Faculty Advisory Committee


Gannit Ankori is head of the division of Creative Arts at Brandeis, professor of Art History, and chair in Israeli Art in the Department of Fine Arts and Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. For more see our faculty page...

Rachel Fish '13 is associate director of the Schusterman Center and lecturer on modern Israel in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. More... 

Reuven Kimelman is professor of classical rabbinic literature in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. He teaches courses and directs doctoral work in Talmud, Midrash, liturgy, ethics and the Jewish political tradition. For his faculty page, click here...

Yehudah Mirsky is associate professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis and author of "Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution" from Yale University Press. See our faculty page for more... 

Ari Ofengenden is assistant professor of Jewish Studies at Brandeis University and director of the Hebrew language program. He is the author of The Passion for Absence in Abraham Shlonsky (Hebrew University Press, 2010) and Shlonsky an Introduction to his Poetry (De Gruyter Press, 2014). See his faculty page for more... 

Jonathan Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Director of its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. For more see our faculty page...

Ilana Szobel is assistant professor on the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Chair in Hebrew Literature. Her book The Work of Dahlia Ravikovitch: A Poetics of Trauma recently published by Brandeis University Press. More...

S. Ilan Troen '63  is former director of the Schusterman Center and is the Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis. More... 

Former members

Vardit Ringvald is the former director of the Hebrew language program and has been teaching at Brandeis University since 1985. Her presentations and publications deal with topics of competency-based curriculum for teaching Modern Hebrew in all educational settings. She is involved in national initiatives to advance the learning and teaching of Hebrew in America. She, along with her colleagues, published "Brandeis Modern Hebrew," which has become the standard college Hebrew textbook in America.  In summer 2007 she established the Brandeis-Middlebury School of Hebrew at Middlebury College VT.  She is also the Director and the Advisor for the MA in Hebrew teaching at Brandeis.

Theodore Sasson is senior research scientist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute, Brandeis University. He is also Associate Professor of International Studies at Middlebury College, and Visiting Research Professor, Sociology Department, Brandeis University. Author of books and scholarly articles in the fields of political sociology and criminology, Sasson’s current work examines Israeli political culture and Israel-Diaspora relations. His most recent articles include: “From Mass Mobilization to Direct Engagement:  The Changing Relationship of American Jews to Israel” (Israel Studies, summer 2010); “Trends in American Jewish Attachment to Israel: an Assessment of the ‘Distancing’ Hypothesis (with Charles Kadushin and Leonard Saxe, Contemporary Jewry); and “From Shrine to Forum: Masada and the Politics of Jewish Extremism (with Shaul Kelner, Israel Studies, Spring 2008).

Eugene R. Sheppard is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought, Associate Director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry, and is currently serving as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. He received his Ph.D. at UCLA in the department of History in 2001.  In Leo Strauss and the Politics of Exile: The Making of a Political Philosopher (Brandeis University Press 2006), he critically assesses the development of this controversial and enigmatic German-Jewish refugee's political philosophy and its legacy. Professor Sheppard is co-editing a volume on Simon Rawidowicz with David N. Myers; he and Samuel Moyn (Columbia University) are managing editors of a series on Brandeis University Press/UPNE entitled Readings in Modern Jewish Thought. He is co-editor of the AJS Review book reviews. He is a contributor to the Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy.