The Quest For Holiness

Conference Speakers' Bios


Rabbi Elie Abadi, MD is the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Torah in Brooklyn. He received his MD from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 1990. Since 1995, he has had a private practice in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. In 2000, he was appointed Medical Director of the Beth Israel Medical Center-Williamsburg Family Health Center.

Justice Myriam J. Altman is an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, Second Department, since 1994. Prior to her appointment by Governor Cuomo, she served as a Judge in the Civil Court of the City of New York from 1978 to 1987; acting Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York from 1979 to 1987; and Justice of the Supreme Court of New York from 1987 to 1993. Justice Altman received her BA from Barnard College and her JD from New York University School of Law. She is currently the chair of In-House Continuing Legal Education for the Appellate Division, Second Department and serves on the Law Guardian Advisory Committee of the Office of Court Administration.

Rabbi Hayyim Angel is Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. He received his BA, MA and MS from Yeshiva University; semicha from RIETS. He is Adjunct Instructor of Bible at Yeshiva. His publications include: Sephardic and Ashkenazic Minhagim of the High Holidays: Reflections on Different Philosophies of Repentance and Seeking Good, Speaking Peace: Collected Essays of Rabbi Marc D. Angel.

Rabbi Marc D. Angel is Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagaogue of New York (founded in 1654). He received his BA, MS, and PhD from Yeshiva University; rabbinic ordination from the REITS and an MA from the City College of New York. He is founder and honorary president of Sephardic House and past president of the Rabbinical Council of America. His books include The Orphaned Adult; Confronting the Death of a Parent, and Voices in Exile: A study in Sephardic Intellectual History. He has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel. He is married to Gilda Angel. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Wendy Wisan Baker earned a BA from Barnard College, an MA from City College of New York and an MBA from New York University. She is a 28-year veteran of the Lincoln Square Synagogue Women's Tefilla Group and is currently studying at the Drisha Institute. She developed and runs the food and clothing reclamation programs at Lincoln Square Synagogue.

Dr. Steven Bayme serves as Director of the Contemporary Jewish Life Department of the American Jewish Committee. He holds a degree in History from Yeshiva University and an MA and PhD in Jewish History from Columbia University. He is currently visiting Professor of Social Sciences at Yeshiva University and is visiting Associate Professor of History at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has lectured across the country and has also taught at Hebrew Union College and Queens College. Most recently, he has completed a volume entitled Understanding Jewish History: Texts and Commentary for use in adult education. He is in Riverdale with his wife and three children.

Dr. Adda Ben-Sasson is the Medical Director of the Jerusalem district of Kupat Holim Klalit. She recieved her medical degree from Hadassah Medical School of Hebrew University and her MBA in Health Care Administration from the Hebrew University School of Public Health. She is a family physician and serves on the Helsinki Committee of Hadassah Hospital. She is married with three children and a grandchild.

Menachem Ben-Sasson is the Rector of Hebrew University since 1997, where he received his PhD and has served as Professor. His research projects have included: Medieval Jewish history in Muslim lands; the impact of Maimonides and his descendents on Medieval Eastern Jewry; Tradition and change among Jews of the Muslim world in the Early Middle Ages in light of Saadya Gaon's social and literary activity.

Dr. Jay R. Berkovitz is Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he directs the Center for Jewish Studies. He earned his PhD in Jewish History at Brandeis University and has published widely on the Jews of France in the revolutionary period. His most recent work focuses on the history of halachah at the threshold of modernity. A new book entitled Rites and Passages: The Making of Jewish Culture in Modern France, is scheduled to appear in Israel in the next year.

Rabbi Saul J. Berman is the founder and Director of Edah and a leading Orthodox teacher and thinker. He was ordained at Yeshiva University, from which he also received his BA and his MHL. He received a JD from New York University School of Law, and an MA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. The Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley from 1963 to 1969, he was an early leader in the Soviet Jewry movement and an active participant in the Civil Rights movement. He is currently Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Stern College, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Judaic Studies from 1971-1984. He is also Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of Law, where he teaches a seminar in Jewish Law. He is married to Shellee Berman and they have four children and a son-in-law.

Rabbi Scot A. Berman is Principal of Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, NJ. He has smicha from Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, IL and holds a Masters in Curriculum Instruction from Loyola University in Chicago. He is married to Esther Merorsdorf and they have four children.

Rabbi Jack Bieler is the Rabbi of the Kemp Mill Synagogue in Silver Spring, MD and serves on the faculty of the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, MD. He has been involved in Jewish education on multiple levels for 27 years and has written extensively on the philosophy of Jewish education. He is married and has four children.

Rabbi David Bigman is Rosh Yeshiva, dean of Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa; founder, instructor and board member of one of the first women's yeshivot located on Kibbutz Ein HaNatziv; and chairman of the non-political branch of Meimad. He is one of the architects of the Shiluv program (combining Yeshiva study with full army service) and a former Rosh Yeshiva of Ein Tsorim of the religious kibbutz movement. He received his bachelors degree from Wayne State University, attended Yeshivat Beit Midrash for Torah in Skokie and Yeshiva of Detroit. Having made aliyah upon college graduation, he served in the Israel Defense Forces, and was a student at Mercaz HaRav and at Yeshivat Netzach Yisrael.

Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard is the Director of Organizational Development at CLAL - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. In addition to his Rabbinic Ordination (Orthodox), he holds PhD's in Psychology and Philosophy. Tsvi has been a professor of philosophy, the director of the Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago and a practicing clinical and organizational psychologist. He has taught at Washington, Northwestern and Loyola Universities, and the Drisha Institute, the Jewish Theological Seminary Lerhaus and the Wexner Heritage Foundation. His recent publications include How Stories Heal; and After Eden: The Search for the Holy in a Consumer Society.

