(p. xi) Contributors
(p. xi) Contributors
Michael Berenbaum is the director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust, and Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He was Executive Editor of the Second Edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica, which was awarded the Dartmouth Medal of the American Library Association for the outstanding reference publication of 2006. He has been a visiting professor of Holocaust studies at Chapman University, Richard Stockton College, Clark University, and Claremont-Mckenna College. From 1988 to 1993 he served as Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing its creation, and later worked as Director of its Research Institute. He has helped conceive and develop holocaust museums around the world, including in Illinois, Poland, and Macedonia. Author or editor of twenty books, he has also co-produced the award-winning One Survivor Remembers: Gerda Weissman Klein Story. Berenbaum is a graduate of Queens College (B.A., 1967) and Florida State University (Ph.D., 1975) and also attended The Hebrew University, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Boston University.
Shai Cherry (Ph.D., Brandeis University; Rabbi, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University) directs Shaar Hamayim, a Jewish Learning Center based in San Diego. Previously he taught for four years at Vanderbilt University and four years at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Torah through Time: Understanding Bible Commentary from the Rabbinic Period to Modern Times and numerous articles on Judaism, creation, and evolution. He is the featured lecturer for The Teaching Company’s Introduction to Judaism course and is currently at work on a Jewish theology of nature.
Jonathan K. Crane is the Raymond F. Schinazi Junior Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought at the Center for Ethics at Emory University. He holds an A.B. degree in International Relations from Wheaton College (Norton, MA); an M.A. in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana); an M.Phil. in Gandhian Thought from Gujarat Vidyapith (Ahmedabad, India); an M.A. in Hebrew Literature and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (New York); and a Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Toronto (Ontario, Canada). He has presented at conferences and taught around the world on themes relating to Judaism and ethics, bioethics, theology, social and political ethics, warfare ethics, interfaith relations, and Gandhian philosophy. (p. xii) Recent publications can be found in The Journal of Law and Religion, AJS Review, The Journal of Religious Ethics, Theology & Sexuality, CCAR Journal, The Review of Rabbinic Judaism, Anasakti Darshan, and The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. He serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Jewish Ethics and the Editorial Board of the The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.
Joseph Dan (Ph.D. Hebrew University, 1964) is the Gershom Scholem Professor of Kabbalah, emeritus, in the Department of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Winner of the Israel Prize in Jewish Thought (1997), his many books include The Heart and the Fountain: Jewish Mystical Experiences, The Early Kabbalah, and The Teachings of Hasidism.
Elliot N. Dorff (A.B. Columbia College, 1965; M.H.L. and Rabbi, Jewish Theological Seminary, 1970; Ph.D. in Philosophy, Columbia University, 1971) is Rector and Sol and Anne Dorff Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy at American Jewish University and a Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Law. He has been awarded four honorary doctoral degrees and has chaired four scholarly organizations—the Jewish Philosophy Association, the Jewish Law Association, the Society of Jewish Ethics, and the Academy of Judaic, Christian, and Islamic Studies. He has served on federal advisory commissions on health care, sexual ethics, and the ethics of research on human subjects, and he currently serves on the California Advisory Commission on Stem Cell Research. Author of over 200 published articles and twelve books on Jewish thought, law, and ethics, he has edited or co-edited fourteen other books as well. Among the latter is the book he co-edited with Louis E. Newman for Oxford University Press, Contemporary Jewish Ethics and Morality: A Reader (1995) and six books in the Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices series, each on moral issues arising in a particular area of life: body, money, power, sex, war, and social justice. In addition to books on Jewish theology and law, Dorff has written a number of books on Jewish ethics: Matters of Life and Death (on medical ethics), To Do the Right and the Good (on social ethics), Love Your Neighbor and Yourself (on personal ethics), and The Way into Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World).
Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert (Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 1995) is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies, with a courtesy appointment in Classics, at Stanford University, and Visiting Professor of Talmud at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Having written numerous articles on rabbinic and talmudic literature and culture, she is the author of Menstrual Purity: Rabbinic and Early Christian Reconstructions of Biblical Gender (2000), which was awarded the Baron Prize for a first book in Jewish Studies, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Studies. She is co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Talmud and Rabbinic Literature (2007), as well as of the English edition of Jacob Taubes’s From Cult to Culture (2010). Her current book project, Re-Placing the Nation: Judaism, Diaspora and Neighborhood, is a study of the politics of the rabbinic eruv. (p. xiii)
Elaine Adler Goodfriend is a lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Jewish History at California State University, Northridge, and Loyola Marymount College. She has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. in Semitic Languages and Literature from Cornell University. Her publications can be found in Anchor Bible Dictionary, Women’s Commentary on the Torah, Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, Apocrypha, and New Testament, and Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism.
