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Tikvah Institute for High School Students

Yale University, June 25—July 6, 2017

Meet our award-winning faculty

Daniel Mark

Daniel Mark, DeanVillanova University

Daniel Mark is an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University, where he teaches political theory, philosophy of law, American government, and politics and religion. He also serves on the nine-member, bipartisan United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, to which he was appointed by Speaker John Boehner. Dr. Mark is also an assistant editor of Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University. There, he was affiliated with the Witherspoon Institute, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, and the Penn-Princeton Bioethics Forum. Before graduate school, he spent four years as a high school teacher. He also attended Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush) in Israel.

Western Political Thought

Sherif Girgis

Sherif GirgisThe Witherspoon Institute

Sherif Girgis, a Research Scholar of the Witherspoon Institute, is completing his PhD in philosophy at Princeton and JD at Yale Law School, where he has served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. He is coauthor of the book, What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, cited by Justice Alito in United States v. Windsor, on which he has spoken at more than 70 lectures, conferences, and debates. His next book, coauthored with Ryan Anderson and John Corvino, is Debating Religious Liberty, Tolerance, and Bigotry, and is under contract with Oxford University Press. Sherif has written on social issues in academic and popular venues, including Public DiscourseNational ReviewCommonweal, the New York Times, the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the Wall Street Journal. He is a 2008 Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of Princeton, from which he went on to earn a master's degree in moral, political and legal philosophy from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

Anna Bonta Moreland

Anna Bonta MorelandVillanova University

Anna Bonta Moreland is an associate professor in the Department of Humanities at Villanova University. She received her B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston College. Anna Bonta Moreland’s areas of research include faith and reason, medieval theology with an emphasis on Thomas Aquinas, the theology of religious pluralism, and comparative theology, especially between Christianity and Islam. She has written Known by Nature: Thomas Aquinas on Natural Knowledge of God (Herder & Herder, 2010), and edited New Voices in Catholic Theology (Herder & Herder, 2012). She is working on her next book project on prophecy in Christianity and Islam. Dr. Moreland will complete this work as the Mary Ann Remick Senior Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture during AY 2016-2017.

James Otteson

James OttesonWake Forest University

Dr. James Otteson joined Wake Forest in the Fall of 2013 as Executive Director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and Teaching Professor of Political Economy. Before coming to Wake Forest, Dr. Otteson was joint professor of philosophy and economics, and philosophy department chair, at Yeshiva University. He has taught previously at New York University, Georgetown University, and the University of Alabama. He also serves currently as a Research Professor in the Freedom Center and in the Philosophy Department at the University of Arizona, and he is a Senior Scholar at the Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC. Dr. Otteson’s scholarship focuses on political economy, political philosophy, history and philosophy of economics, and eighteenth-century moral and political thought. He is an expert on Adam Smith, on the moral foundations of capitalism, and on the comparative evaluation of competing systems of political economy.

R.J. Snell

R.J. SnellWitherspoon Institute

R. J. Snell directs the Center on Ethics and the University at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, NJ, and is senior fellow at the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good. Prior to those appointments he was Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Philosophy Program at Eastern University and the Templeton Honors College. He earned his M.A. in philosophy at Boston College, and his Ph.D. 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.

Modern Politics and Culture

Jennifer Cafarella

Jennifer CafarellaInstitute for the Study of War

Jennifer Cafarella is the lead intelligence planner at the Institute for the Study of War, where she is responsible for shaping and overseeing the development of ISW’s detailed plans and recommendations on how to achieve U.S. objectives against enemies and adversaries and in conflict zones. As a former Syria analyst at ISW, she has written on the Syrian armed opposition, Al Qaeda’s Syrian al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al Nusra, and the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) in Syria. Ms. Cafarella has dealt extensively with the media, acting as a resource for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Voice of America, the BBC, New York Times, CNN, Time, USA Today, and others. She is a graduate of ISW’s Hertog War Studies Program and was the Institute’s first Evans Hanson Fellow. Ms. Cafarella received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Global Studies with a focus on the Middle East.

