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Curriculum Overview

The Straus Center offers a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Political and Social Thought consisting of five courses. Courses cover topics in Jewish political and social thought, including Jewish ideas and American democracy, Judaism and art, the history and evolution of modern Zionism, and civic and religious conceptions of law. 

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Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik

Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik is director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and rabbi at Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan. He graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva College, received his semikha from RIETS, and was a member of its Beren Kollel Elyon. In 2010, he received his doctorate in religion from Princeton University. He is the author of Providence and Power: Ten Portraits in Jewish Statesmanship, a book devoted to ten of the most consequential Jewish leaders in history. His essays on these subjects have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,  Commentary, First Things, Azure, Tradition, and the Torah U-Madda Journal.


Dr. Neil Rogachevsky

Dr. Neil Rogachevsky is associate director and assistant professor at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University, where he teaches and researches Israel studies and the history of political thought. His first book, Israels Declaration of Independence: The History and Political Theory of Israel's Founding Moment was published through the Cambridge University Press in 2023. He received his PhD in history from the University of Cambridge in 2014. 

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