Alyssa M. Gray is Associate Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She holds law degrees from Columbia and Hebrew Universities, and a Ph.D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She has written and lectured widely on many topics, notably including martyrdom, the formations of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds, the relationship of halakhah and law, liturgy, and charity. Her essays have or will appear in Conservative Judaism, Journal of Jewish Studies, AJS Review, Jewish Studies Quarterly, and DinéIsrael. She is also the author of A Talmud in Exile: The Influence of Yerushalmi Avodah Zarah on the Formation of Bavli Avodah Zarah.
Aaron S. Gross is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. He holds a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in religious studies with a specialization in modern Judaism from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Gross has lectured at academic conferences and universities around the world on issues related to animals and religion, and food and religion. He co-chairs the American Academy of Religion Consultation on Animals and Religion, serves on the board of the Society of Jewish Ethics, and is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Farm Forward. Gross collaborated with novelist Jonathan Safran Foer on Foer’s international best seller, Eating Animals (2009). His publications have appeared in The Central Conference of American Rabbis Journal, The Encyclopedia of Film and Religion, The Huffington Post, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, and Tikkun Magazine. Gross’s forthcoming co-edited volume, Animal Others and the Human Imagination, came out in Spring 2012.
Reuven Hammer received his rabbinic ordination and doctorate in theology from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America as well as a Ph.D. in the field of special education from Northwestern University. After moving to Israel in the summer of 1973 he taught and worked for many years in the field of special education at the Hebrew University, David Yellin College, and other institutions and served as an advisor to the Ministry of Education. For eighteen years he was the Dean of the Israel programs of the Jewish Theological Seminary in Jerusalem and Professor of Rabbinic Literature. He was the founding director of the Institute for Jewish Studies, today the Schechter Institute. He has been a professor of Rabbinic Literature at Schechter and has also taught Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological (p. xiv) Seminary of America, Oranim College, the Hebrew University Rothberg School, the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano, and the Moscow State University of the Humanities. Two of his books, Sifre, A Taanaitic Commentary on Deuteronomy and Entering the High Holy Days, were awarded the National Jewish Book Council prize as the best book of scholarship for the year. He has also written The Jerusalem Anthology, Entering Jewish Prayer, The Classic Midrash and Or Hadash, a two-volume commentary on the prayerbook. His latest books are Entering Torah and The Torah Revolution: Fourteen Truths That Changed the World. He has also published numerous scholarly articles in the fields of Midrash and Liturgy in professional journals and various Jubilee volumes.
Warren Zev Harvey (Ph.D., Philosophy, Columbia University, 1973) is Professor Emeritus of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has taught since 1977. He previously taught at McGill University (1972–1977) and has been a visiting professor at several institutions, including Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Queens College (CUNY), Yeshiva University, Yale University, and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. He is the author of more than 150 studies on medieval and modern Jewish philosophy. Among his books is Physics and Metaphysics in Hasdai Crescas (1998). He is an EMET Prize laureate in the Humanities (2009).
Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights–North America. She is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community (2011) and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition (2009). She has taught about Judaism and social justice throughout North America and around the world. Her writings on issues of housing, labor, and health care from a Jewish perspective have appeared in more than two dozen magazines, journals, and anthologies. Rabbi Jacobs has been named to The Jewish Daily Forward’s list of fifty influential American Jews (2006, 2008), Newsweek’s list of the fifty most influential rabbis in America (2009, 2010, 2011), The Jewish Week’s first list of “36 under 36” (2008), and the Forward’s list of the fifty most influential women rabbis (2010). Rabbi Jacobs received rabbinic ordination and an M.A. in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was a Wexner fellow. She also holds an M.S. in Urban Affairs from Hunter College and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.
