Program Staff & Faculty
Rabbi Shlomo Brody
Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Brody is the co-dean of Tikvah Online Academy and founding director of the Tikvah Overseas Student Institute. A columnist for The Jerusalem Post since 2007, Brody previously served for a decade as a senior instructor at Yeshivat Hakotel and as a junior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute. Brody’s writings focus on making Jewish texts accessible to broader audiences while applying them to contemporary social and ethical dilemmas. His work has appeared in Mosaic, First Things, The Federalist, Tablet, Tzohar, The Forward, Hakirah, and other popular publications, and has been cited in Israeli Supreme Court decisions. His first book, A Guide to the Complex: Contemporary Halakhic Debates (Maggid), received a 2014 National Jewish Book Award. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, he received rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, an MA in Jewish philosophy at the Hebrew University, and his PhD from Bar Ilan University Law School, where he continues to serve as a post-doctoral fellow. Originally from Houston, Texas, Rabbi Brody now lives in Modi’in with his wife, Rocky, and five children.
Ariella Gentin serves as the Assistant Director for the Tikvah Overseas Student Institute. She graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Brandeis University, with a double major in Politics and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Before college, Ariella studied at Midreshet Nishmat. Ariella has worked with a number of Jewish and Israeli organizations, including the Times of Israel, the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA), and the American Jewish Committee (AJC), where she was awarded the Fellowship for Interreligious Understanding.
Dr. R.J. Snell
R.J. Snell is the director of academic programs at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, NJ, editor-in-chief of The Public Discourse, and occasional visiting instructor at Princeton University. He earned his MA in philosophy at Boston College, and his PhD in philosophy at Marquette University. Research interests include the liberal arts, ethics, natural law theory, Thomas Aquinas, the Catholic intellectual tradition, and the work of Bernard Lonergan, SJ. He is the author of Through a Glass Darkly: Bernard Lonergan and Richard Rorty on Knowing without a God’s-eye View (Marquette, 2006); Authentic Cosmopolitanism (with Steve Cone, Pickwick, 2013); The Perspective of Love: Natural Law in a New Mode (Pickwick, 2014); Acedia and Its Discontents (Angelico, 2015); and co-editor of Subjectivity: Ancient and Modern and Nature: Ancient and Modern, as well as articles, chapters, and essays in a variety of scholarly and popular venues. He and his family reside in the Princeton area.
Adina C. Levine/Rydzinski has served as an adjunct professor at Touro Law School in Jewish Law, MMY, Drisha, and Yeshiva University Stern College for Women, teaching a wide range of law courses including Constitutional Law, Women and the Law, and Comparative American law and Talmudic law. Professor Levine/Rydzinski received her JD from Harvard Law School, with a focus on comparative law. Professor Levine/Rydzinski holds a MA in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education, with a focus on secondary Jewish education. Prior to attending law school, Professor Levine/Rydzinski participated in the Avi Chai Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies at Yeshiva University and received her BA in Journalism from Stern College for Women as a Golding Distinguished Scholar. When she is not teaching, Professor Levine/Rydzinski is a seasoned commercial litigation lawyer with over thirteen years of experience in a wide range of commercial disputes, with a focus on M&A litigation, securities law, appellate writing, and contractual work.
Dr. Daniel Polisar
Daniel Polisar is the co-founder and executive vice president of Shalem College in Jerusalem, Israel’s first liberal arts college. He previously served as the president of the Shalem Center from 2002-2013 and also as its director of research, academic director, and editor-in-chief of its journal, Azure. From 2006 to 2009, he served as the founding chairman, within the Office of the Israeli Prime Minister, of the National Council for the Commemoration of the Legacy of Theodor Herzl. Dr. Polisar received his BA in politics from Princeton University and his PhD in government from Harvard University, where he was the recipient of Truman and Fulbright scholarships, as well as of a Mellon Fellowship. His research interests include Zionist history and thought, Israeli constitutional development, and the history and philosophy of higher education.
Rabbi Yitzchak Blau
Rabbi Yitzchak Blau is Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat Orayta and also teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum. An associate editor of the journal Tradition, he is the author of Fresh Fruit and Vintage Wine: The Ethics and Wisdom of the Aggada. Rabbi Blau has published more than thirty articles in various areas of Jewish studies. He lives in Alon Shevut with his wife and four children.
Sarah Rindner taught English Literature at Lander College for Women prior to making aliyah with her family in 2019. She writes frequently on Jewish and literary topics and is a regular contributor to Mosaic Magazine and the Jewish Review of Books. She has degrees in English Literature from Stern College and Columbia University and studied for a year at Midreshet Lindenbaum.
Dr. Sharon Goldman
Dr. Sharon Goldman is a Vice President at Bar-Ilan University. Prior to making aliyah in the summer of 2018, she worked for AIPAC for 12 years and was an assistant professor of political science. She has written and published on the topics of Zionism, intersectionality and activism in Commentary, the Forward, and the Times of Israel.
Rabbi Mitchell Rocklin
Rabbi Mitchell Rocklin serves as the president of the Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty and is also a resident research fellow at the Tikvah Fund. He received his PhD in history from the CUNY Graduate Center, held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton University and Yeshiva University, and taught at both CUNY and Princeton. He is also a Chaplain in the Army National Guard with the rank of Major. Rabbi Rocklin has served as a member of the Rabbinical Council of America’s Executive Committee and Military Chaplaincy Committee, and as a congregational rabbi in Connecticut. His writings have appeared in a number of publications, including The Los Angeles Times, National Review Online, The Daily Wire, The Forward, The Public Discourse, and Mosaic.
Prior to making Aliyah, Yael taught Tanakh at the Upper School of Ramaz, and then went on to join the Judaic Studies faculty at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. Yael Leibowitz has her Master’s degree in Judaic Studies from Columbia University. She has taught Continuing Education courses at Drisha Institute for Jewish Education and served as Resident Scholar at the Jewish Center of Manhattan. She is currently teaching at Matan Women’s Institute for Torah Learning and is a frequent lecturer in North America and the United Kingdom.