Dr. Alan Brill is Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva College and BRGS. He was ordained at RIETS and completed a Ph.D. at Fordham University. He is the author of the forthcoming book "Thinking God: The Intellectual Mysticism and Spiritual Psychology of R. Zadok HaKohen of Lublin." Dr. Brill lectures widely on a many topics relating to Jewish thought and spirituality.

Rabbi Michael Broyde is an Associate Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law and the Academic Director of the Law and Religion Program at Emory University. He was ordained (Yoreh Yoreh Ve Yadin Yadin) as a rabbi at Yeshiva University and is the founding Rabbi of Young Israel of Toco Hills, Atlanta and a member (Dayan) of the Bet Din, the largest Jewish law court in America. He was its director from 1997-1998.

Mark Charendoff is the Vice President of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies; Executive Vice President of the Birthright Israel Foundation; and chair of the Birthright Israel Post- Programming Committee. Mark received his bachelor of Hebrew Letters and rabbinic ordination at the Darche Noam College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He was director of Judaic cultural development at the Jewish Community Center of Toronto, during which time he founded the Institute of Jewish Learning. Most recently he served as Director of Jewish Educational Services for the JCC Association of North America. He serves as an officer of Edah and on the board of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE).

Ricky Cohen is chairman of CohenLierman Courageouslearning, an educational company teaching personal excellence to corporations, educational institutions and government. He is Vice Chairman of Conway Stores, and an author and educator. He earned his management and accounting degrees from New York University. Ricky has received numerous academic and business honors and sits on the boards of several philanthropic organizations.

Shelley Cohen is an active advocate for the inclusion of special needs children in Jewish educational and recreational environments. A member of the boards of directors of the New Jersey YM/YWHA Camps, and of the Beit Issie Shapiro School for the Developmentally and Physically Disabled in Ra'nanna, Israel, Ms. Cohen was one of the founders of Kesher, LD, a multi-school special needs program in Florida. Ms. Cohen was active in the Jewish community as Congressional Liaison at the Coalition to Free Soviet Jews and as Director of Israel Affairs at the JCRC of Greater New York.

Rabbi Mark Dratch is rabbi of Congregation Agudath Sholom, Stamford, CT and teaches at the Isaac Breuer College of Yehiva University. He lectures and publishes in areas of contemporary issues in Jewish law and ethics, with a special interest in the area of domestic violence.

Dr. Yaffa Eliach is a pioneering scholar in Holocaust studies, and the creator of the permanent exhibit, Tower of Life at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her book, There Once Was A World; A 900- Year Chronicle of the Shtetl of Eisshyshok, recounts the history of the shtetl portrayed in the Tower of Life Exhibit. The PBS documentary There Was Once A Town is based on her book and exhibit. She authored Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust. She is a Professor in the Department of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College and President and founder of the Shtetl Foundation, which is building a full size replica of a shtetl in Israel.

Leo A. Esses is a sales and marketing consultant who has written and produced two full length plays dealing with major Jewish and universal themes. He attended Bernard Revel Graduate School at Yeshiva University and has been teaching informally for over twenty years.

Marilyn Finkelman earned a BA in Religion from Barnard College and a JD from Wayne State university. After years of teaching first-year law students Legal Writing and Research, she now has a full-time occupation home schooling her 13-year-old son. She is the author of Self-Defense and Defense of Others in Jewish Law. She lives in Brookline, MA with her husband, Eliezer Finkelman.

Rabbi Eliezer Finkelman is the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley, CA since 1992. He earned rabbinic ordination at Yeshiva University, where he studied with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and Rabbi Aaron Lichtenstein, among others. He earned a PhD in Comparative Literature at the City University of New York, writing about the story of Cain and Abel in western literature. Prior to his rabbinic post, he was Director of Hillel.

Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman is Co-Editor of the Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women and a professor in the Near Eastern and Judaic studies department, both at Brandeis University. Her most recent book is Jewish Life and American Culture (2000). Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman is author of Changing Minds: Feminism in Contemporary Orthodox Jewish Life, published by The American Jewish Committee.

Rabbi Barry Freundel is Rabbi of Kesher Israel Congregation, the Georgetown Synagogue in Washington D.C. and Adjunct Professor at American and Georgetown Universities. A graduate of Yeshiva University, he received an MS in Talmud from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, and was ordained at RIETS. He is Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of America and chairs its ethics committee. He presents seminars on halakhah and political ethics on Capitol Hill, and on Jewish medical ethics for the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of Edah's Advisory Council.

Dr. Michelle Friedman earned a BA from Barnard College and an MD from NYU School of Medicine. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mt Sinai University and has a private practice of psychiatry in Manhattan. She serves as Director of the pastoral counseling program at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and as a psychiatric consultant for the Dorot elderly homelessness prevention program. She is Vice President of Hillel at Columbia/Barnard and immediate past president of the Drisha Institute.

Dr. Ester Fuchs is Director of the Center for Urban Research and Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University; Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Columbia; Chair, Urban Studies Program Barnard and Columbia. She received her BA from Queens College ; MA from Brown University in; and PhD from the University of Chicago. She is the author or co-author of New York City: The End of the Liberal Experiment?; Political Capital and Political Participation; The Future of New York: 1898, 1998. She has been a political campaign consultant and political analyst on radio and television. She resides with her husband and three children, who attend Ramaz, in Manhattan.

Rabbi Barry Gelman is Senior Rabbi of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Westmount, Quebec. He is Vice President of the Montreal Board of Rabbis. He teaches in the day school, high school, McGill University Hillel and Federation. He was associate Rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Yeshiva University, an MA in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School and Rabbinic Ordination from RIETS. He served as founding Director of MeORot and Torat Miriam, and on the faculty of Drisha. He is married to Gabrielle, Fisch and they have three children.

