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June 24-July 8, 2018 | Yale University | Tikvah Institute for High School Students
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Featured Faculty

Each of our master teachers brings a unique and passionate vision to their work. In seminars, students will not merely be listeners but actively engaged in dialogue with their teachers as they tackle the big questions and ideas of our time. Students and teachers will also have the chance to connect in informal settings such as meals and during free-time. At the Maimonides Scholars Program, we hope to provide students with faculty who are more than just teachers, but mentors and partners in a lifetime of learning.

Daniel Gordis


Shalem College

Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. The author of more than ten books, Gordis is a regular columnist for both the Jerusalem Post and for Bloomberg View.

Gordis’ newest book is a history of the State of Israel entitled Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn, which received the 2016 National Jewish Book Award as “Book of the Year.”

Gordis’ writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, Azure, Commentary and Foreign Affairs, and his books have received numerous awards. He previously won the National Jewish Book Award, in 2008, for Saving Israel, and two of his other books were finalists for the National Jewish Book Award.  

Dara Horn



Dara Horn was born in New Jersey in 1977 and received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University in 2006, studying Hebrew and Yiddish. In 2007 she was chosen by Granta magazine as one of America’s “Best Young American Novelists.” Her first novel, In the Image, published by W.W. Norton when she was 25, received a 2003 National Jewish Book Award, the 2002 Edward Lewis Wallant Award, and the 2003 Reform Judaism Fiction Prize. Her second novel, The World to Come (2006), received the 2006 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, the 2007 Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and has been translated into eleven languages. Her third novel, All Other Nights (2009), was one of Booklist’s 25 Best Books of the Decade. Her nonfiction e-book The Rescuer (2012) was published by Tablet magazine and became a Kindle bestseller. Her newest novel is A Guide for the Perplexed (2013). She has taught courses in Jewish literature and Israeli history at Harvard, Sarah Lawrence College, and City University of New York, and has lectured at over two hundred universities and cultural institutions throughout North America and in Israel. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.

Michael Doran


Hudson Institute

Michael Doran, an expert in U.S. policy toward the Middle East, radical Islam, and the Arab- Israeli conflict, is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. He has held academic appointments at Princeton and the University of Central Florida, and most recently served as visiting professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University. Prior to coming to Hudson, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and held a number of senior U.S. government posts related to Middle East policy and strategic communication. Among his scholarly works are Pan-Arabism before Nasser (1999) and a forthcoming study of the Eisenhower administration and the Middle East.

Ronna Burger


Tulane University

Ronna Burger is Catherine & Henry J. Gaisman Chair in Philosophy and Sizeler Professor of Jewish Studies at Tulane University, where she has been teaching since 1980, after receiving her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research Graduate Faculty. Her work has been supported by the Mellon, Humboldt, Earhart, and Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundations as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities. Burger is the author of Aristotle’s Dialogue with Socrates: On the Nicomachean Ethics (2008), along with books on Plato’s Phaedo (1984, 1999) and Phaedrus (1980), and a monograph on the question of the holy in Plato’s Euthyphro (2015). Her published articles include “Maimonides on Knowledge of Good and Evil” and “Woman and Nature: the Female Drama of the Book of Genesis.” In recent years Burger has been teaching a series of courses on “Bible and Philosophy,” and has lectured at numerous college campuses on Adam and Eve, Rebekah, Joseph, Moses, and Esther.

Samuel Gregg


Acton Institute

Dr. Samuel Gregg is director of research at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. He has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in moral philosophy and political economy from the University of Oxford and has written and spoken extensively on questions of political economy, economic history, and natural law theory. He is the author of several books, including Morality, Law, and Public Policy (2000), Economic Thinking for the Theologically Minded (2001), On Ordered Liberty (2003), his prize-winning The Commercial Society (2007), Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European Future (2013), and Tea Party Catholic: The Catholic Case for Limited Government, a Free Economy and Human Flourishing (2013. Dr. Gregg regularly publishes in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy; Economic Affairs; Ethics and Public Policy; Foreign Affairs; and his opinion-pieces appear in publications such as the Wall Street Journal Europe; National Review; American Spectator; and Australian Financial Review.

Michael Avi Helfand


Pepperdine University

Professor Michael (Avi) Helfand is an expert on religious law and religious liberty.  A frequent author and lecturer, his work focuses on how U.S. law treats Jewish law, custom and practice.  His articles have appeared in numerous law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the New York University Law Review and the Duke Law Journal, as well as in various public audience publications, including the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the National Law Journal, the Forward, and the Jewish Week.

Darren Staloff


City College of New York

Dr. Darren Staloff is Professor of History at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He earned his B.A. from Columbia College and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Prior to taking his position at City College, Staloff served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, Virginia. He also spent three years as a preceptor of Contemporary Civilization at Columbia University. Professor Staloff is the recipient of a National Endowment of Humanities Fellowship, the President’s Fellowship at Columbia University, and the Harry J. Carman Scholar at Columbia University. Professor Staloff has published numerous papers and reviews on the subject of early American history and is the author of The Making of an American Thinking Class: Intellectuals and Intelligentsia in Puritan Massachusetts (1998) and Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson: The Politics of Enlightenment and the American Founding (2005).

Shuli Taubes


SAR High School

Shuli Taubes received her Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and her BA in history from Barnard College. She currently serves as a faculty member at SAR High School in Riverdale, New York, where she teaches Tanakh, Jewish Identity, and chairs the Jewish Philosophy department. She has also developed and teaches a curriculum for educating Modern Orthodox high school students in comparative religion. Last year, Shuli was the Sopher Community Scholar at the Young Israel of North Riverdale where she gave shiurim and served in a pastoral role. She also lectures in synagogues throughout the country. Shuli and her husband Ari live in Washington Heights, New York.

Mark Gottlieb

Senior Director

The Tikvah Fund

Rabbi Mark Gottlieb is Senior Director of the Tikvah Fund and founding Dean of the Tikvah Institute for High School Students at Yale University. Prior to joining Tikvah, Rabbi Gottlieb served as Head of School at Yeshiva University High School for Boys and Principal of the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA and has taught at The Frisch School, Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Hebrew Theological College, Loyola University in Chicago, and the University of Chicago. He received his B.A. from Yeshiva College, rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, where his doctoral studies focused on the moral and political thought of Alasdair MacIntyre. Rabbi Gottlieb is a member of the Orthodox Forum Steering Committee and serves on the Editorial Committee of Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought. He lives in Teaneck, NJ with his wife and five children.

Kate Havard

Associate Director for Educational Programs

Tikvah Fund

Kate Havard is the Associate Director for Educational Programs at the Tikvah Fund and the co-editor of Athens, Arden, Jerusalem: Essays in Honor of Mera Flaumenhaft. 

Previously, Kate was a research analyst at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, where she studied economic warfare and illicit financial networks.

Kate was also a Tikvah Fellow at the Wall Street Journal and a Collegiate Network Intern at the Weekly Standard and the Washington Post.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, Annapolis.


Kate Havard

Associate Director for Educational Programs