Stern College for Women

Rabbi Kenneth Auman

Rabbi Kenneth Auman has been an adjunct professor of Jewish studies at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University since 1993. Rabbi Auman is also spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Flatbush, where he has served since 1984. Rabbi Auman is well known among his congregants and students for his warmth, humor and impressive scholarship, and has become a highly sought-after speaker in history, halakha and hashkafa. In addition to his rabbinical and teaching roles, Rabbi Auman is active in many community causes. Rabbi Auman has served as president of the Vaad Harabonim of Flatbush, established the Kehillah Kashrus Rabbinical Board, served as rabbinic advisor to the Get organization, was president of the Rabbinical Council of America and has played an important role in maintaining the Flatbush eruv. Rabbi Auman earned a BA in Jewish studies at Yeshiva College and an MA in medieval Jewish history from Bernard Revel Graduate School in Jewish Studies. He received both Yadin Yadin and Yoreh Yoreh semikha from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Rabbi Auman previously served as spiritual leader of Young Israel of Stamford and Inwood Jewish Center. He began his teaching career at SAR Academy in the Bronx and Ramaz Upper School in Manhattan. Sample Titles ISRAEL: The modern State as heir to the ancient kingdom May one go on the Har Habayit? Does arguing with G-d make any sense? The Mitzvah of chessed Shidduchim, Bashert, and dating The Jewish wedding ceremony How does prayer work? The seudat havra’ah and other cheerful topics What’s in a name? Attempting to be an honest employer or employee Receiving blessings from angels Family Dynamics Dreams and their significance The mitzvoth of Yibbum and chalitza – Jewish continuity Kavod hamet Reward and Punishment: Is the World Fair? The Halachic Obligations of Non- Jews How Much Are We Influenced by our Surroundings? The Mitzvah of Living and Settling in the Land of Israel Does Gd Judge us on Our Present or on Our Future? Halachic...

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Dr. Moshe Bernstein

Dr. Moshe Bernstein is a professor of Bible at Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University. He also taught at Stern College for Women for 20 years. His teaching encompasses both basic and advanced courses, ranging from Introduction to Bible, Biblical Hebrew and Classical Jewish Intellectual History to specialized courses in Literary Approaches to the Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Biblical Interpretation. Dr. Bernstein’s research focuses primarily on Jewish biblical interpretation in antiquity, particularly as witnessed in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Aramaic targumim (translations of the Hebrew Bible into Aramaic). His publications in these areas have earned him international recognition as a distinguished scholar. Dr. Bernstein is a member of the international editorial team responsible for editing and publishing the Dead Sea Scrolls, and in 2001 co-edited three fragmentary Dead Sea Scrolls in the official publication series “Discoveries in the Judean Desert.” In addition to his academic and scholarly activities, Dr. Bernstein is a frequent lecturer on a variety of aspects of Tanakh and Judaism in antiquity at synagogues in the New York area and across the country. Dr. Bernstein is a graduate of Yeshiva College and received his semikha (rabbinic ordination) at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He holds MA and PhD degrees from Fordham University in classical languages. Dr. Bernstein also received a master’s degree in Semitic languages from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, where he later did advanced graduate work in biblical studies. Sample Titles Literary Approaches to Tenakh Biblical Thought: Lamentations, Ecclesiastes (Kohelet), Psalms The Text of Tenakh from Before the Ba’alei Mesorah to Printed Editions Translations of the Bible from the Targumim to ArtScroll The Earliest Biblical Interpretation – Reading the Bible Before There Were Commentaries Medieval Jewish Biblical Interpretation Second Temple Jewish History and...