Rabbi Yehuda Gilad is Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa. He received his Teacher's Certificate from the Herzog Teachers College and semicha from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. He teaches Tanakh and lectures widely on Jewish Thought and Halakhah. While at Yeshivat Har Etzion, he completed the Hesder Program, combining studies with service as a combat soldier in the Israeli Armored Corps. He served as an army chaplain with the belief that the Israeli army is the most unifying force in Israeli society and soldiers from all backgrounds came to regard traditional Judaism as a source of strength.

Rabbi Shmuel Goldin is spiritual leader of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, instructor of Bible and Philosophy at the James Striar School, Yeshiva University; the founding director of and lecturer at the Eve Flechner Torah Institute. He serves on the executive committee of the Rabbinical Council of America; the Advisory Board of Edah; and the board of the Orthodox Caucus. He is founder and acting Chairman of Shvil Hazahav. He leads congregational missions to Israel, particularly during critical times, from the Iraqi missile attacks in 1991 to the present crisis.

Ari Goldman spent 20 years at the New York Times before laving the newspaper in 1993 to teach full-time at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Mr. Goldman is the author of two highly-praised books, The Search for God at Harvard and being Jewish: The Spiritual and Cultural Practice of Judaism Today. In 1997-98, Mr. Goldman was a visiting Fulbright Professor at the Hebrew University where he conducted a study of foreign correspondents in Israel. Mr. Goldman serves on the boards of The New York Jewish Week and Congregation Ramath Orah, an Orthodox synagogue in Manhattan.

Rabbi Uri Gordon is Chairman of the Talmud department at the Ramaz Upper School.

Rabbi Simcha A. Green graduated Yeshiva College and its Beit Midrash Lamorim in 1958. He received smicha from Yeshiva University and served as program coordinator for their Torah Leadership Seminars from 1957 to 1967. Presently, he serves as the director of the Chidon Hatach, American section, which involves the planning of national contests and the writing of more than 2000 questions in Hebrew and English. He is very involved in assisting agunot.

Blu Greenberg author and lecturer, holds a BA from Brooklyn College, a BRE from Yeshiva University's Teacher Institute, an MS in Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University, and an MA in Clinical Psychology from City College. She chaired the first two International Conferences on Feminism and Orthodoxy and serves on boards of several Jewish organizations, including Edah, the JWB Book Council, the Federation Commission on Synagogue Relations and the Advisory Board of the Jewish Women's Resource Center.

Rabbi Natan Greenberg is the Rosh Yeshiva of Bat Ayin Yeshiva in Israel, which he founded in 1996. Rav Natan has integrated into his life and teaching the spiritual perspectives of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the depth and breadth of serious torah learning, a committment to Clal Yisrael and the openness and pluralism of the modern world. He served in the Hesder Program while studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion. He has also been a farmer and a tour guide in Israel. For the last decade he has been teaching Torah and doing outreach in the US and Israel. He lives in the community of Bat Ayin with his wife Ruti and their nine children.

Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg is President of the Jewish Life Network/Judy and Michael Steinhardt Foundation. He is President Emeritus and co-founder of CLAL - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. He was ordained at RIETS, affiliate of Yeshiva University, and received his PhD in History from Harvard University, after which he taught History at Yeshiva University. He has been instrumental in founding many organizations, including the National Religious Students Association, the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and the United States Holocaust Museum. He is the author of The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays. He is a member of Edah's Advisory Council.

Rabbi Zvi Grumet holds a Master's Degree from Yeshiva University as well as ordination from its affiliate, RIETS. He is Associate Principal of the Torah Academy of Bergen County (NJ) and is currently a Fellow at Bar Ilan University's Senior Educator Program. He has published educational and scholarly articles in Tradition and Ten Da'at, of which he is Associate Editor. He is a member of Edah's Advisory Council.

Dr. Michael Hammer is Chairman of the Board of Edah and one of its founders. He is a renowned expert on redesigning business processes and organizational structures and has authored the international best-seller Reengineering the Corporation. His seminars and conferences are attended by thousands of people annually. He has been a member of the faculties of MIT and Oxford University and serves as director of several high technology companies. He has been named by Time Magazine as one of America's 25 most influential individuals.

Rabbi Naphtali Harcsztark is Associate Principal of SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY. He received ordination at Yeshiva University and earned an MA in Jewish History at the Bernard Revel Graduate School. He is presently studying Continental Philosophy at The New School in New York. He was formerly the Rabbi of Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck, NJ.

Rabbi Donniel Hartman is the Associate Director of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He founded and directs the Institute's Center for Jewish Empowerment in Israel's secular high school system, which is retraining hundreds of principals and teachers of Judaica in 70 secular public high schools across the country to develop a new approach to Jewish studies for secular Israelis. Rabbi Hartman received his ordination from the Shalom Hartman Institute. He holds an MA in Political Philosophy from New York University and an MA in Religion from Temple University.

Dr. Samuel C. Heilman is Harold Proshanky Professor of Jewish Studies and Sociology at City University of New York. He is the author of many books and articles, most recently, Portrait of American Jews: The Last Half of the 20th Century.

Dr. Jonathan Helfand is Professor of Modern Jewish History in the Department of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College. He has a doctorate in Modern Jewish History from Yeshiva University and Rabbinic Ordination from RIETS. He has published numerous essays on the social and religious history of French Jewry. He has also written on contemporary Jewish issues such as ecology and the Holocaust. His volume on the archives of the Va'ad ha-Hatzalah is part of the series Archives of the Holocaust. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad before scholarly and lay audiences.

Jonathan Herlands is a member of the law firm of Janvey, Gordon, Herlands, Randolph & Cox, LLP, where he is the partner in charge of the trusts and estates department. He has lectured at the New York University Institute of Federal Taxation, continuing education programs for accounting, investment and financial planning firms, and numerous estate planning seminars for civic organizations in the New York area. He received a JD from Columbia Law School.

