writes and speaks in two major areas: the development of Jewish liturgy and ritual; and Christian-Jewish relations. Her newest book, Cursing the Christians?: A History of the Birkat HaMinim (Oxford University Press, December 2011) combines these two interests, tracing the history of a Jewish prayer that was, in its medieval forms, a curse of Christians.
She is also author of To Worship God Properly: Tensions between Liturgical Custom and Halakhah in Judaism, published in 1998 (Hebrew Union College Press; pbk 2005). She also co-edited Liturgy in the Life of the Synagogue (Eisenbrauns, 2005) and has published a long list of articles.

lori lefkovitz

Lori Hope Lefkovitz, PhD

Lori Hope Lefkovitz holds the Ruderman Chair in Jewish Studies at Northeastern University, where she is professor of English and director of both the Jewish studies program and the Humanities Center. Lefkovitz is a scholar of narrative and narrative theory and has published widely on the Hebrew Bible. She has taught at Kenyon College, the Reconstructionist Rabbincal College, Northeastern University and as scholar-in-residence throughout the Jewish community for several decades. She has published four books, the most recent of which, "In Scripture: The First Stories of Jewish Sexual Identities," was a finalist for the 2010 National Jewish Book Award in the category of women’s studies. Lefkovitz holds a Ph.D. from Brown University.

Shari Lowin

Shari Lowin, PhD

Shari Lowin is professor of religious studies at Stonehill College. She previously taught at the University of Chicago, Yeshiva University, Brooklyn College and in Ma'ayan. Lowin is fluent in Arabic and has researched and published on a number of topics comparing Judaism and Islam. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.


Maud Mandel

Maud Mandel, PhD

Maud Mandel is associate professor of Judaic studies and history at Brown University. She holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. She teaches courses on many aspects of modern Jewish history, including history of the Holocaust, Zionism and the birth of the state of Israel, and history of American Jews.

Natan Margalit

Rabbi Natan Margalit, PhD

Natan Margalit  is spiritual leader of The Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life, in western Connecticut, and visiting rabbi at Congregation Adas Yoshuron, in Rockville, Maine. After graduating from Reed College with a degree in anthropology, he went on to receive rabbinic ordination at The Jerusalem Seminary and earn a Ph.D. in Talmud from the University of California, Berkeley.


Jacob Meskin

Jacob Meskin, PhD

Jacob Meskin both teaches in and trains faculty for Hebrew College's Jewish adult-learning program, Me'ah, and is one of the co-authors of the curriculum for Parenting Through A Jewish Lens, in which he also teaches. In addition, he works as a consultant on adult Jewish education and teacher training in the Boston area.

Prior to joining Hebrew College, Meskin was the inaugural holder of the Ruderman Chair in Jewish Studies at Northeastern University and taught at Princeton University, Rutgers University, the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University, Williams College and Lehigh University. His articles have appeared in Modern Judaism, The Journal of Religion, Soundings, Levinas Studies, Judaism, Cross Currents and in several edited volumes.


rabbi jeremy morrison

Rabbi Jeremy S. Morrison

Jeremy S. Morrison has served since 2001 as rabbi at Temple Israel of Boston. In addition to his pulpit responsibilities, he currently directs Temple Israel’s education programs. Morrison is the founder of the Riverway Project, a nationally recognized synagogue-based outreach and engagement initiative for adults in their 20s and 30s. He was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and is currently a doctoral student at Brandeis University.

paul nahm

Paul E. Nahme, PhD

Paul Nahme is the Dorot Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies and assistant professor of religious studies at Brown University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and has studied rabbinic literature and Jewish law at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Nahme's research interests focus on modern Jewish philosophy and rabbinic thought, intellectual history, ethics, hermeneutics and the philosophy of law. His current book project examines the philosophy of Hermann Cohen in the context of late-19th-century Wilhelmine Germany and interrogates Cohen’s response to the philosophical problem of secularity for German-Jews living in a Protestant state.

nehemia polen

Rabbi Nehemia Polen, PhD

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.

simon rabinovitch

Simon Rabinovitch, PhD

Simon Rabinovitch teaches modern Jewish, European and Russian history at Boston University, and has served since 2010 as an associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. He is a graduate of McGill University and holds masters and doctoral degrees in comparative history from Brandeis University. 

 Rabinovitch’s published work has examined different aspects of Jewish intellectual history, Jewish politics in revolutionary Russia and the history of folklore and ethnography. He is also an occasional contributor to Haaretz (English) and an editor at The Marginalia Review of Books.


Or Rose

Rabbi Or Rose

Rabbi Or Rose is the Director of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership at Hebrew College. He is the creator of the weekly Torah commentary, "70 Faces of Torah" and the monthly column, "Can We Talk: A Jewish-Muslim Dialogue," both of which appear on the Huffington Post. He is also the co-editor of the award-winning anthology, "My Neighbor's Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation" (Orbis Books).

rabbi micha'el rosenberg 

Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg, PhD

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.

rabbi benjamin samuels

Rabbi Benjamin Samuels

Benjamin J. Samuels, a veteran Me'ah instructor, has been rabbi of Congregation Sha'arei Tefillah in Newton, Mass., since 1995. He holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in Bible and medieval Jewish history from Yeshiva University. Samuels is a Genesis Scholar at CJP and teaches broadly in the Greater Boston Jewish community. He recently completed a Ph.D. in religion and science at Boston University.