Lawrence Kaplan is Professor of Rabbinics and Jewish Philosophy in the Department of Jewish Studies of McGill University, where he has taught since 1972. He received his B.A. from Yeshiva College, Rabbinical Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological School of Yeshiva University, and M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Kaplan specializes in both medieval and modern Jewish thought and has published widely in both scholarly and popular journals. He is widely acknowledged as the leading translator of the Hebrew writings of R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik and as one of the leading scholars of his thought. He is co-editor (p. xv) of The Thought of Moses Maimonides and R. Abraham Isaac Kook and Jewish Spirituality and is currently completing a monograph “Halakhah and Religious Experience in the Thought of R. Joseph Soloveitchik.” In 2005 he was a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at the Center for Jewish Studies of Harvard University, and in 2011–2012 was a Fellow in the Tikvah Center of the New York University Law School.
Asa Kasher (Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem) is Laura Schwarz-Kipp Professor Emeritus of Professional Ethics and Philosophy of Practice and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University. He won the highest Israeli national honor, the Prize of Israel (2000), for his contributions to philosophy and ethics, the Izhak Sade Military Literature Prize for his book Military Ethics, and an honorary degree. He has written about 250 papers in philosophy of language, professional ethics, and other areas and many ethical documents, as well as several books, including Judaism and Idolatry and A Small Book on the Meaning of Life. He co-authored the first code of ethics of the IDF, a code of military ethics of fighting terrorism, and many others, including those of the Government ministers and the Knesset members. He has served on many governmental committees, including the National Bio-ethics Council.
Martin Kavka (Ph.D. Rice University, 2000) is Associate Professor of Religion at Florida State University. His publications include Jewish Messianism and the History of Philosophy, which was awarded the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in Philosophy and Jewish Thought by the Association for Jewish Studies in 2008, numerous essays and articles in Jewish philosophy, and three edited volumes: Tradition in the Public Square: A David Novak Reader (co-edited with Randi Rashkover), Saintly Influence: Edith Wyschogrod and the Possibilities of Philosophy of Religion (co-edited with Eric Boynton), and The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: The Modern Era (co-edited with Zachary Braiterman and David Novak). He is currently co-editor of the Journal of Religious Ethics and is completing a manuscript on the structural problems of covenant theology.
Matthew LaGrone is the Yetta Chaiken Teaching Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware’s Jewish Studies Program. He received his B.A. from the University of Alabama, M.A. from the Florida State University, and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. His scholarship focuses on “Atlantic” Judaism and Jewish–Christian relations, and he is presently writing the first biography of Chief Rabbi Joseph Hertz.
Barry J. Leff is a business executive and rabbi. He is the General Manager for Innodata Isogen Israel, Ltd., an outsourcing company. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Rabbis for Human Rights, and he serves on the Board of Trustees (and is chair of the audit committee) of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem. He holds a Doctorate of Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, and he was ordained as a rabbi and awarded an M.A. in Rabbinic Studies from the Ziegler School of (p. xvi) Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He has over twenty-five years’ experience as an entrepreneur and executive and has served as a congregational rabbi in Tucson, Arizona, Vancouver, BC, and Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of a chapter on relations between co-workers in the The Observant Life. He has written three teshuvot (Jewish legal opinions) that have been approved by the Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, two of which deal with issues of business ethics. He is a regular op-ed contributor to the Jerusalem Post, and he blogs on Israel and Judaism at www.neshamah.net.
Laurie L. Levenson is the David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy at Loyola Law School, where she teaches evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure, and ethics. She also serves as the Director of Loyola’s Center for Ethical Advocacy. She served for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles. She received her J.D. in 1980 from UCLA School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1977. She was Chief Article Editor of the UCLA Law Review and a clerk for the Honorable Judge James Hunter, III, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She has authored over a hundred articles and nine books. She recently contributed an article on capital punishment to Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices: Social Justice (edited by Elliot N. Dorff and Danya Ruttenberg). Finally, she is an international commentator on high-profile cases and criminal justice.
Aaron L. Mackler is Associate Professor of Theology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he teaches in the Center for Healthcare Ethics. He currently serves as President of the Society of Jewish Ethics and as a member of hospital ethics committees in the Pittsburgh area. He received a B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University. He served as Staff Ethicist for the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law and taught as Visiting Assistant Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He was a member of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (1991–2011), for which he served as Chair of the Subcommittee on Bioethics. He has spoken on health care ethics and theology for numerous professional societies and other audiences. Dr. Mackler’s publications include Introduction to Jewish and Catholic Bioethics: A Comparative Analysis (2003), and an edited volume, Life and Death Responsibilities in Jewish Biomedical Ethics (2000). He also has written numerous articles in the fields of Jewish theology, ethics, and bioethics.
