NISHMA Faculty

Rabbi Noah B. Bickart plans to receive his PhD in Talmud this spring at JTS, where he was ordained as a rabbi in 2008, and currently serves as an adjunct instructor in Talmud. He also directs the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School of The Jewish Theological Seminary. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he holds degrees in Hebrew Bible from Harvard and in English Literature from the University of Chicago.

Rabbi Eliezer Diamond is the Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS. Rabbi Diamond teaches courses in Rabbinic Literature and introductory, intermediate, and advanced Talmud. He has taught in a variety of settings, including Stern College, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the 92nd Street Y, and several Ramah camps. Rabbi Diamond was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University and received his doctorate in Talmud at JTS.

William Friedman is a doctoral student in Jewish Studies in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations department at Harvard University. He was the director of the Matthew Eisenfeld and Sara Duker Beit Midrash at JTS and the founding director of Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study in the JTS Beit Midrash, which he continues to serve as co-rosh yeshiva. Mr. Friedman taught Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS and at the Academy for Jewish Religion, and has also taught in a wide variety of adult education settings. He earned his MA in Talmud and Rabbinics from JTS, and has studied at the Conservative Yeshiva, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and the Pardes Kollel. He will receive rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes.

Rachel Rosenthal is a PhD candidate in Rabbinic Literature at JTS and a faculty member at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. A graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle, she has served as an American Jewish World Service Kol Tzedek Fellow and taught at the 92nd Street Y, Limmud, and throughout the United States. Ms. Rosenthal is a former program associate at American Jewish World Service, where she managed the rabbinical student delegations and currently serves on the board of Darkhei Noam, where she is the co-head of the ritual committee. She was awarded a curriculum prize by the National Ramah Commission for her development of a food justice curriculum at Camp Ramah in California. Ms. Rosenthal holds a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sarah Wolf is a doctoral candidate in Rabbinic Judaism in the department of Religious Studies at Northwestern University. She has studied Jewish law and rabbinics at JTS,, the Schechter Institute of Advanced Jewish Studies at Hebrew University, the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, and Yeshivat Hadar. Sarah received her BA in Literature from Yale University.