Faculty

The Saltz faculty includes some of Israel’s most accomplished scholars and educators. Our professionals come from a variety of fields and apply their expertise to Jewish learning. Among the specialized subjects of study are Bible, Talmud, Liturgy, Literature, Informal Education, History, Hebrew, Philosophy, Jewish Education, Jewish Thought, Sociology, Historical Geography and Israel Studies.

Rabbi Shlomo Fox Rabbi Shlomo Fox

Is the Educational director for Israel Defense Forces project at Beit Morasha. In addition to teaching education at Hebrew Union College, he teaches in the Shechter Institute, Mevasseret, Beit Shmuel and the Ra’anana Batei Midrash. He received his Rabbinic Ordination from Machon Schechter in Jerusalem and his MA in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University.
 

Hirsch Goodman Hirsch Goodman

Author, political analyst, and Middle East news correspondent is a Senior Research Associate at The Jaffee Center at Tel Aviv University. Previously, he was the Vice President of the Jerusalem Post and the founder of The Jerusalem Report. He has been a correspondent for the Sunday Times of London and a Strategic Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
 

Dr. David Ilan Dr. David Ilan

Is director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at the Jerusalem campus of the Hebrew Union College. His publications deal with a wide range of subjects: the Middle Bronze Age of the southern Levant, the archaeology of death, northern Israel in the early Iron Age Dr. Ilan has lived in Israel since 1976.

He completed his BA and MA degrees at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his PhD at Tel Aviv University (dissertation title: Northeastern Israel in the Early Iron Age).

Steve Israel Steve Israel

Comes from a strong youth movement background in England. He made aliyah in 1975, spending his first eight years on a kibbutz. He then moved to Jerusalem, where he took a Masters in Jewish history.
He teaches in various frameworks – including the Machon LeMadrichei Chul (Institute for Training Leaders from Abroad), where he has been an instructor for 20 years – as well as training educators in different skills.

Rabbi Rich Kirschen Rabbi Rich Kirschen

Is the director of the Anita Saltz International Education Center. He was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1996. Prior to making Aliyah to Israel he served as a Hillel director for eight years at Brown University and the University of Michigan. Kirschen’s instructional area of expertise, “Like All the Nations? Understanding Judaism and the Jewish State” is a part of the wide-ranging curriculum being taught by the Saltz Education Center.

Professor Paul Liptz Professor Paul Liptz

Professor Paul Liptz is a social historian who lectures in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University, and in Israel Studies at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. He has published articles on contemporary Jewry and Jewish History and has lectured and conducted workshops in 12 countries. In addition, he has traveled throughout Europe with numerous groups and is recognized as an outstanding Scholar in Residence, who is capable of translating complex issues and realities into language we can all understand.

Dr. Michael Marmur Dr. Michael Marmur

Is the Dean of the Jerusalem School of Hebrew Union College-JIR. Prior to joining the administration of HUC-JIR, Dr. Marmur served as rabbi of Ohel Avraham Congregation at the Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa. He is one of the first non-sabra graduates of the College-Institute's Israel Rabbinic Program. Dr. Marmur teaches widely on Modern Jewish Thought.
 

Dr. Amira Meir Dr. Amira Meir

Is an outstanding Bible scholar and noted lecturer throughout Jerusalem. She wrote her dissertation (PhD McGill Univ.) on Medieval Jewish Interpretation of Pentateuchal Poetry. Dr. Meir is a graduate of Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Bible and Education.



Rabbi Joel D. Oseran Rabbi Joel D. Oseran

Is the Associate Director of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) and responsible for the organization’s international development and programming. In 1986 Rabbi Oseran made aliyah to Israel and joined the World Union Jerusalem headquarters as Director of Education. Rabbi Oseran directed the Progressive movement’s educational and religious programs in the Former Soviet Union, and plays a leading role in directing Progressive Judaism’s support for the Jewish community in Central Europe and South America.

