– Meet Our Distinguished –SCHOLARS IN RESIDENCE
Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter is University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought at YU in addition to serving as Senior Scholar at the CJF. From 2000 to 2005 he served as dean of the Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Institute in Boston, where he also served as rabbi of the Maimonides Minyan in Brookline, MA. He was the first rabbi of the Young Israel of Sharon, MA, from 1977 to 1981, creating a new, vibrant and committed community. From 1981 to 2000, he served as the rabbi of the Jewish Center in New York City, moving the congregation from 180 to more than 600 members over the course of his tenure.
Rabbi Schacter holds a PhD in Near Eastern languages from Harvard University and received rabbinic ordination from Mesivta Torah Vodaath. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brooklyn College in 1973 with the Abraham S. Goodhartz Award for Excellence in Judaic Studies. Rabbi Schacter was a teaching fellow at Harvard from 1978 to 1980, director of Yeshiva University's Torah Umadda Project from 1986 to 1997 and an adjunct assistant professor at YU's Stern College for Women from 1993 to 1999. In 1995, he was awarded the prestigious Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellowship from Harvard's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He presently serves as a member of the faculty of the Wexner Foundation and the Wexner Heritage Foundation.
Rabbi Schacter is co-author of the award-winning A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy, and American Judaism, (1996), author of The Lord is Righteous in All His Ways: Reflections on the Tish'ah be-Av Kinot by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (2006), and more than 60 articles and reviews in Hebrew and English. He is also the editor of Reverence, Righteousness and Rahamanut: Essays in Memory of Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung (1992), Jewish Tradition and the Nontraditional Jew (1992) and the award-winning Judaism's Encounter with other Cultures: Rejection or Integration? (1997) and co-editor of The Complete Service for the Period of Bereavement (1995). He is the founding editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal, a prestigious academic publication which has gained international acclaim.
Rabbi Schacter holds a number of prominent Jewish communal positions. He served as founding president of the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations (COJO) of the Upper West Side from 1994 to 2000, is a member of the Board of Governors of the Orthodox Union and is on the editorial boards of Tradition, Jewish Action, BDD (Bechal Derachecha Da'ehu) and Jewish Educational Leadership. He was awarded several fellowships and grants to further his scholarly research. In November 2007, Rabbi Schacter was the scholar-in-residence at the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities in Nashville, TN. Rabbi Schacter is presently completing a new Hebrew edition of the autobiography of Rabbi Jacob Emden, an 18th-century Jewish figure.
Rabbi Josh Joseph is the senior vice president at Yeshiva University where he has operating responsibility for the administrative and academic aspects of the University, ensuring effective planning and service delivery. Josh guides the University’s strategic planning process as well as its implementation. He also works to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of various departments around the University, developing collaboration opportunities and proper partnerships between and among faculty, administration, staff, students and trustees.
A native of Montreal, Josh completed his undergraduate degree with honors at the University of Pennsylvania. He received rabbinic ordination from YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, while simultaneously completing a Master’s in Jewish philosophy at YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. He also completed fellowships and certificates at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Administration, sponsored by the Muehlstein Foundation and UJA Federation NY and Harvard’s Institute of Higher Education. Most recently, Josh was accepted into the University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management program which he is on track to complete by the summer of 2016.
Josh previously worked in a hedge fund, as a pulpit rabbi, and served as the executive director of the Orthodox Caucus. Before joining the YU administration, Josh served as director of special projects for Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, where he developed his passion for social entrepreneurship that informs his daily work. He and his wife, Julie, live in Lawrence and are the proud parents of Zach, Ozzie, and Marsha.
Rabbi Daniel Kraus is the Co-Director of Community Education at KJ. Daniel is a native of Melbourne, Australia, and graduated Yeshiva University with a B.S. and MBA, completed the Ner LeElef Fellowship at RIETS, and received his ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg of Jerusalem. Prior to KJ, Daniel served as the inaugural Director of the Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE) Downtown location where, together with his wife Rachel, spearheaded the creation of a vibrant community of young Jewish professionals and created a hub of Jewish engagement in Midtown Manhattan for over 7,000 participants. Daniel also served as MJE’s Chief Operating Officer. Outside of KJ, Daniel is the Associate Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Projects for the Birthright Israel Foundation, where he leads strategic alliances for the Foundation, manages the post-trip engagement strategy for Birthright alumni and Institutional Giving. Daniel is very active on social media, where he uses various channels to reach thousands of followers.
Dr. Steven Dyckman obtained his under-graduate degree from Yeshiva University. He then attended George Washington University Medical School, Washington, DC, where he received his Doctor of Medicine. He completed a residency and fellowship in Adult and Child Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has been serving as a School Psychiatrist for more than 15 school systems in Central NJ.
