Skirball Academy – Faculty
Rabba Wendy Amsellem
Rabba Wendy Amsellem teaches Halakha and Talmud at Yeshivat Maharat, the first yeshiva to ordain women to serve as Orthodox clergy, and, during summers, at Drisha and Pardes. A former Wexner Graduate Fellow and a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow, she also served as Director of the Dr. Beth Samuels Drisha High School Program.
Dr. David Kraemer
Dr. David Kraemer is the Director of the Library and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he oversees the most extensive collection of Judaica in the Western hemisphere. He has played a crucial role in expanding the impact of the library’s world-renowned collections and programs.
Tobi Kahn is a painter and sculptor whose work has been shown in over 70 solo exhibitions and is included in the permanent collections of major museums. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts for 30 years and lectures on the importance of visual language and art as healing.
Dr. David E. Kaufman
Dr. David E. Kaufman has taught at Hofstra University, Hebrew Union College and the University of Southern California. In addition to numerous articles on the social, religious and architectural history of the American synagogue, he most recently wrote Jewhooing the Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish Identity.
Martin Kaufman is a Yeshiva University–educated global consultant within the financial and natural resource sectors. He has lectured extensively in adult education programs in the New York area and has taught at the Skirball Academy for many years.
Dr. Joan Kretschmer
Dr. Joan Kretschmer is Artistic Director and Founder of the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York. She created and hosted Musicians on Music at The New School for Social Research and taught at The Juilliard School.
Dr. Eric Goldman
Dr. Goldman authored The American Jewish Story through Cinema and cohosted the Turner Classic Movies series The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film. He is an adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University.
Miriam Meir is Senior Lecturer and Area Coordinator of Jewish Languages at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Director of the Ivriyon Hebrew Immersion program for teachers of Judaic Studies. She has been teaching Hebrew language and literature since 2001.
Shannon Sarna is Founding Editor of The Nosher, cohost of the podcast “Call Your Mother” and author of Modern Jewish Baker.
Dr. Diane M. Sharon
Dr. Diane M. Sharon is a scholar and teacher of the Hebrew Bible, Comparative Religion and Ancient Near Eastern Literature who has taught at the Academy for Jewish Religion, the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, Fordham University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She writes about the Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context, comparative religion, literary analysis and women’s studies.
Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot
Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, PhD, is the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual History at HUC-JIR/New York. He is a historian of Jewish ideas and culture, whose research explores the effects of printing on Hebrew texts.
Rabbi Janet Roberts
Rabbi Janet Roberts teaches classes on a broad range of topics and has a special interest in the Hebrew Bible. Ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, she welcomes students from diverse backgrounds, including those new to Jewish studies who are considering conversion.
Dr. Daniel Rynhold
Dr. Daniel Rynhold teaches Jewish Philosophy at Yeshiva University. A specialist in the work of Moses Maimonides and Joseph Soloveitchik, he is author of Two Models of Jewish Philosophy: Justifying One’s Practices and An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy.
Dr. Mark W. Weisstuch
Dr. Mark W. Weisstuch has been on the faculty of the Skirball Academy since its inception. Over the last several years, he has focused on the Second Temple period, teaching classes on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Jewish origins of Christianity, the early roots of Jewish mysticism and the composition of the Bible.
Rabbi David Wolpe
Rabbi David Wolpe is the Senior Rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. He has been named "Most Influential Rabbi in America" by Newsweek and "One of the 50 Most Influential Jews in the World" by The Jerusalem Post. He has been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Time.com, and The Jewish Week. He is the author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times.