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Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Cohen

Rabbi Mordechai Z. Cohen is professor of Bible and associate dean of the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. He has written a number of seminal studies in both Hebrew and English on Jewish biblical interpretation (parshanut ha-miqra) in its cultural settings, particularly its interface with Arabic poetics, Muslim jurisprudence and modern literary approaches to the Bible. Recognized as a leading authority in this field, he lectures regularly at academic conferences in the United States, Europe and Israel. His first book, “Three Approaches to Biblical Metaphor: From Abraham Ibn Ezra and Maimonides to David Kimhi,” was published by Brill Academic Press in 2003 and was re-issued in a second edition in 2008. His second book, “Opening the Gates of Interpretation: Maimonides’ Biblical Exegesis in Light of His Geonic-Andalusian Heritage and Muslim Milieu,” will be published by Brill in 2010. Rabbi Cohen graduated from Yeshiva College in 1987, was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1990 and received his PhD at Revel in 1994. Sample Titles Jonah’s Struggle with God: Literary Perspectives New trends in the study of the History of Biblical Interpretation From New Heart to Broken Heart: Penitence (Teshuva) in Psalm 51 Tehillim (Psalms) As Poetry Maimonides and Moses Ibn Ezra: How Arabic Poetics and Muslim Jurisprudence Illuminate Sacred Hebrew Text Joy With Tears: Celebrating the Return to Zion in Psalm 126 Bible and Literary Criticism: In Memory of Nehama Leibowitz Spirit and Soul: What Makes Hebrew the Sacred Tongue Kedusha, Perishut, Ve-‘Achdut: Separation and Unity in Holiness Malbim’s Reaction to the Literary Method in Biblical Exegesis Nahmanides’ Commentary and Thought, nine-lecture series Literary Perceptions in Medieval Biblical Commentaries Literary Artistry in the Book of Jonah Literary Artistry and the Theology of Hesed in the Book of Ruth, two-lecture series What Does Maimonides Really Say About Peshuto Shel Miqra Biblical Interpretation Between Cultures: New Scholarship on the Traditional Commentators; eight-lecture series New Approaches to Parshanut ha-Miqra (Biblical interpretation) in modern scholarship...

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Dr. Chuck Freilich

Dr. Chuck Freilich served as deputy national security adviser in Israel. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Stern College for Women and a senior fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He recently completed a first-of-its-kind book on Israel’s national security decision making processes (“Zion’s Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy,” Cornell Press, 2012), and is working on a new book on Israeli national security strategy. Chuck’s primary areas of expertise are the Middle East, US-Middle East policy and Israeli national security policy. He teaches political science at Harvard, NYU, Columbia and Tel Aviv Universities. Chuck has appeared as a commentator for ABC, CNN, NPR, Al Jezeera and various US and Israeli radio and TV stations. He has been quoted in the NY Times and published numerous articles and op-eds. Chuck was a Senior Analyst at the Israel Ministry of Defense, policy adviser to a cabinet minister, a delegate at the Israeli Mission to the UN and the executive director of two non- profits. He served in the Israel Defense Forces for five years and is a reserve major. Chuck earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Born in New York, he immigrated to Israel in his teens. He has two grown children, Lior and Tal. Sample Titles The Iranian Nuclear Threat: Ramifications for the US, Israel and the Region Speaking About the Unspeakable: The US-Israeli Dialogue on the Iranian Nuclear Program “Never Again” – The Iranian Threat and a Mid East Strategic Overview Syria: the Fault Line in the Mideast – Ramifications for the US, Israel and the Region How Events in Syria May Transform the Region Understanding the Syrian Conflagration and Its Ramifications The Arab Spring: Ramifications for the Region, Israel and the US Why the Middle East Erupted – and Why it Will Continue to Do So The Arab Spring – Where Is It Heading Is the Mid East Peace Process Dead? Can the Peace Process Be Saved? Achieving a Two-State Solution Settlements...

