AJR Announces New Faculty for Summer Session

June 13, 2007 | Filed in: News

AJR continues to put its inclusive vision into practice in terms of the areas of Jewish life it puts forward for study and exploration. This summer our students are able to take courses that span the fields of traditional text study, contemporary issues in Israel and the Jewish community, educational issues and spiritual practice.

Of course, one of the great strengths of AJR is its very diverse faculty. AJR welcomes new teachers who have joined the AJR faculty for the first time this summer ‘ such as Rabbi Yehonatan Chipman, Rabbi Anne Ebersman, and Rabbi Abigail Sosland ‘ as well as beloved scholars who have taught with us before ‘ such as Rabbi Jeff Hoffman, Rabbi David Greenstein and Dr. Diane Sharon.

As usual, our Summer faculty comes from different fields of expertise and from different Jewish communities, including Israel. The religious affiliations of our Summer instructors span the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform movements.

AJR is proud to present these faces of diversity, for, as our tradition teaches, ‘the Torah has many faces.’

Rabbi Yehonatan ChipmanDescription is a former American who has lived in Israel for over thirty years, and has a rich background in both traditional yeshiva-style study and academic Judaica. He is an ordained Orthodox rabbi who earns his living as a translator specializing in Judaica, and for the past eight years has written a weekly parashah sheet distributed on the internet on different aspects of the Torah portion, and their interface with contemporary thought. He is currently preparing several volumes of his writings for publication.

Rabbi Anne Ebersman is the Director of Judaic Programming at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School. She was previously the Director of Family Education at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun. She is a graduate of HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Abigail Sosland is on the Judaic Studies Faculty at the Solomon Schechter High School in Westchester teaching Talmud, Bible, and Tefillah. She has served as the Assistant Rabbi at Town and Village Synagogue in downtown Manhattan, directed a Learners’ Minyan and developed free High Holiday service for the downtown community. She has also been on the faculty of The Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Education, The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, St. Luke’s Church, City College of New York, Brandeis College Institute, and The Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel. Rabbi Sosland was ordained at and received her M.A. from The Jewish Theological Seminary; and her B.A. from Harvard College.