About Our Alumni

The JTS Experience Ensures Jewish Progress and the Education of the Generations 

Alumni of The Graduate School of The Jewish Theological Seminary serve as leaders in a variety of fields, within the Jewish community and beyond. Their sophisticated understanding of the Jewish experience, developed through engagement with texts within a dynamic Jewish community, provides them with the knowledge and confidence to succeed as professionals in careers such as academia, law, communal service, and museum education, among many others. Read below for an overview of JTS alumni success and learn more about four inspiring graduates

Alumni of The Graduate School have held faculty positions at renowned universities throughout the world:

  • American University
  • Bar-Ilan University
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Cambridge University
  • Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Columbia University
  • Freie Universität, Berlin
  • Georgetown University
  • Hebrew Union College
  • Hebrew University
  • Indiana University
  • Middlebury College
  • Monash University, Australia
  • Oberlin College
  • Princeton University
  • Russian State University for the Humanities
  • Rutgers University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Temple University
  • The George Washington University
  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of London, Great Britain
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Wesleyan University
  • Yale University
  • Yeshiva College

Some alumni have also gone on to successful careers in communal agencies, museums, and other notable educational institutions, including:

  • 92nd Street Y
  • American Friends of the Jerusalem Open House
  • AMIT
  • American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
  • Hillel International
  • Israel Museum
  • JCC in Manhattan
  • JESNA
  • Jewish Museum
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage
  • UJA
  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum

MA GRADUATES
Rachel Goldstein (GS '12, MA, Jewish Art and Visual Culture)
Assistant Curator, Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Maria Carson (GS '12, MA, Jewish Thought)
PhD Student, Syracuse University

Sarah Ifft (GS '11, MA, Medieval Jewish Studies)
PhD Student, Yale University

Jonathan Lopatin (GS '11, MA, Talmud)
Former Vice President, Goldman Sachs

Brett Drucker (GS '10, MA, Jewish Art and Visual Culture)
Director of Arts Development, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

Ariella Goldfein (GS '10, MA, Modern Jewish Studies)
Planning Associate, Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal, UJA-Federation of New York 

PhD GRADUATES
Geoffrey Claussen (GS '11, PhD, Jewish Thought)
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and the Lori and Eric Sklut Emerging Scholar in Jewish Studies, Elon College

Edna Friedberg (GS '07, PhD, Modern Jewish Studies)
Historian and Director of the Wexner Learning Center, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC

Jonathan S. Ray (GS '03, PhD, Medieval Jewish Studies)
Samuel Eig Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Theology Department, Georgetown University

Jonathan Decter (GS '02, PhD, Medieval Jewish Studies)
Edmond J. Safra Professor of Sephardic Studies, Brandeis University

Gwynn Kessler (GS '01, PhD, Midrash)
Assistant Professor of Religion, Swarthmore College

Paul Radensky (GS '01, PhD, 2001)
Museum Educator for Jewish Schools, Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

For alumni requesting information, email gsadmissions@jtsa.edu to authorize us to access your JTS academic file from the registrar. Please include your degree and date of graduation. We may require additional transcripts, or letters of reference, if those on file are outdated, nonacademic, or unofficial. An application fee is required.

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