Dr. Isaac Herschkopf is a graduate of Queens College and the New York University School of Medicine. Upon completing his psychiatric residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital he established a private psychiatric practice. He subsequently started an executive consulting firm and became president of an international business corporation. He continues to be actively involved in all three. He is President of the Yaron Foundation, which annually supports hundreds of charities. He teaches in the Department of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and is attending physician at Bellevue and university hospitals. He lives with his wife and three daughters in New York City.

Jeff Jacoby has been Op-Ed columnist for the Boston Globe since 1994. He preciously had been Chief Editorial Writer for the Boston Herald. A graduate of George Washington University and Boston University Law School, Mr. Jacoby has practiced law at Baker & Hostetler and has been a political commentator for WBUR, Boston's National Public Radio affiliate. For several years, he hosted Talk of New England, a weekly television program.

Rabbi Howard S. Joseph is Rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in Montreal. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor at Concordia University in Montreal. He is the author of the recently published book, Why Anti-Semitism - On the Writings of Rabbi Naphtali Zvi Yehuda Berlin.

Dr. Norma Baumel Joseph is honorary Co-Chair of the Edah Conference. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Concordia University. She is also Convener of the Chair in Quebec and Canadian Jewish Studies and Program Director of the Master's program in Judaic Studies. A founding member of the Canadian Coalition of Jewish Women for the Get, she is also past president of, and active in, the International Coalition for Agunah Rights. She is the founder of the Montreal Women's Prayer Group. She is on the Advisory Board of Edah.

Dr. Gilbert N. Kahn received his AB degree from Columbia University and his PhD in Politics from New York University. He is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Kean University. His academic interests concentrate on American government decision-making, with an emphasis on executive-legislative relations in foreign policy, and a special focus on the Middle East. His most recent publication entitled American Guilt During the Holocaust: A Study of US Foreign Policy Makers' Attitudes Towards Israel, appeared in History, Religion, and Meaning: American Reflections on the Holocaust and Israel. He has been a frequent lecturer before academic and professional groups and has appeared as a commentator and analyst on network and public television.

Tobi Aaron Kahn is internationally acclaimed as a painter and sculptor. His works are exhibited throughout the country in the Guggenheim and Jewish Museums, Brandeis University, and Skirball Cultural Center. Outdoor sculptures are exhibited in two Holocaust memorial gardens, in Tenafly and La Jolla, CA. Installations include Eyda, and The Twelve Tribes and Creation of the World, for the Jewish Family Congregation, South Salem, NY. In 1999, Avoda: Objects of the Spirit, opened at Hebrew Union College, NY, and will travel for five years. Other Judaica commissions include the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Rabbi David S. Kalb is the Rabbi of the Beit Chaverim Synagogue of Westport. He has taught Modern Jewish History at Touro College and Bible at Norfolk Community College. He is Vice President of the Federation of Westport. He was a member of the first class of MeORot and has been involved in interdenominational dialogue through CLAL. He has also lectured to Federation, Hadassah, and numerous synagogues, havurot and JCC's. A former outreach director at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale he attended rabbinical school at Yeshiva University.

Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky is the Rabbi of the B'nai David-Judea Congregation (LA). He was ordained at and received a master's degree in Jewish History from Yeshiva University. He was Associate Rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, and has made social action an important dimension of the congregation's activity (in particular for the bar/bat mitzvah students). He has spoken and written frequently about Jewish pluralism. He recently contributed a chapter on Orthodox Judaism to Spiritual Manifestos-Visions for Renewed Religious Life in America. As a member of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, he implemented the "Meeting in Torah" program which brings together twenty synagogues of all movements for an annual evening of Torah study.

Esther Katz has been involved in Modern Orthodox Jewish Camping for 15 years and currently holds a position as an Assistant Director at Camp Nesher of the New Jersey Y Camps in Lake Como, PA. She was a founding member of the administrative team at Nesher when the camp opened its doors 6 years ago and has played a critical role in the camp's growth and success. During the winter month, she is a teacher of Hebrew language and Judaic Studies at Yeshiva Har Torah in Queens, NY. She currently lives in West Hempstead with her husband and children.

Professor Moshe Kaveh is a physicist and the President of Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He has been Chairman of the Physics Department, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, and Rector of Bar-Ilan, and has served two terms as Chairman of the Council of Israeli University Presidents. An expert in disordered systems, he is Chief Scientist of Bar-Ilan's Minerva Center in Mesoscopics, and Director of the Resnick Institute for Advanced Technology.

Rabbi Jeffrey Kobrin teaches Tanach, Halacha, and English at the Ramaz Upper School, where he is also a college guidance counselor. He received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg and RIETS, a BA and an MA in English Literature from Columbia University. He lives in Riverdale, NY with his wife, Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin, and their two daughters.

Lawrence A. Kobrin is the senior real estate partner of a Wall Street law firm. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Law School, from which he received his JD. He is the Chairman of the Board of The Jewish Week in New York, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Campus Life Fund at Columbia University, and is on the Board of Directors of the UOJCA, and chairman of its Israel Commission. He has been active on the executive committees of the Bet Din of America and the Orthodox Caucus and is a member of Edah's executive committee. He and his wife live in Manhattan where they have three children.

Michelle Greenberg Kobrin is an attorney at Arnold and Porter in New York. A former Bruriah Scholar and Torat Miriam Fellow, she is a graduate of Columbia University and Columbia Law School. She has written on the civil enforceability of religious pre-nuptual agreements. Michelle lives in Riverdale with her husband, Rabbi Jeffrey Kobrin, and their two daughters.

