Alison C. Brown, Executive Director
Alison Brown is a Rabbinic Student completing her thesis. She was recently appointed executive director of the Hebrew Seminary and upon ordination hopes to also serve as a Jewish spiritual guide. Alison brings to the seminary eight years as a magazine editor and ten years as an association executive.
Linda Clark, Co-coordinator of the Para Chaplain Training Program of the Chicagoland community
Linda performs Shabbat services, sedars, memorial services and mentor programs throughout the year at nursing homes and hospitals.
Pamela Clohesey, Professor of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture
Professor Clohesey had a late start into the deaf world. It wasn't until she entered high school, where they had a deaf program and she was able to learn sign language. There were many deaf students and she was exposed to deaf culture and learned about Gallaudet College – not yet designated a university.
Professor Clohesey attended Gallaudet, where she learned American Sign Language (ASL) and became a Culturally Deaf Person. She has a BA in Human Resource Development from Northeast University and a Masters Degree from New York University (NYU) in Deafness Rehabilitation.
She has supervised in a group home for developmentally disabled deaf adults, was an advocate at the Center for Independent Living, and has taught ASL at various locations including the last four years at the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition, she has been Deaf Mentor for families with deaf children up to three years old.
Rabbi Michael Davis, Professor of Traditional Texts
Rabbi Cantor Michael Davis has served as an invested cantor in Reform congregations in Highland Park since 1998. Cantor Davis founded and was the first president of Reform Cantors of Chicago (RCC). He is the founder of the Open Hillel Rabbinical Council. He has served on national committees for the ACC, including the certification examination committee for the investiture of Cantors. He has concertized locally and nationally. Rabbi Cantor Davis has led social justice initiatives including campaigns for worker rights and human rights in Israel.
Cantor Davis joined the Hebrew Seminary faculty in 2009. He is currently teaching courses in Biblical Hebrew and Talmud. For Spring 2016, Rabbi Cantor Davis is teaching a new course: Torah chanting for the hearing and hearing-impaired. In 2015, Rabbi Cantor Davis completed his own rabbinic ordination at the Hebrew Seminary.
Rahmiel Hayyim Drizin, Professor of Kabbalah
Reb Rahmiel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and moved to Chicago to go to Northwestern Law School. Reb Rahmiel is a devoted student of many of the leading teachers of Kabbalah in English in Israel and the USA. He is a criminal defense lawyer who lives in Oak Park with his family. Much of Reb Rahmiel's work is available on line at www.kabbalahonline.org
Rabbi Pinchas Eisenbach, Ph.D., Professor of Pastoral Counseling
He holds both a Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. Rabbi also has his B .S. from Yeshiva University and a Master of Education from Loyola University and received his Doctor of Hebrew Letters from Jewish University of America. Currently, Rabbi Eisenbach is member of Jewish Care Services team at the Midwest Palliative and Hospice Care Center providing spiritual care to patient and families within the hospice program. He has knowledge of Jewish medical ethics and law. He holds a variety of certificates for professional chaplains and hospice programs.
Rabbi Laurence Edwards, Ph.D., Professor of Bible, Jewish Thought, Jewish History
He has served since 2003 as Rabbi of Congregation Or Chadash, a congregation founded 40 years ago with special outreach to the Jewish GLBT community (after June 2013, Rabbi Emeritus). Past positions include Hillel Director and Jewish Chaplain at Dartmouth College (1975-1981) and at Cornell University (1981-1997). Since returning to Chicago in 1997, he has held positions at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation (Director of Education), Congregation B'nai Abraham in Beloit, WI (Rabbi), American Jewish Committee (Interreligious Affairs), and Congregation Kol Ami (Education Rabbi). He studied in Jerusalem in 1970-71, and has returned numerous times since, serving on the faculty of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel, and staffing three trips for Christians. Rabbi Edwards received his A.B. degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago in 1970, and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1975. He received a Ph.D. in Bible, Culture and Hermeneutics from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2005, with a dissertation entitled "Resurrecting the Pharisees: Ideology and Identity between Christians and Jews," on constructions of the Pharisees in New Testament, rabbinic literature, and modern scholarship. Rabbi Edwards teaches courses at DePaul University, University of Illinois Chicago, and the Hebrew Seminary of the Deaf. He has served as Book Review Editor of the CCAR Journal / Journal of Reform Judaism, and has published articles and reviews in various collections and journals.
Rabbi Dr. Douglas Goldhamer, Ph.D., D.D., Professor of Kabbalah/Healing
Rabbi Douglas Goldhamer is Senior Rabbi of Congregation Bene Shalom/Hebrew Association of the Deaf and President of the Hebrew Seminary, Skokie. He received his B.A. from Sir George Williams University, Montreal and his Bachelor of Hebrew Law and Master of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati. His Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago. He was Scholar in Residence and Professor of Philosophy at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., the only university for the deaf in the world. In 1998, Rabbi Goldhamer received his Doctor of Divinity degree from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati.
Dr. Stephanie L. Kutzen, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology
Dr. Kutzen is a cum laude graduate of the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work at the University at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work. A nationally certified Employee Assistance Professional, She is a licensed, registered social worker in Illinois. During her thirty-five years of professional experience as a counselor, trainer and consultant, Dr. Kutzen has managed over fifteen employee programs in the private and public sectors. She has been on the faculty at Loyola University, Chicago, an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Assistant Professor, Dominican University, Graduate School of Social Work, Jane Addams College of Social work since 1995.
Rabbi Daniel Vaisrub, Professor of Talmud
Rabbi Vaisrub holds a BA from the University of Michigan, MA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and MBA from McGill University. He was ordained by Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau in 2012. Daniel is a technology strategy consultant and assists in managing the firm.