Faculty of Bernard Revel Graduate School


Joseph Angel, Associate Professor of Jewish History
PhD, New York University
Second Temple history and literature

David Berger, Ruth & I. Lewis Gordon Professor of Jewish History
PhD, Columbia University
Jewish intellectual history; Jewish-Christian relations; Messianism and Messianic movements; Jewish attitudes toward general culture

Mordechai Cohen, Professor of Bible and Associate Dean; Divisional Coordinator of Academic Jewish Studies, Yeshiva College
PhD, Yeshiva University
Medieval biblical interpretation; connections with Arabic poetics and medieval Hebrew poetry; Muslim jurisprudence and Jewish legal exegesis; modern literary approaches to the Bible

Jonathan Dauber, Associate Professor of Jewish Mysticism and Director of Ph.D. Program
PhD, New York University
Kabbalah and Hasidism; Jewish mysticism and esotericism, interface between Kabbalah and Jewish philosophy, Jewish messianism

Steven Fine, Dean Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History
PhD, Hebrew University
Jewish life in Greco-Roman times; art history

Naomi Grunhaus, Associate Professor of Bible
PhD, New York University
Medieval Jewish biblical exegesis; peshat as compared to rabbinic received traditions

Jeffrey S. Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History
PhD, Columbia University
American Jewish history, with emphasis on social and religious history; modern Jewish history

Richard Hidary, Associate Professor of Jewish History
PhD, New York University
History of the Rabbis and their Greco-Roman Context; Second Temple and Rabbinic Literature

Shalom Holtz, Professor of Bible
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Mesopotomian literature and law and their relationship to biblical and post-biblical literature

Elazar Hurvitz, Professor of Bible; Dr. Samuel Belkin Chair in Judaic Studies
PhD, Yeshiva University
Halakhic and midrashic literature; Geonic literature; Genizah research

Ephraim Kanarfogel, E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature and Law;
PhD, Yeshiva University
Medieval Jewish history; history of halakhah; history of educational theory and practice; intellectual cross-currents between Ashkenaz and Sefarad; pietism and mysticism in rabbinic culture

Joshua Karlip, Associate Professor of Jewish History, Herbert S. and Naomi Denenberg Chair in Jewish Studies
PhD, Jewish Theological Seminary
Eastern European Jewish History, Jewish Nationalism, Modern Yiddish Culture, Jewish Intellectual Responses to Nazism, Jewish Religious Life in the Soviet Union, Lithuanian Jewry

Aaron Koller, Professor of Bible and Assistant Dean of Yeshiva College
PhD, Yeshiva University
Near Eastern languages, semantics and lexicography, archaeology and texts, intellectual and cultural histories of antiquity

Ari Mermelstein, Associate Professor of Bible and Second Temple Literature
PhD, New York University
Ancient Jewish history, conceptions of history in the second Temple period; emotion in ancient Judaism

Jess Olson, Associate Professor of Jewish History
PhD, Stanford University
Modern East and Central European Jewry; German-Jewish history and thought; Austro-Hungarian Jewry; modern Jewish intellectual history; history of Jewish politics and nationalism

Ronnie Perelis, Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Chair in Sephardic Studies; Associate Professor of Sephardic Studies
PhD, New York University
Jews in the medieval and early modern Iberian world; Inquisition and Crypto-Judaism; autobiography and travel literature; Sephardic diasporas; Jewish presence in Latin America

Daniel Rynhold, Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Dean 
PhD, London School of Economics
Modern Jewish philosophy; Nietzsche and Jewish philosophy; approaches to Ta'amei ha-Mitzvot; the philosophy of Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik

Joshua Zimmerman, Eli and Diana Zborowski Professorial Chair in Holocaust Studies and East European Jewish History; Professor of History
PhD, Brandeis University
Jewish social and national movements in Eastern Europe; Jewish culture in Eastern Europe; Holocaust studies

Senior Adjunct Faculty

Elisheva Carlebach, Visiting Professor of History
PhD, Columbia University
History of early modern European Jewry

Barry Eichler, Visiting Professor of Bible and Cuneiform Studies
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Application of Mesopotamian literature to the study of the Bible

Sid Z. Leiman, Visiting Professor of Jewish History and Literature
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Bible; history of biblical exegesis; early modern Jewish intellectual history

Daniel Tsadik, Visiting Professor of Sephardic and Iranian Studies
PhD, Yale University
History of the Jews in Islamic lands; Modern Iran; Shi'i Islam; Iran's religious minorities; Iran's Jewry