Dr. Eugene Korn is currently Adjunct Professor of Jewish Thought at Seton Hall University and Judaic Scholar at the JCC and Federation of MetroWest New Jersey. He earned a doctorate in Philosophy from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia and Yeshiva Universities and at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He is editor of The Edah Journal, a member of Edah's Advisory Council and the national plenum of the Orthodox Caucus. He has published scholarly articles on Jewish ethics, the challenge of democratic Israel for religious tradition, pluralism, religious extremism and Tzelem Elokim, Jewish attitudes towards gentiles and non-Jewish culture, and business ethics..

Dr. Chaim Kranzler is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and the Director of Training in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Einstein. He is the Clinical Director of Bronx Children's Psychiatric Center and has a private practice in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry both in Manhattan and Teaneck, New Jersey.

Esther Krauss is the founding Principal of Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck. She was the founding director of Shalhevet Torah Institute for Women in Queens and helped to establish the Block Yeshivah High School in St. Louis, Missouri, where she taught Judaic Studies. She also served as Assistant Principal at the Yeshiva Yaakov Teacher's Seminary. She has a BA in English from Brooklyn College and an MS in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School Of Yeshiva University.

Dr. Benny Kraut is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Studies program at Queens College. He is also Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Dr Kraut holds MA and PhD degrees from Brandeis University and has published widely in the fields of Modern and American Jewish History, Holocaust studies and Jewish-Christian relations. A former book review editor of American Jewish History, he has authored German Jewish Orthodoxy in an Immigrant Synagogue. His current book project is a history of Yavneh, the National Jewish Religious Students Association.

Rabbi Ezra Labaton has been the Rabbi of Congregation Magen David of West Deal, NJ for the past 18 years. He has studied at Yeshiva University where he received his semicha. Rabbi Labaton has just completed a PhD degree at Brandeis University.

Dr. Sidney Langer is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Kean University. He has a PhD from City University of New York. He is currently conducting research in the sociology of extreme situations, and Orthodox women's prayer groups.

Rabbi Nathan Laufer received ordination from RIETS, an affiliate of Yeshiva University, and his JD from Fordham University Law School. He is President and C.E.O. of the Wexner Heritage Foundation, which educates Jewish leaders throughout North America in the traditions, history and contemporary issues of the Jewish people. He is on the Advisory Board of Edah.

Murray J. Laulicht is the newly elected President of Edah. From 1996-1999 he was the President of the United Jewish Federation of MetroWest New Jersey. He is the past President of the MetroWest Jewish Education Association and Congregation AABJ&D in West Orange. He currently serves on the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education and boards of directors of United Jewish Communities, the Orthodox Union and Stern College. He is a partner in the New Jersey law firm of Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch.

Rabbi Daniel Lehmann is the founding Headmaster of the New Jewish High School of Greater Boston, and a founder and coordinator of the National Jewish High School Leadership Seminar. A graduate of Yeshiva University and ordained by RIETS, he is currently pursuing a PhD in American Jewish History at Brandeis University. He helped develop the first College Student Leadership Seminar for CLAL and has participated in interreligious learning between Catholic and Jewish educators.

Dr. Gila Leiter is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, an assistant attending physician at Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has a private practice in New York. She received her BA from Yeshiva University and her MD from the Albert Einstein Medical School. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is the author of Everything You Need to Have a Healthy Twin Pregnancy.

Marcie Lenk teaches Rabbinics in Boston Hebrew College's Meah program, while she is pursuing a doctorate at Harvard Divinity School. For twelve years she lived in Jerusalem, teaching Bible and Talmud at the Pardes Institute, Midreshet Lindenbaum (and summers at Drisha), and at a number of Christian seminaries. She has lectured to Jewish and interfaith groups on five continents. She holds a BA in Mathematics and Jewish Studies, and an MS in Bible from Yeshiva University.

Rabbi Dr. B. Barry Levy received his BA, BRE and MA from Yeshiva University, ordination from RIETS, and his PhD from New York University. He has held positions at YU, Brown and McGill University, where he is Professor of Biblical Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies. Dr. Levy received a Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica from Harvard. His forthcoming book, Fixing God's Torah (May, 2001), was the subject of a session at the first Edah conference.

Dr. Charles S. Liebman is the Yehuda Avner Professor of Religion and Politics at Bar-Ilan University. He has been visiting professor at Yale, Brown, NYU, the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Governing Council and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Yitzhak Rabin Center by appointment of the Prime Minister and of the Steering Committee for Social Science Research of the Ministry of Science. He has authored, co-authored or edited The Civil Religion of Israel: Traditional Judaism and Political Culture in the Jewish State; Two Worlds of Judaism: The Jewish Experience in Israel and the United States, Religion, Democracy and Israeli Society and The Jewishness of Israelis. He is married to Dr. Carol Liebman and has three children and three grandchildren.

Rabbi Dov Linzer is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the new modern orthodox yeshiva and rabbinical school in Manhattan. He is the Magid Shiur of the advanced gemara shiur in its undergraduate program, and a full time Maggid Shiur in its rabbinical school. He is also co-mentor of Meorot, a modern Orthodox rabbinic training fellowship program, and Torat Miriam, a leadership training program for women. He previously headed the Boca Raton Kollel, one of the first modern Orthodox kollels in the United States, for the first three years of existence. He has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Maryland and is currently pursuing a doctorate in religion at Columbia University.

Dr. Vivian Mann has a BA from the University of Washington, an MA from Wichita State University, and a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. She has been a research fellow in the Medieval Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and currently holds the Feld Chair of Judaica at the Jewish Museum. She is an Adjunct Professor and a Program Advisor to the Master's Program in Jewish Art and Material Culture at the Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Chaim Marder is Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of White Plains. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University, holds a masters degree in Jewish History, and received his rabbinical Ordination from REITS. He is presently and officer of the Rabbinical Council of America and the Vice President of the Westchester Board of Rabbis. During his tenure, the Hebrew Institute of White Plains has become a model open Orthodox synagogue in the New York area. He has spearheaded numerous community building efforts, including the White Plains B'Yachad Series with the other synagogues in the community that has served as a paradigm for inter-denominational cooperation. He and his wife Suzie have five children.

