Our Staff

Dr. Ora Horn Prouser
Executive Vice President and Academic Dean
Ph.D., B.A., Bible, Visiting Assistant Professor, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; B.A., Columbia University; graduate studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; published numerous scholarly articles.

Rabbi David Greenstein
Rosh HaYeshivah/Rabbinic Dean – The Academy for Jewish Religion
Rabbi, The Academy for Jewish Religion; Ph.D, Kabbalah and Rabbinics, New York University; B.A., Philosophy, M.A., Talmud, Yeshiva University; M.F.A.,Queens College; Core Faculty member, The Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Congregation Emanu-El, New York;
member, Associate Editor, The Journal of The Academy for Jewish Religion; Former member of Editorial Board, Conservative Judaism; has taught at SUNY-Stony Brook, Touro College, NYU, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Jewish Theological Seminary, and adult programs, including Meah and Melton; author of essays on Jewish thought and culture; member, AJS, Rabbinical Assembly, CAJE, NY Board of Rabbis; exhibiting artist for many years.

Hazzan Ramon Tasat
Director of Cantorial Studies – The Academy for Jewish Religion
Trained at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory and the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary in Argentina, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; Cantor of Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, MD; President of Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music; Musical advisor of the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Music Festival; and board member of the American Friends of Neot Kedumim; Internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer, arranger and choral director.

Rabbi Jill Hammer
Director of Spiritual Education – The Academy for Jewish Religion
Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Connecticut; Rabbi, M.A., The Jewish Theological Seminary; B.A., Brandeis University; Co-founder of Kohenet: The Hebrew Priestess Institute; Director, Tel Shemesh, a website and community celebrating and creating Jewish earth-based traditions; Author, The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons (JPS 2006), a collection of legends and meditations for every day of the Jewish year, and Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women (JPS 2001).

Cantor Lisa Klinger-Kantor
Dean of Admissions
Hazzan, The Academy for Jewish Religion; M.A., Performance of Voice, New York University; B.A., Voice, Mannes College of Music. Cantor, Shaarei Shalom, Bellmore, NY. Extensive voice practice, teaching the art of singing to Cantors and Rabbis.

Sandra Kilstein
Dean of Students and Director of Placement
M.S.W., Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, NY; B.A., Stern College for Women, NY.

Helene Santo
Director of Operations
M.M., Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; B.A., Drake University, Des Moines, IA.

Kelly Moore
Office Manager
B.A., Monroe College, Bronx, NY.