Rabbi Uri Regev Rabbi Uri Regev

Is an internationally renowned leader and advocate of the liberal movements of Judaism in his native Israel and around the world. He is president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, a global umbrella organization of the Progressive, Reform, Liberal and Reconstructionist movements, serving more than 1,200 congregations and communities in 42 countries on six continents.
 

Julian Resnick Julian Resnick

Is Director of the Living Judaism Initiative of the RSGB (Reform Synagogues of Great Britain). He has been involved in the work of Synagogue Transformation over the past four years in communities in London and Leeds. He lives in Israel and commutes to his job in London. Previous work has all been in the area of Jewish Education working in Israel, the United States and South Africa with both adults and young people. Presently involved in Jewish Travel programs with Jeremy Leigh all over Europe.

Rabbi Rachel Sabath (Shabbat) Beit-Halachmi Rabbi Rachel Sabath (Shabbat) Beit-Halachmi

Is a member of the faculty and a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, where she also directs Lay Leadership education. Rachel teaches liturgy and theology at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, and is completing a PhD at JTS. Rachel has been a scholar with organizations such as CLAL, the Wexner Heritage Foundation, and the Skirball Center.
 

Stuart Schoffman Stuart Schoffman

Is an Associate Editor and columnist for The Jerusalem Report. A graduate of Harvard and Yale, he worked for Time and Fortune magazines in New York and as a Hollywood screenwriter before making aliyah in 1988. Mr. Schoffman has taught history at the University of Texas, and film at the Claremont Colleges, the University of Southern California, and Tel-Aviv University. He publishes widely on Israeli and Jewish affairs.

Dr. Schleifer Dr. Schleifer

Is Professor of Sacred Music and Director of the School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem. He began his musical training at the age of 5 as a choirboy at the synagogue choir of Shirat Israel Institute. He studied violin and French horn at the New Jerusalem Conservatory of Music and served as teacher and lecturer at Rubin Academy of Music and Tel Aviv University.
 

Rabbi Levi W. Kelman Rabbi Levi W. Kelman

Founded Kehillat Kol HaNeshama in 1985, Jerusalem's most dynamic congregation. This center for Progressive Judaism is at the forefront of the struggle for religious pluralism in Israel's highly polarized society. He teaches liturgy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem, lectures frequently in Israel and abroad on Jewish spirituality and prayer, and, has been teaching about spirituality and moral challenges facing Israel today.

Rabbi David Wilfond Rabbi David Wilfond

Served as the only Reform rabbi in the Former Soviet Union from 1997-1999, upon his ordination from Hebrew Union College. There he was the rabbi of Congregation Hatikva in Kiev, directed the Reform Movement's Institute for Modern Jewish Studies. Prior to making aliyah in 2004, Rabbi Wilfond served for five years as Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Mass., near Boston. Today he is the director of outreach and recruitment at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Maya Leibovich Rabbi Maya Leibovich

Is the head of Kehilat Mevasseret Zion. Rabbi Leibovich is the first woman rabbi ordained in Israel by the Hebrew Union College. As a native Israeli Rabbi Leibovich expresses her love of Jewish tradition, the Land of Israel, spirituality, traditional Jewish and modern Israeli literature in her involvement in the current Israeli scene.



Rabbi David FormanRabbi David Forman

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Rabbi Forman moved to Israel thirty-five years ago. As the former director of Israel programs of the Israel office in Jerusalem of the Union for Reform Judaism, he has been instrumental in building programs that bridge the Israel-Diaspora divide. Rabbi Forman has been active in human rights and peace movements in Israel. He was the founding chairperson of the Jerusalem Council for Soviet Jewry (1973), was chairperson if Interns for Peace (1984-1986) and founding chairperson of Israeli Rabbis for Human Rights (1988-1992), on whose behalf he accepted the prestigious Knesset Peace Prize (1993). He served as a deputy commander in the Israeli army, receiving a medal for distinguished service. He has lectured internationally on Human Rights, including as the keynote speaker at the Nobel Institute in Oslo.