David G. Roskies is the Sol and Evelyn Henkind Chair in Yiddish Literature and Culture and professor of Jewish Literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Dr. Roskies is a cultural historian of Eastern European Jewry, focused on the Holocaust and the folklore of Ashkenazic Jewry. A prolific author, editor, and scholar, he has written numerous books including Against the Apocalypse: Responses to Catastrophe in Modern Jewish Culture, The Literature of Destruction, and, most recently, Holocaust Literature: A History and Guide. In 1981 Dr. Roskies cofounded Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History, and he has served since 1998 as editor in chief of Yale University Press’ New Yiddish Library.
The Jewish Theological Seminary
Stephen Garfinkel is associate provost and an assistant professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Dr. Garfinkel received a master's degree and rabbinic ordination from JTS and a PhD in Middle East Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. Dr. Garfinkel's current research is focused on early popular perceptions of Moses as a divine figure. His essays published during the past few years include "Clearing Peshat and Derash" (Hebrew Bible / Old Testament: The History of Its Interpretation); and "The Man Moses, the Leader Moses" (Jewish Religious Leadership: Image and Reality, edited by Jack Wertheimer).
The Jewish Theological Seminary
Eitan P. Fishbane is associate professor in the Department of Jewish Thought of The Jewish Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in the literature and history of Jewish mysticism, from medieval Kabbalah to modern Hasidism. He is the author of As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist and is presently at work on a new book, provisionally titled The Poetics of the Zohar. Outside of his traditional scholarly work, Dr. Fishbane writes widely on topics related mysticism, including the book The Sabbath Soul: Mystical Reflections on the Transformative Power of Holy Time.
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Dr. Alyssa Gray is the Emily S. and Rabbi Bernard H. Mehlman Chair in Rabbinics and associate professor of Codes and Responsa Literature at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She received her PhD with distinction in Talmud and Rabbinics from The Jewish Theological Seminary, and also earned an LLM in Mishpat Ivri from the Hebrew University Faculty of Law and a JD from the Columbia University School of Law. Dr. Gray’s current research interests are Talmud criticism, wealth, poverty, and charity in rabbinic literature, and the application of new theoretical perspectives on law, literature, and history to the reading of medieval Jewish legal literature. She is the author of A Talmud in Exile: The Influence of Yerushalmi Avodah Zarah on the Formation of Bavli Avodah Zarah.
Claire E. Sufrin is a lecturer in Religious Studies and Jewish Studies at Northwestern University, where she teaches courses in modern Jewish thought, post-Holocaust theology, religion and literature, and American Judaism. Her current research focuses on the philosopher Martin Buber and his writings about the Hebrew Bible; she has also published articles on feminist Jewish theology and contemporary Jewish literature in America. She completed a PhD in Religious Studies at Stanford University. Claire was named to OyChicago’s "Double Chai in the Chi: 36 under 36" list 2013 in recognition of her work in adult Jewish education. A Chicago-area native and an alum of Solomon Schechter Day School, she lives in Evanston with her husband Michael Simon, who is the executive director of Northwestern Hillel, and their son Jacob, who is a student at the Solomon Schechter Day School Early Childhood Center.
David Shyovitz (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2011) studies the intellectual and cultural history of the Jews of medieval and early modern Europe. His particular interests include German Pietism (Hasidut Ashkenaz), the history of "nature" and "the body," the history of law, and Jewish-Christian relations. His current book project examines medieval Jewish understandings of the natural world, and explores the ways in which Jewish and Christian thinkers distinguished "nature" from "the supernatural." He has been a fellow at the Center for Jewish Law at the Cardozo School of Law in New York City. At Northwestern, David teaches courses on Medieval Jewish History, Jewish-Christian Relations, Jewish Messianism, the Blood Libel, and Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Thought.
Lara Trubowitz is the author of Civil Antisemitism, Modernism, and British Culture, 1902–1939, and coeditor of Antisemitism and Philosemitism in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries: Representing Jews, Jewishness, and Modern Culture. Her research and teaching interests are in 20th– and 21st–century British and American anti-Semitism, fascism, and neofascism and Jewish American literature and culture. Lara has taught at UC Berkeley and the University of Iowa, and was recently a fellow at Northwestern’s Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization. She is now working on two new book projects: Leonard Woolf in the Shadow of Empire: Modernism and the League of Nations and Selling Prejudice in Britain and America: Race, Religion, and the New Far Right, the latter of which focuses on extremist right-wing movements in Britain and America and their representation in literature, film, and television.