Jonathan Mark is Associate Editor of The New York Jewish Week, where he writes the "Media Watch" and "Edge of Town" columns. Twice recognized as Writer of the Year by the New York Press Association, as well its recipient for best religion coverage, he is co-author of two books -- "Heavenly Sex: Sexuality in the Jewish Tradition," with Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and "Mommy, When Will the Lord Be Two: A Child's Eye View of Being Jewish Today," with his wife, Ruth Seligman.

Naomi Mark is a psychotherapist in private practice where she specializes in working with couples and families. She was trained at the Ackerman Institute for Marital and Family Therapy in New York City and at the Columbia University School of Social Work. Currently, she is also a staff development specialist and a trainer for NYC's Human Resources Administration and conducts workshops on family/work issues for performance strategies International, LLC. She is the book review editor for Social Work Forum.

Dr. B. Barry Levy received his BA, BRE and MA from Yeshiva University, ordination from RIETS, and his PhD from New York University. He has held positions at YU, Brown and McGill University, where he is Professor of Biblical Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies. Dr. Levy received a Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica from Harvard. His forthcoming book, Fixing God's Torah (May, 2001), was the subject of a session at the first Edah conference. Administration and conducts workshops on family/work issues for Performance Strategies International, LLC. She is the book review editor for Social Work Forum.

Rabbi Adam Mintz is the Senior Rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue. He assumed his position in September 1996 after serving four years as Associate Rabbi in Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York City. He received a BA from Yeshiva University, an MA Medieval Jewish History from its Bernard Revel Graduate School and his semicha and advanced Yadin Yadin semicha at RIETS. Rabbi Mintz has published extensively in the areas of Jewish law and Jewish history, most recently, Words, Meaning and Spirit: The Talmud in Translation, in the Torah U-madda Journal. He is married with three children.

Dina Najman-Licht received her BA from Yeshiva University. She earned fellowships to study at Drisha, Nishmat in Jerusalem, and Torat Miriam. Dina is a graduate of the New York University/Einstein Bioethics and Medical Humanities program and is currently pursuing a career in Bioethics and Halakhah. Dina has taught both in Israel and in America.

Dr. Ailene Cohen Nusbacher has a PhD in Sociology from NYU and a masters degree in Social Work from Boston University. She teaches Sociology at Kingsborough/ City University of New York. Efforts at Change in a Traditional Denomination: The Case of Orthodox Women's Prayer Groups, published in Nashim, examines why women join prayer groups and remain loyal to Orthodox tradition. Current research explores various ways Orthodox women satisfy their religious and spiritual needs. She has delivered papers at the Association for the Sociology of Religion, American Sociological Association, Religious Research Association, and Eastern Sociological Society. She is a member of the Women and Orthodoxy Task Force of the Orthodox Caucus.

Dr. H. Leon Pachter, M.D. is a Professor of Surgery and Interim Chairman of the Department of Surgery of New York University School of Medicine. He is a surgical attending at both NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center. He is also the Director of the Trauma and Shock Unit at Bellevue. Dr. Pachter received his BA and BHL degrees from Yeshiva University. He completed his medical school education and surgical residency training at NYU School of Medicine.

Dr. Moses Pava holds the Inbender Chair in Business Ethics and is Professor of Accounting at the Sy Syms School of Business, Yeshiva University. He has published and edited numerous books and articles including The Search and Meaning in Organizations; Business Ethics: A Jewish Perspective ; Corporate Responsibility and Financial Performance. Dr Pava is editor of Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations.

Arna Poupko-Fisher has a Master's Degree in Medieval Jewish Philosophy from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. She is a full-time Scholar-in-Residence for the Montreal Jewish Federation and its twenty agencies and has visited over sixty communities in the U.S., lecturing on Judaism, modernity and Jewish peoplehood. She is studying for a PhD at McGill University.

Rabbi Dr. Emanuel Rackman is Chancellor of Bar-Ilan University in Israel. A graduate of Yeshiva University, he holds both a law degree and political science doctorate from Columbia University. Former rabbi of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, he also taught Jewish Law at the City University of New York, New York Law School, NYU Law School, and Yeshiva University. He served as president of the Rabbinical Council of America, the New York Board of Rabbis and the Association of Jewish Chaplains of the U.S. Armed Forces. One of the most prominent leaders of our time, he is devoted to the civility and unity of the Jewish people and has been a dedicated advocate of women's rights, especially in regard to agunot, and social justice in society and halakhah.

Rabbi Chaim Rapoport is Rabbi of the Ilford Synagogue (England). After receiving his rabbinic diploma, he and his wife Clara joined the community kollel in Melbourne, Australia and he lectured in several communities, including Tasmania. Previously, he was head of the Leeds Kollel and the Birmingham rabbinic board. He gives a weekly shiur to the United Synagogue Rabbinate at the London School of Jewish Studies. He serves in the Chief Rabbi's cabinet and as advisor to the Chief Rabbi on matters of Jewish medical ethics.

Gitelle Rapoport is a free lance writer and journalist with a special interest in women and halakhah. She has been a reporter for The Jewish Week, editor for Amit magazine, writer for an Edah-sponsored bibliography project and coordinator of the women's tefillah group at Lincoln Square Synagogue. She has an MA from NYU and has studied at Drisha.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is the founding Rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue and received his ordination from Yeshiva University's affiliate, RIETS, and a PhD from New York University. He is the founder and Chancellor of Ohr Torah Stone Institutions, a network of educational institutions of higher learning for men and women. He is the Chief Rabbi of Efrat, a community of some 1,200 families in Israel.

