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Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Dean, is a prominent lecturer and author who is world renowned for his highly original insights into Judaism and his ability to communicate the relevance of Jewish values and practice in today’s complicated world. A native of the Spanish- Portuguese Jewish community of Holland who holds a doctorate in philosophy, Rabbi Lopes Cardozo received rabbinic ordination from the Gateshead Talmudic College and studied in Israel at the Institute for Higher Rabbinical Studies of Chief Rabbi Unterman and at the Mir Yeshiva. In addition to teaching Jewish audiences, Rabbi Lopes Cardozo often lectures to non-Jewish groups, including Christian leaders, about comparative religion and the fundamentals of Judaism. Several of his many books and articles have been translated into several languages (see books page).

Rabbi Francis Nataf, Educational Director, is a well-respected educator who has held many senior educational positions in Israel and the United States at such prestigious institutions as Yeshiva University, the Shehebar Sephardic Study Center and the David Shapell College of Jewish Studies. Rabbi Nataf was ordained at Yeshiva University and also holds degrees in Jewish history and international affairs. He has written numerous articles for a variety of important Jewish websites and periodicals and has just finished writing his first book entitled Redeeming Relevance in the Book of Genesis: Explorations in Text and Meaning (Urim Publications).

Prof. Yehudah Gellman is Professor of philosophy at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem. He is the author of Experience of God and the Rationality of Theistic Belief (Cornell University Press), The Fear, the Trembling, and the Fire: Kierkegaard and Hasidic Masters on the Binding of Isaac (University Press of America), Mystical Experience of God, a Philosophical Enquiry (Ashgate Publishers, London), and Abraham! Abraham! (Ashgate Publishers, London). Prof. Gellman is on sabbatical in 2006-7.

Rabbi Zvi Grumet is a teacher and thinker who served the American Jewish community for more than two decades before he made aliyah. He now teaches at Machon Pardes and Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi, and is a senior member of the educational team at The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education at Bar Ilan University. He has published numerous articles on Bible, Jewish Thought and Education, is Associate Editor of Jewish Educational Leadership, and is working on a new commentary on Bereishit. Rabbi Grumet was ordained at Yeshiva University and has a MA in Educational Administration from the Azrieli Graduate Institute.

Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Schnall teaches philosophy at Bar Ilan University. He is a prolific writer whose articles frequently appear in a variety of scholarly journals. Rabbi Schnall's ordination is from Yeshiva University and he taught Jewish Studies for over a decade at David Shapell College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Among his areas of interest are the philosophy of science and the philosophy of religion.

Visiting Lecturers

Prof. Susan Handelman, Bar Ilan University
Prof. Moshe Koppel, Bar Ilan University
Rabbi Prof. Menachem Kellner, Haifa University
Dr. William Kolbrener, Bar Ilan University
Rabbi Simcha Krauss
Prof. Gideon Lewensohn, Bar Ilan University
Simi Peters, Nishmat
Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore
Rabbi Natan Slifkin
Rabbi Prof. Daniel Sperber, Bar Ilan University
Rabbi Dr. Avraham Walfish, Herzog Teacher's College

Guest Speakers

Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm
Chief Rabbi Prof. Jonathan Sacks
Dr. David Bernstein
Rabbi Chaim Brovender
Prof. Dov I. Frimer
Prof. Andre Hajdu
Rabbanit Chana Henkin
Rabbi Prof. Carmi Horowitz
Elli Jaffe
Rabbi Ari Kahn
Prof. Aaron Kirschenbaum
Rabbi Menachem Liebtag
Prof. Elliot Melamet
Prof. Aviezer Ravitzky
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein
Rabbi David Rosen
Rabbi Prof. Naftali Rothenberg
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

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