Jonathan Sarna

Jonathan D. Sarna

Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History in the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University and director of its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program.

Sarna attended Brandeis University, Hebrew College, Mercaz HaRav Kook in Jerusalem, Israel and Yale University, where he obtained his doctorate.  Sarna is regarded by Forward newspaper as one of the most prominent historians of American Judaism.

Sarna's book, American Judaism: A History, won a number of awards, including the National Jewish Book Award for 2004 and the Publishers Weekly Best Religion Book 2004 award.  Sarna is a contributor on religion to the joint project On Faith, the author of Lincoln and the Jews: A History, St. Martin's Press and is a member of The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute's Academic Advisory Board.

Michael Satlow

Michael Satlow, PhD 

Michael Satlow is professor of Judaic studies and religious studies at Brown University. He is the author of "Creating Judaism: History, Tradition, Practice" (Columbia University Press, 2006) and "How the Bible Became Holy" (Yale University Press, 2015).

Satlow holds a Ph.D. in ancient Judaism from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and has taught in the Me'ah program for the last decade. He has held fellowships from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Fulbright Scholar Program and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others.


Solomon Schimmel, PhD 

Dr. Solomon Schimmel, Professor of Education and Psychology at Hebrew College,  is the author of "The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth;" "Wounds Not Healed by Time: The Power of Repentance and Forgiveness;" and "The Seven Deadly Sins: Jewish, Christian and Classical Reflections on Human Psychology," (all published by Oxford University Press), and numerous articles and book chapters on Jewish thought, psychology of religion, and Jewish education.

He was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, England in 1998, has been a National Science Foundation Research Fellow at Harvard University, and a Visiting Professor at Brandeis, Bar-Ilan, and Hebrew Universities, and a Visiting Scholar at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

Meir Sendor

Rabbi Meir Sendor, PhD

Rabbi Meir Sendor has served for more than 20 years as spiritual leader of Young Israel of Sharon. He holds rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University and a doctorate in medieval Jewish history from Harvard University. Sendor lectures widely on Jewish history, philosophy, law and mysticism.

Jeffrey Shoulson

Jeffrey Shoulson, PhD

Jeffrey Shoulson is the Konover Chair in Judaic Studies, director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, and professor of literatures, cultures and languages at the University of Connecticut. He holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge and PhD from Yale University.

His scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in the medieval and early-modern periods, especially the ways in which Jews and Judaism are represented within Christian writings and Christianity influences or is thematized in Jewish writings.

adam teller

Adam Teller, PhD

Adam Teller is associate professor of history and Judaic studies at Brown University, where he teaches history of the Jews in Eastern Europe, the history of Jewish family, the development of modern Jewish mysticism and Hasidism, and Jewish popular culture.

Prior to joining Brown in 2010, he was on the faculty of the University of Haifa. Teller is a graduate of Oxford University and holds a Ph.D. in modern Jewish history from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


Aaron Tillman, PhD

Aaron Tillman is a fiction writer, Associate Professor of English at Newbury College, and Director of Newbury's Honors Program. His short story collection, Every Single Bone in My Brain, was published by Braddock Avenue Books in July of 2017. Aaron received a Short Story Award for New Writers from Glimmer Train Stories and won First Prize in the Nancy Potter Short Story Contest at University of Rhode Island. Two pieces of his flash fiction were nominated for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions of 2015 anthology, and his novel was a finalist in the 2016 Molly Ivors Prize for Fiction.

His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Mississippi Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Sou'Wester, upstreet, The Tishman Review, The Madison Review, Arcadia Magazine, The Carolina Quarterly, great weather for MEDIA, Prick of the Spindle, Burrow Press Review, and elsewhere. He has recorded two stories for broadcast on the Words & Music program at Tufts University and another for Functionally Literate Radio. His essays have appeared in The Writer's Chronicle, Studies in American Humor, Symbolism, The CEA Critic, and The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America(Mythopoeic 2009).

Adam Verskin

Alan Verskin, PhD

Alan Verskin is an assistant professor of history at the University of Rhode Island. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and an M.A. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is active in both formal and informal Jewish education.

His academic work ranges in topic from nineteenth-century Yemen to medieval Spain, and from Islamic law to Jewish philosophy. He is an avid translator of Arabic, Judeo-Arabic, and Hebrew.

Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish

Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish

Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish is pursuing a doctorate in Talmud at Harvard University and directs Boston’s Teen Beit Midrash. A graduate
of the Pardes Educators Program, she has taught Tanakh, Talmud, and Jewish Law in numerous settings including Yeshivat Hadar, Harvard University, Hebrew
College, and the National Havurah Committee's summer institute.

Her specific interests include rabbinic approaches to Shabbat, gender, parenting, and education, and her article, “Upending the Curse of Eve: Reframing Maternal
Breastfeeding in Bavli Ketubot” was published in 2017. Miriam-Simma revels in
the process of learning Torah with and from her students.