Gary Rosenblatt is Editor and Publisher of The Jewish Week of New York since 1993. He has won numerous awards for his writing. His weekly column, "Between the Lines," won two first place awards last year from the New York State Press Association. It is syndicated by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency throughout the country. Previously, he was the editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times, The Jewish News of Detroit and the Atlanta Jewish Times. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University.

Dr. Tamar Ross is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Bar Ilan University and teacher of Machshevet Yisrael at Midreshet Lindenbaum since its inception in 1976. She has a PhD from Hebrew University and has published widely in scholarly journals in Israel and around the world. Her specialty is in traditional Jewish thought of the modern period, and in issues relating to the interface between religion and modernity.

Irving Rotter received his BA and MS in Philosophy from Yeshiva University and rabbinic ordination from RIETS. He received his law degree from Columbia University Law School. He is a corporate partner in the firm of Sidley & Austin. He served as a member of the executive board of the National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs (COLPA) and was the reporter for the COLPA task force which authored procedural guidelines to be utilized by batei din. He is a member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the New York Jewish Community Relations Council and lectures on matters of law and religion.

Rabbi Benjamin Joseph Samuels is Rabbi of Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, Newton Center, MA. He is Adjunct Instructor in Rabbinics at Hebrew College, as well as an instructor of Tanakh at Maayan: Torah Initiatives for Women, and at the combined Jewish Philanthropies' Genesis Forum. Rabbi Samuels holds an MA in Bible and Medieval Jewish History, as well as a BA in English Literature. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University schools.

Dr. Richard H. Schwartz is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Staten Island and the author of Judaism and Vegetarianism; Judaism and Global Survival, and Mathematics; and Global Survival. He has over 100 articles and book reviews on the internet on vegetarianism, health, nutrition, the treatment of animals and environmental issues.

Dr. Suzanne Schwartz is Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University-New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is engaged in both clinical investigations and basic science research in the area of wound healing/tissue repair, particularly as it pertains to patients with burn injuries, as well as chronic conditions which result in healing impairment. A graduate of Stern College for Women/Yeshiva University, she received her MD degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She trained in General Surgery at the Montefiore Hospital Medical Center and at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center where she also completed her clinical burn fellowship. She has served as the Medical Director and Tissue Bank Director of Ortec International, a biotechnology company focused in tissue engineering and she remains a medical consultant.

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller is in his twenty-fifth year at UCLA Hillel as Director. He was ordained in at Yeshiva University where he also earned a Masters Degree in Rabbinic Literature. He is a lecturer in the Sociology Department at UCLA where he teaches a course on the "Jewish Experience in Contemporary America". He is an instructor in Kabbalah and Talmud at the University of Judaism, and fellow of the Shlomo Hartman Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He serves on the governing council of the Progressive Jewish Alliance, the National Board for Peace Now and the editorial board of Tikkun. He is married to Dr. Doreen Seidler-Feller and they have two children.

Renee S. Septimus is a graduate of Barnard College with a BA in Philosophy and of New York University with an MS in Counseling. She is married, the mother of four children and currently works as a social worker. She also teaches and lectures on various Jewish and related topics.

Professor Benjamin Ish-Shalom is the founder and rector of Beit Morasha of Jerusalem, the academic center for Jewish studies and leadership. He is chairman of the Institute of Jewish Studies (the joint conversion institute) in Israel. He served on the faculty of the humanities department and the department of Jewish philosophy at the Hebrew University.

Dr. Marc Shapiro is a graduate of Brandeis and Harvard Universities. He holds the Weinberg Chair of Judaic Studies at the University of Scranton. He is the author of Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy:The Life and Works of Rabbi Jehiel Jacob Weinberg, as well as many articles.

Paul Shaviv is headmaster of the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto. He holds BA and MA degrees from Cambridge University. He has served as director of the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation at London University, and has an MPhil in Medieval and Modern Jewish History at Oxford University. He was director of B'nai B'rith World Centre, working in Israel-diaspora affairs. For several years he wrote the annual Survey of Jewish Religious Life in Israel for the Encyclopedia Judaica yearbooks. He is married and has three children, two of whom are in the Israeli army.

Rabbi Charles H. Sheer is a graduate of Yeshiva University, has an MA in Talmudic Literature from its Bernard Revel Graduate School and his ordination from RIETS, an affiliate. For the last thirty years he has been Jewish Chaplain of Columbia University/Barnard College. He is the advisor to various women's tefillah groups and has been an officer of the Rabbinical Council of America and Yeshiva University's Rabbinic Alumni.

Bambi Sheleg is the editor of the new magazine Eretz Acheret, which deals with the Jewish world and Israeli society. Living in Israel since 1970, she served in the army in the Nahal unit. She received her BA in Jewish History and English Literature from the Hebrew University. She was a reporter and assistant to the editor at Nekuda, the magazine of Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria, and edited the children's magazine, Otiot. She is married with three children.

Yair Sheleg received his BA in Jewish History from the Hebrew University. He was a reporter for Ha'aretz, Nekuda, the magazine of Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria, and Kol H'air. He studied and served while at the Har Etzion Hesder Yeshiva. He published Desert Wind, a biography of Yehoshua Cohen and The New Religious Jews. He co-founded The Shaharit Group-secular and religious journalists and intellectuals who study Judaism. He is married with three children.

Barry Shrage has been President of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston since 1987. He formerly served as Associate Director of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, and on the staff of the Jewish Welfare Board and YM-YWHA of Mid-Westchester, New York. He pioneered the development of the Me'ah Program, with Dr. David Gordis, seeking to attain universal adult Jewish literacy in Boston. It grew from 50 participants to 600 in four years. He also helped develop Boston's unique strategic plan, which calls on CJP to actively facilitate the development of communities of Torah, Tzedek and Chesed, particularly through innovative Federation/synagogue/JCC partnerships.