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Dr. Eric Goldman

Eric A. Goldman is adjunct associate professor of cinema at Yeshiva University. He is also founder and president of Ergo Media Inc., a New Jersey-based film distribution company specializing in Jewish cinema. Dr. Goldman is also film reviewer for Northern New Jersey’s “The Jewish Standard.” Dr. Goldman is a known scholar and lecturer on Yiddish, Israeli and Jewish film and a noted film educator. He is former director of the Jewish Media Service, which was a national clearinghouse on film and television for the North American Jewish community and was curator of film for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. He has also curated several Jewish film festivals, including the Ring Family Israel Film Series at Y.U. in Spring, 2012 Eric Goldman received a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University and was a fellow of the Max Weinreich Center for Eastern European Jewish Studies at Columbia University. He was also adjunct fellow in cinema at The Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Goldman holds graduate degrees in Contemporary Jewish Studies and Theater Arts from Brandeis University. He is the author of “Visions, Images and Dreams: Yiddish Film Past and Present” (Holmes and Meier Publishers, 2011) and a new book about the American Jewish encounter with cinema, “The American Jewish Story through Cinema,” published in April by University of Texas Press. Sample Titles The American Jewish Story through Cinema A Lens on Israel: A Society through its Cinema Reflecting and Affecting Memory: Cinema as a Haggadah for the Holocaust The Jewish Woody Allen: Gaining Insight through the Genius of a Controversial Philosopher The Yiddish Cinema: A Celebration of Jewish Life The Culture of Antisemitism in Cinema The New Yiddish Cinema: Renaissance or Curiosity? Hollywood Zion: How American Movie-Makers Presented in...

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Rabbi Meir Goldwicht

Rabbi Meir Goldwicht, a prominent Israeli scholar and educator, is the Joel and Maria Finkle Visiting Israeli Rosh Yeshiva and a rosh yeshiva at the Yeshiva Program/Mazer School of Talmudic Studies at Yeshiva University. He is also head rosh yeshiva at the Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program. Rabbi Goldwicht received semikha from the renowned rabbinic authorities Rabbi Zalman Nehemia Goldberg, former Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem HaRav HaGaon Betzallel Zolti and Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, HaRav Rashi of Israel. Rabbi Goldwicht delivers Hebrew and English shiurim (lectures) extensively across the metropolitan area, throughout the United States and in Israel, including weekly evening shiurim in 5 New York area communities. He has delivered more than 1,000 inspiring shiurim every year to grateful audiences. Rabbi Goldwicht is also rosh kollel at Camp Mesorah. Sample Titles Chazal’s Perspective on Daily Life Situations The Secret of the Strength and Power of our People, from Megillat Esther Until Today Greek Culture Then and Now Yerushalayim Kisei Hashem, Yesterday and Today in the Perspective of Chazal...

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Dr. Chaya Gorsetman

Chaya R. Gorsetman, Ed.D is Clinical Associate Professor of Education and Co-Chair of the Education Department at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University. She specializes in supervision of student teachers and curriculum studies, with a strong emphasis on the constructivist theory of education. Her research has focused on mentoring novice teachers in Jewish day schools and as the Educational Director of the Educational Leadership Advancement Initiative of the Lookstein Center of Bar Ilan University, she has been mentoring those in educational leadership positions. Additionally, she is interested in how gender is expressed in day schools and as such served as the director and co-author of the JOFA Gender and Orthodoxy Curriculum Project, Bereshit: A New Beginning— A Differentiated Approach to Learning and Teaching. More recently, she co-authored a book, Educating in the Divine Image: Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools, published October 2013, Hadassa Brandies, which won the 2013 National Jewish Book Award. Dr. Gorsetman is a member of the Israel International Research Group on Jewish Education in the Early Years. Sample Titles Communicating Effectively with Young Children Transmitting Jewish Values to Young Children Jewish Schools: Make the Right Choice for Your Child Gender in Early Childhood Education Gender Culture Differences in Teaching Bible The Importance of Play in the Lives of Children and Adults Creating an Inquiry based Jewish Early Childhood Classroom Mentors and Mentees: Building the Relationship Mentoring the Mentor in the Jewish Educational Community: A Case...

