We had a great weekend with Dr. Shai Cherry on February 7-9, 2014! Here are photos of the event. Make plans to join us next year (February 20-22, 2015)!
Rabbi Shai Cherry, Ph.D. earned his B.A. (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Claremont McKenna College, and his Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from Brandeis University.
He taught courses on Jewish thought at Vanderbilt University from 2001 to 2005, and subsequently taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, American Jewish University, and most recently, at the University of California, San Diego.
Professor Cherry has received several awards for his work in community education. The gratification he felt from community education in Boston and Nashville helped convince him to pursue rabbinic ordination at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University. He currently is the Director of Shaar Hamayim, a Jewish learning center in Solana Beach.
Dr. Cherry is the featured professor for The Teaching Company’s “Introduction to Judaism” course.
Professor Cherry’s research focuses on biblical interpretation and the nexus between science and Judaism. His essay “Three Twentieth-Century Jewish Responses to Evolutionary Theory” appeared in the 2003 volume of Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism. His most first book is Torah through Time: Understanding Bible Commentary from the Rabbinic Period to Modern Times.
He has published articles on Conservative Jewish halakhah, Jewish understandings of creation and reactions to Darwinism, and Jewish ethics. Dr. Cherry is currently at work on a Jewish theology of nature.
Information about his topics for ISW 2014 will be available in fall, 2013.