Aliza Libman Baronofsky was born in Ottawa, Ontario and grew up in Toronto. She studied Tanach at Midreshet Lindenbaum and York University, where she earned an advanced certificate in Hebrew and Jewish studies in addition to her academic degrees. Aliza also has an ALM in Math for Teaching from Harvard University. Aliza taught Tanach and math to middle and high school students at the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA from 2005-2016. There, she launched www.chumashandmath.blogspot.com, a repository of interdisciplinary lesson plans she has designed and implemented. In 2016, Aliza moved with her husband and daughters to Rockville, MD. She now teaches at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and is a proud member of Kehilat Pardes - the Rock Creek Synagogue, where she volunteers as a Mikvah administrator.
Dr Shira Billet is a postdoctoral associate in the departments of Judaic Studies and Philosophy at Yale University. Her dissertation (Princeton University, 2019) was entitled “The Philosopher as Witness: Hermann Cohen’s Philosophers and the Trials of Wissenschaft des Judentums.”
Shira’s doctoral research was supported by several fellowships, including the Wexner Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies, the Leo Baeck Fellowship Program (Germany), the Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship at the University Center for Human Values (Princeton University), and the Religion and Culture Fellowship at the Center for the Study of Religion (Princeton University).
Dr. Shira Billet is a Research Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she sits on the iEngage research team. Shira has also taught Jewish thought and philosophy of religion at Princeton University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Fordham University. She has taught rabbinic literature at the Hadar Institute and the Drisha Institute, and modern Jewish history at the Frisch School.
Dalia Davis double majored in Jewish History and Dance at Barnard College, studied at Israel’s Nishmat Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women, and received an M.A. in Jewish Education and a certificate in Talmud and Halacha from YU’s Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies for Women. Dalia is a co-founder and CSO (Chief Spiritual Officer) of Uprooted: A Jewish Response to Fertility Journeys. She currently teaches adult education courses for the Florence Melton School in Minneapolis and teaches advanced Judaic studies at the Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School. Prior to moving to the Twin Cities, Dalia served as Rosh Beit Midrash for the Merkavah Women’s Torah Institute in Berkeley, CA, was a Melton instructor in Springfield, MA, and served as Jewish dance educator for the Foundation for Jewish Camps. She is also the creator of Beit Midrash in Motion, a fully embodied approach to Jewish text study.
Adina Fredman teaches classes at Maharat on gemara and tanakh. She has been an informal educator at Drisha and the shoelet for the July Beit Midrash. After teaching Limudei Kodesh at SAR Academy for fifteen years, she became a full time student at Drisha in 2009. She has studied in the Beit Midrash, Scholars Beit Midrash and July Institute Programs.
Professor Sarit Kattan Gribetz is an associate professor in the Theology Department at Fordham University. Her areas of research and teaching include rabbinic literature, the history of Jews in the Roman Empire, conceptions of time and time-keeping, and gender and sexuality. Her first book, Time and Difference in Rabbinic Judaism (Princeton University Press, 2020) examines how rabbinic texts use time to define Jewish identity. She is now writing her second book, Jerusalem: A Feminist History. Sarit received her B.A. and Ph.D. from the Religion Department at Princeton University, studied Talmud and Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a Fulbright Fellow, and served as a research fellow at the Israel Institute for Advanced Study.
Rina Krautwirth attended Barnard College, where she majored in Biology. She is a graduate of the Drisha Scholar’s Circle, where she studied for three years. She also holds a Master’s degree in Modern Jewish History from YU and an MLIS from Queens College. Rina has served on the young leadership board of the New York chapter of the Israel Cancer Research Fund, where she helped to organize fundraising events. She also has interned at the American Museum of Natural History, including at its butterfly exhibit. She is interested in the intersection between science and Judaism and has written articles and spoken on the topic.
Dr Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz was born in Sydney, Australia, and grew up in Great Britain. After gaining a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, she made aliyah in 1980, and lived in Jerusalem for 17 years. While there, she gained an MA in Prehistory from the Hebrew University, served as assistant librarian of the Israel Antiquities Authority and production editor of the Israel Exploration Journal, and worked as an archaeological translator and editor; she also met and married her husband Norm, a fellow member of Kehillat Yedidya, and both her daughters were born in Jerusalem. In 1998, after moving to London, Lindsey graduated from the Susi Bradfield Women Educators' Programme, and became a Teaching Fellow at London School of Jewish Studies, as well as editing academic books for the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. She gained her PhD in Jewish Studies and Anthropology from University College London in 2016, and her revised thesis will be published as a book, Challenge and Conformity: The Religious Lives of Orthodox Jewish Women, by the Littman Library in 2020. Lindsey has lectured at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, King's College London, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and will lead the Fishman Faculty Seminar at the Deaprtment of Jewish Studies of Vassar College, NY, in spring 2019. She is active in interfaith projects, and served as a Scriptural Reasoning Facilitator at the Cambridge Interfaith Programme's International Summer Schools in 2014 and 2015. She teaches regularly at Limmud in the UK, and has presented sessions at Limmoed Netherlands and Limmud South Africa, as well as around Britain in many Jewish communities. She is a founding member of the Hendon Partnership Minyan, and teaches leyning to adults and bat mitzvah girls.
Amy Newman comes to Maharat with thirteen years of experience teaching in Jewish day schools, where she has taught every grade from kindergarten through twelfth. Currently, Amy is the Judaic Studies Curriculum Coordinator and middle school Tanakh teacher at the Solomon Schechter Day School in Newton, MA. Previously she worked at Gann Academy: the New Jewish High School of Greater Boston, where taught Judaic Studies, ran a character development program for students and faculty based on mussar teachings, and served as a rabbinic presence to the young high school students to whom she taught and counseled. Amy has a BA in Jewish Studies from McGill University, an EdM in Learning and Teaching from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is a graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle.
Lisa Schlaff is the Director of Judaic Studies at SAR High School in Riverdale,
New York where she teaches Talmud and Tanakh. She has an EdM in Curriculum Development from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and has completed coursework towards a doctorate in Talmud at New York University. Lisa has studied and taught at the Drisha Institute and is a graduate of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship program. She is a co-founder of the Darkhei Noam minyan in Manhattan.
Emily Singer is a teacher, social worker and freelance writer. Singer and her husband, Ross, were rebbetzin and rabbi of Vancouver’s Shaarey Tefilah congregation until 2004. The Singers spent two years in Jerusalem and then moved to Baltimore, MD., where Ross was rabbi at Congregation Beth Tfiloh and Emily taught Judaic studies at Beth Tfiloh High School, until they moved to Israel in 2010. Emily received her Israeli English Teaching license from Shaanan college in 2013. Currently, she works at the Shaked School at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu where she teaches English and Literature and serves as the English coordinator.
Dr. Wendy Zierler is Sigmund Falk Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies at HUC-JIR in New York. Prior to joining HUC-JIR she was a Research Fellow in the English Department of the University of Hong Kong, where she taught from 1996-2001. She received her Ph.D. and her MA from Princeton University and her BA from Yeshiva University. In December 2016 she also received an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of Movies and Midrash: Popular Film and Jewish Religious Conversation (SUNY 2017, Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience, 2017) and of And Rachel Stole the Idols: The Emergence of Hebrew Women’s Writing (Wayne State UP, 2004), in addition to many articles on Jewish literature and the Bible from a feminist / gender Studies perspective. Together with Carole Balin, she edited two books on forgotten Hebrew prose writer and feminist critic Hava Shapiro (1878-1943). In 2017 she was named Co-Editor-in Chief of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History.