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Dr. Naomi Grunhaus

Dr. Naomi Grunhaus is an Associate Professor in the Rebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies at Stern College. Her book on the interplay between peshat and derash in Rabbi David Kimhi’s biblical commentaries will be published in Summer 2012 by Oxford University Press. In addition, Dr. Grunhaus is a devoted teacher, who has been teaching Tanach and methodology of biblical interpretation for more than twenty-five years. In an effort to include students in her research, she has twice mentored students who were awarded Yeshiva University’s Summer Research Grants. She has twice received a Ms. E. Billi Ivry Faculty Research Incentive Award and was also the recipient of the Murray and Madeleine Baumel Faculty Incentive Award. Dr. Grunhaus is a frequent presenter at scholarly conferences, most recently presenting a paper at an international conference at Haifa University (May 2011). She has also authored scholarly articles, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries. Dr. Grunhaus received her PhD in Jewish Studies from New York University, MA and MS degrees from New York University, and a BS from Brooklyn College. Sample Titles Avram Avinu and the Ten Trials of Faith ’Sheep Being Led to the Slaughter’: Jewish interpretation of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53 Using Internet Resources for Research in Jewish Studies: Discussion and Demonstration The Significance of Peshat Comments that Contradict Halakhah Shemitat Kesafim: Cancellation of Debts after the Shemittah Year Ephraim and Menashe: One Shevet or Two? Form without Substance: Fasting and Rituals in Prophetic...

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Dr. Jeffrey S. Gurock

Dr. Jeffrey S. Gurock is the Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University. He is the author or editor of 14 books, including “Orthodox Jews in America,” “Judaism’s Encounter With American Sports,” and “American Jewish Orthodoxy in Historical Perspective.” His “A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy and American Judaism” (Columbia University Press, 1997) was awarded the bi-annual Saul Viener Prize from the American Jewish Historical Society for the best book written in that field. Dr. Gurock is chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society and served from 1982 to 2002 as associate editor of “American Jewish History,” the leading academic journal in that field. Sample Titles American Judaism’s Contemporary Scoreboard From Ancient Face-Offs through Medieval Time-Outs: Jewish History and the Culture of Sports Jewish Harlem: Past and Present Reaching American Jewry’s Millennial Generation American Orthodoxy’s Era of Non-Observance How Frum Was Rabbi Jacob Joseph’s Court? A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community An American Jewish Conspiracy Theory: Dr. Bernard Revel, Yeshiva and the Jewish Theological Seminary (A Text Study Workshop) The Religious Values of American Jews: Historically Reconsidered (A Text Study Workshop) The Voices of Immigrant Jewish Masses (A Text Study...

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Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff

Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff serves on the Judaic studies faculty of Stern College for Women. Originally from London, England, Rabbi Hajioff graduated with honors in political science from Manchester University. After working for two years for MTV in news production, and winning the national competition ‘Jewish Stand-Up Comedian’ of the Year, Rabbi Hajioff traveled to study in Israel and then Monsey to receive his rabbinical smicha ordination from Yeshiva Ohr Somayach. Rabbi Hajioff has worked extensively with young Jewish drug addicts, and in 2004 received an award from the Town of Ramapo for his work on their behalf. In 2005 Rabbi Hajioff joined the faculty of Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University. In 2006 he received the “Professor of the Year” award in Judaic Studies from the senior year students at Stern. Rabbi Hajioff also works for Birthright Israel in New York as their official Rabbi and educational director. He has been instrumental in implementing programs for Birthright Israel in Manhattan such as the very successful adult bar and bat mitzvah program which some four hundred people have completed so far. He also leads trips to Israel and Poland three times annually for some three hundred participants. Rabbi Hajioff also teaches on the Mechina Introductory Judaic studies program at Stern College. This program includes Shabbatonim on and off campus, and a summer learning program in Israel at the YU campus. He teaches introductory Judaic studies courses, which cover all the foundations of Jewish thought, as well as a lower intermediate level course covering all the Jewish holidays, and an intermediate level course on the Sabbath. He has developed a new course introducing kabbalistic ideas in Jewish thought. Sample Titles The Five Levels of Pleasure Four Misconceptions Jews Have About Judaism Children – Planting and Building; Bringing up Healthy Children in Today’s Technological World. Finding Inspiration in a Hectic World Do Jews Believe in G-d War – What is it Good For? Israel – Whose Land Is It Anyway? Health...

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