Dr. Stu Halpern’s (Yeshiva University) new book, Esther in America: The Scroll’s Interpretation in and Impact on the United States, and the role the beloved biblical book has played in American social and political history will be examined by Dr. Erica Brown (The George Washington University’s Mayberg Center for Jewish Education), Dr. Liel Leibovitz (Tablet magazine), Dr. Tevi Troy (presidential historian and former White House aide), and the author. This program will be held virtually using Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the Zoom webinar.
Stuart Halpern, EdD
Rabbi Dr. Stuart W. Halpern is senior advisor to the provost and senior program officer of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. He has edited or co-edited 17 books, including most recently, Esther in America, Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land: The Hebrew Bible in the United States, and Gleanings: Reflections on Ruth. He has taught at Yeshiva University, synagogues, Hillels, and adult educational settings across the US, Europe, and Israel, and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Tablet magazine, and the Jewish Review of Books.
Erica Brown, PhD
Dr. Erica Brown is director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and an associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy at The George Washington University. She was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow, and the recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education. She is the author of 12 books on leadership, the Hebrew Bible, and spirituality. Her newest book is The Book of Esther: Power, Fate and Fragility in Exile (Koren). Brown has been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Tablet, First Things, and The Jewish Review of Books and wrote a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week. She has blogged for Psychology Today, Newsweek/Washington Post’s “On Faith,” and JTA and tweeted on one page of Talmud study a day @DrEricaBrown.
She has degrees from Yeshiva University, University of London, Harvard University, and Baltimore Hebrew University. She previously served as the scholar-in-residence at both The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston and as the community scholar for the Jewish Center of New York. She currently serves as a community scholar for Congregation Etz Chaim in Livingston, NJ.
Liel Leibovitz is editor-at-large at Tablet magazine and the co-host of its popular podcast, Unorthodox. He is the author or co-author of several books, including most recently, Stan Lee: A Life in Comics, published by Yale University Press as part of its Jewish Lives series. He holds a doctorate in human-machine interaction from Columbia University and has served as assistant professor of media, culture, and communication at New York University. A native of Tel Aviv, Israel, he now resides in Manhattan with his wife and their two children.
The Hon. Tevi Troy, PhD
Tevi Troy is a best-selling presidential historian and former White House aide. From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Troy was the deputy secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—the second in command and chief operating officer of the largest civilian department in the federal government. Before arriving at HHS, Dr. Troy served at the White House as deputy assistant to the President for domestic policy. Dr. Troy was also the White House Jewish Liaison, acting as President Bush’s main adviser on Jewish issues and the administration’s point person with the Jewish community.
Dr. Troy is the author of four books, including the new Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump. His previous books are: Intellectuals and the American Presidency; Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office; and the best-seller, What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House. He has also written over 250 published articles for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Politico, Commentary, JTA, Tablet, The Forward, the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post, and other publications.