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Dr. Ellen M. Umansky

Carl & Dorothy Bennett Chair in Judaic Studies & Professor of Religious Studies
o: Donnarumma Hall Rm 245
p: x2065


B.A., Wellesley College
M.A., Yale University
M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

Current Research Interests

 I am currently working on two book projects: the first, a work of constructive theology, to be published by New York University Press, focusing on Judaism, liberalism, feminism and God, and the second, an in-depth study of Paula Ackerman, Spiritual Leader of Reform congregation Beth Israel in Meridian, Mississippi from 1951-53 (and as such, the first woman to occupy the pulpit in a mainstream, American Jewish congregation).

Courses Taught

  1. AS 404: Capstone Project
  2. HR 202: Honors Seminar
  3. RS 4: Jews & Judaism in America
  4. RS 100: Introduction to Judaism
  5. RS 101: History of Jewish Experience
  6. RS 210: Intro to Judaism
  7. RS 211: History of Jewish Experience
  8. RS 213: Jews and Judaism in America
  9. RS 215: Women in Judaism
  10. RS 218: Faith After the Holocaust
  11. RS 242: Jews&Judaism in America
  12. RS 244: Faith After the Holocaust
  13. RS 315: Modern Jewish Theology
  14. RS 340: Modern Jewish Theology