Michael Marmur is the Vice-President for Academic Affairs of the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, where he also teaches Jewish Theology. He holds a B.A. degree from Oxford University, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jerusalem School of the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. Specializing in the thought of Abraham Joshua Heschel, he has lectured widely on modern Jewish thought, homiletics, Reform Zionism, and pluralistic Jewish education. His articles (p. xvii) can be found in The Jewish Quarterly Review, Shofar, The CCAR Journal, Manna, and publications such as Jewish Theology in Our Time and New Essays In American Jewish History.
David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as Professor of Religion and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He was previously the Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research, and a Founder and Vice-President of the Union for Traditional Judaism. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago, his M.H.L. and rabbinical diploma from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and his Ph.D. (in philosophy) from Georgetown University. He has been appointed and reappointed by the Governor-General of Canada to the Board of Directors of Assisted Human Reproduction Canada. He is the author of sixteen books, has edited four books, and has published over three hundred articles and reviews.
Judith Plaskow is professor of religious studies at Manhattan College and a Jewish feminist theologian who has been teaching, writing, and speaking about Jewish feminism and feminist studies in religion for over forty years. She received her B.A. from Clark University and her M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University. She co-founded and for ten years co-edited the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. She is the author of over fifty articles on feminist theology and editor or author of several books, including Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion, Weaving the Visions: New Patterns in Feminist Spirituality (both co-edited with Carol P. Christ), Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective, and The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics 1972–2003. She is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Hebrew Union College and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and from 1995 through 1998 she served in the presidential line of the American Academy of Religion.
Danya Ruttenberg is the author of Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion (Beacon Press), nominated for the 2010 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature, and editor of The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism (2009) and Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism. She is also co-editor, with Rabbi Elliot Dorff, of three books for the Jewish Publication Society’s Jewish Choices/Jewish Voices series: Sex and Intimacy; War and National Security; and Social Justice. In 2010 the Jewish Week named her one of the “36 Under 36” (the Jewish world’s 36 most influential leaders under age 36), and the Forward recognized her as one of the fifty most influential women rabbis. She serves as a contributing editor or on the advisory board to four publications: Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility, Jewschool.com, Lilith Magazine, and the academic journal Women and Judaism. She received her B.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University and an M.A. in Rabbinic Studies, as well as rabbinic ordination, from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University. She currently serves as Senior Jewish Educator at Tufts University’s Hillel, and teaches and lectures nationwide. (p. xviii)
David Shatz is Professor of Philosophy at Yeshiva University. He was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and earned his Ph.D. with distinction in general philosophy from Columbia University. He has edited, co-edited, or authored fourteen books and has published over sixty articles and reviews, dealing with both general and Jewish philosophy. His work in general philosophy focuses on the theory of knowledge, free will, ethics, and the philosophy of religion, while his work in Jewish philosophy focuses on Jewish ethics, Maimonides, Judaism and science, and twentieth-century rabbinic figures. A book of his collected essays, Jewish Thought in Dialogue, was published in 2009. His edited and co-edited books include Rabbi Abraham Isaac and Jewish Spirituality; Judaism, Science and Moral Responsibility; and three anthologies in the philosophy of religion. He is the author of Peer Review: A Critical Inquiry, as well as editor of The Torah u–Madda Journal and editor of a book series that presents previously unpublished works of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. He has appeared several times on PBS television. In recognition of his achievements as a scholar and teacher, he was awarded the Presidential Medallion at Yeshiva University.
Daniel B. Sinclair (LL.B. [Hons.]) [London University], LL.M. [Monash University], Ph.D. in Law [Hebrew University], Rabbi) is Professor of Jewish Law and Comparative Biomedical Law at the Striks Law School, CMAS, Israel, and Wolff Fellow in Jewish Law and Visiting Professor of Law at Fordham University Law School, New York. Formerly, Dean of Jews’ College, London University, and Rabbi of the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, Scotland, he has published over fifty articles in the fields of Jewish law, its jurisprudence, and comparative biomedical law. His books include Tradition and the Biological Revolution (1989), Law, Judicial Policy and Jewish Identity in the State of Israel (2000), and Jewish Biomedical Law: Legal and Extra-Legal Dimensions (Oxford University Press, 2003). He is a member of the editorial boards of the Jewish Law Annual and the Journal of Law and Religion and has served as a member of the Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom. He has testified before the Law Committee of the Israeli Knesset on the issues of cloning and germ-line genetic therapy and is a member of an advisory group to a European Union Committee on ethics and science.
