Vanessa L. Ochs is the Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies and associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. A recipient of a fellowship in creative writing from the National Endowment of the Arts, she is author of several books, coauthor of The Jewish Dream Book: The Key to Opening the Inner Meaning of Your Dreams, and co-editor, with Rabbi Irwin Kula, of The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices: CLAL's Guide to Everyday&Holiday Rituals&Blessings (both Jewish Lights).
Vanessa L. Ochs is available to speak on the following topics:
- Jewish Ritual Innovation
- Jewish Feminism
- What Makes a Jewish Home Jewish
- Raising Kids with Jewish Values
Rabbi Irwin Kula is president of CLAL—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leading voice for religious pluralism in the Jewish community. A sought-after speaker, he was named by the PBS program Religion&Ethics Newsweekly as one of the "10 People to Watch" helping to shape the American spiritual landscape. Fast Company magazine listed him as one of the seventeen new economy leaders, and Forward newspaper named him one of the top fifty Jewish leaders in America. He received his rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, PhD, is Director of Organizational Development
at CLAL. He was ordained at the St. Louis Rabbinical College and received his
Ph.D. in Psychology from St. Louis University and his Ph.D. in Philosophy
from Washington University.
Rabbi Daniel Silberman Brenner is a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL. He received his M.A. in Hebrew Letters and his ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
Shari Cohen, PhD, is a Senior Fellow at CLAL. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Shari Cohen, PhD, is a Senior Fellow at CLAL. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rabbi Niles E. Goldstein, formerly a CLAL Steinhardt Senior Fellow, received his M.A. from and was ordained at Hebrew Union College.
Michael Gottsegen, PhD, is Director of Internet Programs at CLAL. He received his PhD in Political Theory from Columbia University and is completing his PhD in Religion at Harvard University.
Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, PhD, is President Emeritus and co-founder of CLAL. He received ordination from Beth Joseph Rabbinical Seminary and his PhD in History from Harvard University.
Rabbi Steven Greenberg is a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL. He received
his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of
Rabbi Brad Hirschfield is Director of Leadership and Communities at CLAL. He received ordination from the Institute of Traditional Judaism and his M.A. and M.Phil. in Ancient Jewish History from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Janet R. Kirchheimer is Director of Community Development and Assistant to the President of CLAL. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from Central Connecticut State College.
David Kraemer, PhD, is a CLAL Associate. He received his M.A. and PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Rabbi Jennifer E. Krause is a CLAL Associate. She received her M.A. in Hebrew Literature from and was ordained at Hebrew Union College.
Rabbi Benay Lappe was a CLAL Spielberg Fellow and is a CLAL Associate. She received an M.A. in Rabbinic Literature and ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Rabbi Natan Margalit, PhD, is the director of the Oraita Institute for Continuing Rabbinic Education of Hebrew College, and assistant professor of rabbinics at Hebrew College. His writings on rabbinic literature and on Judaism and the environment have appeared in several academic and popular journals.
Rabbi David Nelson, PhD, is a Senior CLAL Associate. He received his ordination from Hebrew Union College and his Ph.D. in Midrash from New York University.
Rabbi Rachel T. Sabath is a CLAL Associate. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College. She is completing a Ph.D. in Jewish Philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Robert Rabinowitz, PhD, is a Senior Fellow at CLAL. He received his PhD in Philosophy from London University.
Andrew Silow-Carroll was a CLAL Spielberg Fellow. He received his B.A. in English from the State University of New York at Albany.
Rabbi Lawrence Troster was a CLAL Steinhardt Fellow. He received his M.A. and his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams, PhD, an award-winning Jewish educator, is widely recognized for making the study of Judaism and its sacred texts accessible and relevant to our everyday lives. She is the founder and director of Maqom: A School for Adult Talmud Study (www.maqom.com) and a recipient of the Covenant Award for outstanding performance in the field of Jewish education. She teaches through the ALEPH rabbinic program and is author of Learn Talmud and Talmud for Beginners, among other books about Talmud and prayer. She is a popular speaker on the topics of Jewish learning and sacred literature.