Matthew Continetti

Matthew ContinettiThe Washington Free Beacon

Matthew Continetti is editor in chief of the Washington Free Beacon. Before founding the Beacon, he was opinion editor of the Weekly Standard, where he remains a contributing editor. He writes a monthly column—“Mediacracy”—in Commentary and is a contributing editor to National Affairs. In addition to those publications, Continetti’s articles and reviews have appeared in the New York TimesWall Street JournalFinancial TimesLos Angeles TimesWashington Post, and Claremont Review of Books. Continetti is the author of two books: The K Street Gang: The Rise and Fall of the Republican Machine (Doubleday, 2006) and The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star (Sentinel, 2009). He is a graduate of Columbia University, where he majored in history.

Jonathan Last

Jonathan LastWeekly Standard

Jonathan V. Last is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard. His writings have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Post, the Claremont Review of Books, First Things, the WeekSalonSlateTV Guide, and elsewhere. His book, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster was released in February 2013. He is a regular commentator on both television and radio and has appeared on ABC, CNN, Fox News Channel, PBS, NPR, CNBC, Sky News, and the BBC. Last grew up in New Jersey. He maintains his own blog and website, JonathanLast.com.

Jewish Philosophy and Zionism

Rick Richman

Rick RichmanWriter

Rick Richman is a lawyer and writer who graduated from Harvard College and NYU Law School. He has edited the “Jewish Current Issues” blog since 2003. His writings have appeared in Commentary, the New York Sun, the Tower, PJ Media, the Jewish Press, American Thinker, and elsewhere. He is the author of the chapter on Louis D. Brandeis in What America Owes the Jews, What Jews Owe America (Mosaic Books: 2016).

Jackie Rosensweig

Jackie RosensweigManhattan High School for Girls

Jackie Rosensweig earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Stern College for Women and her Master’s Degree in Modern Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. She is a doctoral candidate in Modern Jewish History at Revel, writing a social history of the Bais Yaakov movement in the Interwar period. She is also the chair of the history department at Manhattan High School for Girls, where she teaches AP history courses. She lives in Washington Heights with her family.

Shuli Taubes

Shuli TaubesSAR 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. Shuli is the Sopher Community Scholar at the Young Israel of North Riverdale where she gives shiurim and serves in a pastoral role. She also lectures in synagogues throughout the country. Shuli and her husband Ari live in Washington Heights, New York.


Ora Weinbach

Ora WeinbachAbraham Joshua Heschel High School

Ora Weinbach teaches Limmudei Qodesh at the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School. She received her degree in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University in the first graduating cohort of the Legacy Heritage Fellowship Program and has been honored to educate Jewish learners of almost every age. In addition to her various teaching engagements, Ora is a yoga enthusiast and loves cooking. She lives in Teaneck, New Jersey with her husband, Yaacov Weiner.

Gabi Weinberg

Gabi WeinbergThe Tikvah Fund

Gabi Weinberg holds a B.A. in English from Yeshiva College, an M.A. in medieval Jewish history at the Bernard Revel Graduate School for Jewish Studies, and is in the process of receiving rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University. He most recently served as the director of Adult Education and Teen Programming at the Young Israel of Scarsdale. Gabi is currently the associate director of High School Programs at the Tikvah Fund, and is working to create more opportunities for students in the Institute for High School Students and alumni to continue to engage with each other and the work of the Tikvah Fund.

Shlomo Zuckier

Shlomo ZuckierYale University

Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier is co-director of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Yale University and associate rabbi at Yale’s Slifka Center. Following three and a half years of study at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel, he received a BA in Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva College’s Schottenstein Honors Program. He furthered his academic studies by completing MA’s in Bible and Talmud at Yeshiva, where he also studied for rabbinic ordination. Shlomo is a third-year PhD student in Ancient Judaism in Yale University’s Religious Studies department, as well as a lecturer in Biblical Hebrew at Yale. He is a graduate of the Wexner, Tikvah, and Kupietzky Kodshim Fellowships, and served as editor and co-editor of two forthcoming books: Contemporary Forms and Uses of Hasidut and Torah and Western Thought: Intellectual Portraits of Orthodoxy and Modernity. He lives in New Haven with his wife Chana and daughter Meital.