Ira F. Stone has been Rabbi of Temple Beth Zion–Beth Israel in center city Philadelphia since 1988. He also runs the Mussar Leadership Programs at Beth Zion–Beth Israel. Rabbi Stone is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he received a B.A. in Religious Studies. He attended the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and graduated from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1979 with a Masters of Hebrew Literature and rabbinic ordination. He served as the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellow at Harvard University for the spring 2005 semester. Rabbi Stone has written articles on theology and rabbinics for various journals, including Conservative Judaism, Wellspring Journal, Middlebury College Magazine, and Kerem. He has published four books: Seeking the Path to Life (1992), Reading Levinas/Reading Talmud (1997), A Responsible Life: Mussar as (p. xix) a Spiritual Path (2006), and a commentary on Mordecai Kaplan’s translation of Mesillat Yesharim (The Path of the Upright) (2010). Rabbi Stone served as lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary and presently as adjunct and visiting lecturer in Modern Jewish Thought at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
David A. Teutsch is the Louis and Myra Wiener Professor of Contemporary Jewish Civilization and Director of the Levin-Lieber Program in Jewish Ethics at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he served as president for nearly a decade. He is the author or editor of dozens of articles and twenty books, including A Guide to Jewish Practice: Everyday Living (2011) and the Kol Haneshamah prayerbook series. A past president of the Society of Jewish Ethics and of the Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics, he is an internationally known consultant and trainer who has received three honorary degrees. He received his A.B. from Harvard University, M.A. and ordination from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, and Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Arthur Waskow, Rabbi, Ph. D., founded (1983) and continues to direct The Shalom Center 〈www.theshalomcenter.org〉. Among his seminal works on Jewish thought and practice have been the Freedom Seder; Godwrestling; Seasons of Our Joy; Down-to-Earth Judaism: Food, Money, Sex, and the Rest of Life ; Godwrestling—Round 2: Ancient Wisdom, Future Paths; and as co-author with Rabbi Phyllis Berman, A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven: The Jewish Life-Spiral as a Spiritual Path and Freedom Journeys: The Tale of Exodus and Wilderness across Millennia. He co-authored The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians, and Muslims with Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB, and Murshid Saadi Shakur Chisti (Neil Douglas-Klotz). He had primary editorial responsibility for two pioneering anthologies on eco-Judaism: Torah of the Earth: Exploring 4,000 Years of Ecology in Jewish Thought; and (with Ari Elon and Naomi Mara Hyman) Trees, the Earth, and Torah: A Tu B’Shvat Anthology. In 1963 he received a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and was ordained to the Rabbinate in 1995 by a transdenominational beit din under the authority of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.
Laurie Zoloth is Director of the Brady Program in Ethics and Civic Life, Charles Deering McCormick Professor in Religious Studies and Jewish Studies, and Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics at Northwestern University, where she directed the Center for Bioethics, receiving Northwestern’s Distinguished Teaching Award. She was Director of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. She served as President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, receiving its Distinguished Service Award; as vice president of the Society for Jewish Ethics; as member of the NASA National Advisory Council, the agency’s highest civilian advisory board, and its International Planetary Protection Committee, receiving the NASA National Public Service Award; as Chair of the (p. xx) HHMI Bioethics Advisory Board, on the Boards of the International Society for Stem Cell Research; the Society for Women`s Health Research; the NIH Asia AIDS trial group; the editorial boards of The American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics Journal; Shofar: A Journal of Jewish Studies; The Journal of Clinical Ethics; The American Journal of Bioethics; and Second Opinion: A Journal of Health, Faith and Ethics. Her doctorate in Social Ethics and M.A. in Jewish Studies are from the Graduate Theological Union, where she was Alumna of the Year in 2005. She has published over 200 essays in ethics, family, feminist theory, religion and science, Judaism, and U.S. social policy, authoring Health Care and The Ethics of Encounter: A Jewish Perspective on Justice, and co-editing Notes from a Narrow Ridge: Religion and Bioethics; Margin of Error: The Ethics of Mistakes in Medicine; The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate: Ethics, Religion and Policy; and Oncofertility: Religious, Ethical and Social Perspectives.