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Dr. Rachel Rosenthal

Director of External Affairs and Gemara Faculty


Dr. Rachel Rosenthal is Gemara faculty and Director of External Affairs. Before coming to Maharat, she was an adjunct assistant professor of Rabbinic Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary and served as a Research Fellow and faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She received her PhD in Rabbinic Literature from JTS, where her dissertation focused on how rabbinic analysis of the case of the stubborn and rebellious son provides models for moral education and development. During her time in graduate school, she was a Graduate Fellow in the Center for Law and Jewish Civilization at Cardozo Law School, a David Hartman Center Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and a Wabash Teaching Fellow, and she was the first graduate student ever to be voted List College Professor of the Year. Rachel has served on the faculty of the Academy for Jewish Religion, the Maimonides Scholars Program, Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study, Drisha, the JCC of Manhattan, the 92nd Street Y, and Central Synagogue. Her writing has been published by Tablet, the Forward, and eJewishPhilanthropy. She serves as the co-chair of the Ritual Committee at Darkhei Noam, where she is also a frequent gabbai and teacher. Rachel is a graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle and holds a BA in religious studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

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