Dr. Dyckman is also an Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry at Seton Hall University. He is on staff and works as a consultant in child psychiatry at the Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center, where he helps train pediatric neurology residents. Dr. Dyckman is a nationally recognized speaker on topics such as ADHD in children and adults and Major Depression and Sleep Disorders. He has delivered more than 70 talks on these topics throughout the United States and has been interviewed numerous times on television and radio. He is a member of and a speaker for the Medical Board of New Jersey Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. Dr. Dyckman is currently in private practice in East Brunswick and Shrewsbury, NJ. He lives in East Brunswick, NJ with his wife, who is a licensed occupational therapist, their 3 sons and 2 dogs.
Dr. Aliza Septimus is a psychologist and former Assistant Director of CARES, an adolescent day program at the Child and Family Institute at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, and has been in practice for over 17 years. Currently, Dr. Septimus has a clinical private practice with offices in NY and FL and conducts online therapy with people living in the US
and abroad. Dr. Septimus helps people interested in psychological growth, personal well-being, as well as individuals interested in improving personal and family relationships and raising children. She specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety and depression. In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. Septimus runs parenting classes and gives talks on a wide variety of psychological topics.
Dr. Julie Stern Joseph is a master teacher, having taught Judaic studies to high school and college students, as well as adults over the past 15 years. She holds a MA from NYU in Medieval Jewish History. She is also the author of her own memoir, ``Am I My Mother's Daughter: A Search for an Identity,`` describing one of her struggles surviving malignant melanoma. Just recently, Dr. Joseph received her doctorate from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University, researching how bullying may affect the self-esteem of middle school victims in Modern Orthodox Day Schools. She is a voracious reader and her areas of interest range from popular fiction, memoirs, Israel, and the Holocaust. She and Rabbi Joseph live in Lawrence,NY and are proud parents of Zach, Ozzie, and Marsha.
Rachel Kraus is the Co-Director of Community Education at KJ. Rachel works fulltime as the Vice President of Marketing for the Westfield Corporation, where she leads brand experience, partnerships and marketing strategy for the World Trade Center retail development project.. Rachel completed a B.S. from Stern College majoring in marketing with a minor in music including coursework at The Juilliard School. She completed her MBA at NYU with a concentration in finance, media, entertainment and technology. She has over a decade of experience in teaching informal Jewish education, has taught and lectured in Australia, Belarus, Israel and throughout the US. Rachel is a sought after teacher, lecturing across Manhattan for a variety of institutions and organizations. She also teaches for Matan, the Sadie Rennert Women’s Institute for Torah Studies, facilitating their world-renowned bat mitzvah program.
Rabbi Dr. Yossi Kastan’s passion and commitment is to help students and parents define and develop a strong Jewish identity. His research on moral development was published in the Jewish Educational Leadership Journal at the Lookstein Center, and his work on authentic Jewish leadership was recently published on eJewish Philanthropy.
Rabbi Dr. Kastan has lectured and presented at the Day School Leadership Training Institute’s Alumni Retreat, the Davidson Graduate School of Education’s 20th Anniversary Gala, and the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence National Conference. Most recently, he was featured as an ELI Talks presenter in Skokie, Illinois, which can be found on the ELI Talks website (www.elitalks.org) or on YouTube.
Rabbi Dr. Kastan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Business from Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business, and his Master’s and Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in South Florida. He is a graduate of the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI) and the Harvard Principal’s Center. He is currently the Head of School at Brauser Maimonides Academy in Hollywood, Florida and will be moving to the Greater Washington area in the summer of 2018 as the incoming Head of School of the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy. He is happily married to Kara, and they have four wonderful children, Anaelle, Netanel, Lielle, and Gavriel.
Gregory Zuckerman is a Special Writer at The Wall Street Journal and a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb award -- the highest honor in business journalism. Greg is the author of “The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters,” a national bestseller published October 2014 by Portfolio/Penguin Press. The book describes how a few unlikely individuals created an American energy resurgence that brought OPEC to its knees. The Frackers was named among the best books of 2014 by The Financial Times and Forbes Magazine and the New York Financial Writers Association.
Greg also wrote “The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History,” a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller published December 2010 by Crown Business/Random House. The book has been translated into ten languages. In May 2016, Greg and his two sons published Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in their Youth to Become Stars,” a book for young readers and adults that describes the moving and remarkable stories of how various stars overcame imposing setbacks in their youth. The book was chosen by Scholastic Teacher magazine as a top recommendation for 2016.