Rabbi David Silber has rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University. He is the founder and dean of Drisha Institute and a lecturer for the Wexner Heritage Foundation. Rabbi Silber is the recipient of a 2000 Covenant Award.

Alan Silverman has been camp director at Camp Moshava for the past 15 years. Alan studied at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavne, Columbia Universtity and received his Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from Teachers College. He served as a math and science teacher for 8 years and as General Studies Principal for 3 years at SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY. Presently, Alan resides in Alon Shvut in Israel with his wife, Rachel and 5 children.

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Sperber is Professor of Talmud at Bar Ilan University and chairman of the Israel ministry of education committee on national religious education. The recipient of the prestigious Israel Prize in 1997, he is the former head of the Talmud department and dean of Jewish Studies at Bar Ilan, where he also founded the Jewish Art History major. Professor Sperber holds a BA in the History of Art and a PhD in Ancient History and Jewish Studies from London University, and studied at Yeshivat Kol Torah and the Hebron Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He has authored over 20 books and 300 academic articles.

Dr. Devorah Steinmetz has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She is the author of From Father to Son: Kinship, Conflict, and Continuity in Genesis and of several articles about biblical and rabbinic literature. She has taught at Drisha and is currently visiting Assistant Professor of Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Dr. Steinmetz is the founder of Beit Rabban.

David Stone is a partner in the law firm of Weil, Gothsal & Manges, LLP, concentrating in the capital markets and securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions and international trade and investment. During the past decade, he has been particularly active in Israel and other Middle East countries representing issuers and underwriters of securities offerings in the United States. He is the general counsel and a member of the board of directors of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry; a trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East policy; and a member of the advisory board of the Middle East Forum. He received his AB degree from Columbia University and his JD from Harvard Law School.

Suzanne Last Stone is Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School and was a Danforth Fellow in Jewish History and Calssical Religions at Yale University. Professor Stone has published and lectured extensively in the areas of Jewish religious and legal thought and contemporary legal theory. Her publications include In Pursuit of the Countertext: The Turn to the Jewish Legal Model in Contemporary American Legal Theory, in the Harvard Law Review, and The Jewish Conception of Civil Society, forthcoming (Princeton University Press).

Dr. Elliot Udell is a graduate of Yeshiva University. He serves as vice chairman of the board of directors of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists. He is educational vice president of Congregation Rinat Yisrael in Plainview, New York, and he is also a founding board member of the Fire Island Orthodox Minyan. He is chairman of the speaker selection committee of the Adult Jewish Studies Institute in Central Long Island. Dr. Udell practices podiatric medicine and surgery in Long Island.

Mierle Laderman Ukeles is an artist who has permanent commissions around the country and exhibitions in the Tel Aviv Museum and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. She is Artist-in-Residence for the NYC Sanitation Department. She is a founder of the Riverdale Women's Tefillah.

Rabbi Abraham Wahrhaftig has been Director of Camp Morasha since 1989. From 1965 until 1985 he was a member of the programming and educational staff and in 1985 he became the Assistant Director. Previously, he was Director of Student Activities and Dean of Students, College and Israel Guidance Counselor at the Yeshiva of Flatbush from 1971 until 1996. He and his wife Joyce have four children and a grandchild.

Rabbi Avi Weiss is national President of the Coalition for Jewish Concerns - AMCHA, spiritual leader of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in the Bronx. He is an assistant professor of Jewish Studies at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University. He is a co-founder of MeORoT, a modern Orthodox rabbinic training fellowship and of Torat Miriam, a modern Orthodox women's training fellowship. He is one of the foremost Jewish activists in America today. Rabbi Weiss' articles and essays have appeared in newspapers around the world. He serves as halachic advisor to women's prayer groups around the country. He is on the Advisory Board of Edah.

Dr. Jeffrey Woolf is a lecturer in the Department of Talmud and maggid shiur in the Jesselson Institute of Higher Torah Studies at Bar Ilan University. He has a PhD in Medieval Jewish History and the History of Halakhah from Harvard University, and ordination from both Gedalia Felder, the late Av Bet Din of Toronto, and REITS, an affiliate of Yeshiva University. Dr. Woolf has a postdoctoral fellowship and lectureship in the department of religion at Yale University. An activist in the modern Orthodox community, he is a founder of the Orthodox Roundtable rabbinic think tank, a former coordinator of the Orthodox Caucus, and one of the initiators of the Israeli Kenes Lavi (Lavi conference) on modern Orthodoxy.

Rabbi Walter S. Wurzburger is a graduate of Yeshiva University and received ordination from its affiliate, RIETS. He holds a Master's degree and PhD from Harvard University. He is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shaaray Tefila in Lawrence, NY and is also an Adjunct Professor at Yeshiva University. He is a past president of the Rabbinical Council of America and of the Synagogue Council of America, and a member of Edah's Advisory Board. Author of several works on ethics, he is a former editor of Tradition.

Rabbi Alan J. Yuter is Rabbi of the Orthodox Congregation Israel of Springfield and teaches History and Jewish studies at Touro College. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and completed a PhD in Hebrew Literature in the Near Eastern Studies program at New York University. He was subsequently ordained under the auspices of Hebrew Theological College, RIETS, the affiliate of Yeshiva University and Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi of Israel. He is on the executive board of the Rabbinical Council of America. He has written widely Jewish law and modern Jewish thought.

Devorah Zlochower is a full-time faculty member at Drisha Institute where she teaches Talmud and Halakhah. She is a graduate of Drisha's Scholars' Circle and has an MA in Political Science from Columbia University.



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