Yoram Hazony is President of the Herzl Institute. His books include The Virtue of Nationalism, The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, and The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul. Hazony is Director of the John Templeton… »

Ofir Haivry is Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Herzl Institute and the Director of its National Strategy Initiative. He served in executive positions at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, including founding Editor-in-Chief… »

Rafi Eis is the Executive Director at the Herzl Institute. He directed a semicha (rabbinic ordination) program at Yeshivat Har Etzion, was a Ra"m at Midreshet Lindenbaum, and prior to his Aliyah, he was a Head of School in a Jewish… »

Dru Johnson is Associate Director of the Templeton Foundation’s Project in Jewish Philosophical Theology, where he is responsible for liaising with Christian scholars interested in studying Hebrew scripture. Johnson is Assistant… »

Resident Scholars

Joshua Berman is on the Bible faculty at Bar-Ilan University and a Resident Scholar at the Herzl Institute. His books include Created Equal: How the Bible Broke With Ancient Political Thought and The Temple: Its Symbolism and… »

Yechiel Leiter teaches Law at the Kiryat Ono Academic Center and is a Resident Scholar at the Herzl Institute. He has authored three books and numerous articles on Zionism and Israel. His next book is John Locke’s Political… »

Aylana Meisel has worked to cultivate conservative leadership within the Jewish world in both the United States and Israel for over a decade. While working at the Tikvah Fund, she has been a founder of two initiatives dedicated to… »

Shmuel Trigano is Paris University Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Religion and Politics. He was Senior Fellow for 2012-2013 at the Herzl Institute where he wrote Hebrew, a Philosophy. Toward a New Jewish Thought (French,… »

Jeremiah Unterman Academic Editor of The Koren Tanakh of the Land of Israel and a Resident Scholar at the Herzl Institute. Dr. Unterman was an Adjunct Professor of Bible at Yeshiva University and Director of the Association of… »

Joshua I. Weinstein is a Senior Fellow at the Herzl Institute and author of Plato’s Threefold City and Soul (Cambridge, 2018). His analytic and integrative work on classical Judaism and Greek philosophy has appeared in… »

Jonathan Yudelman is a Senior Fellow at the Herzl Institute and a PhD candidate in Political Science at Boston College. He holds a BA in Jewish Thought, and an MA in Philosophy, both from the Hebrew University. His dissertation… »

Templeton Fellows

Josh Amaru teaches Tanakh and Jewish Philosophy at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi in Jerusalem and he is also one of the scholars overseeing the translation of the Talmud and its new format for the Koren/Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli. He holds a… »

James Arcadi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Analytic Theology Project at Fuller Theological Seminary. He recently completed his PhD in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Bristol where he focused on a… »

Craig Bartholomew is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Religion and Theology at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Canada. Dr. Bartholomew is the author and editor of many books including Where Mortals… »

James A. Diamond is a full professor and the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo and former director of the university's Friedberg Genizah Project.  His principle areas of study… »

Melis Erdur received her Ph.D. from the New York University Philosophy Department in 2013.  In her doctoral dissertation, A Moral Critique of Moral Philosophy (written under the supervision of Professor David Velleman), she… »

Lenn Goodman is a professor of philosophy and Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University where he holds the Andrew W. Mellon chair in the Humanities.  His books include On Justice: An Essay in Jewish Philosophy (Yale University… »

Berel Dov Lerner was born in Washington D.C. and is a member of Kibbutz Sheluhot in Israel's Beit Shean Valley. He received a BA in social and behavioral sciences from Johns Hopkins University, an MA in philosophy from the… »

Alan Mittleman teaches Jewish Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. He works in the areas of ethics, political theory, and modern Jewish thought. He is the author of six books, most recently Human Nature… »

Alex Sztuden has taught philosophy at Fordham University, where he received his M.A and was awarded a distinguished fellowship. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan… »

Shira Weiss teaches medieval and modern Jewish Philosophy at Stern College, Yeshiva University. She holds a PhD in Medieval Jewish Philosophy and wrote her dissertation on the concept of choice in the philosophic exegesis of Joseph… »

Jacob L. Wright teaches Hebrew Bible at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He writes on the formation of Biblical literature, the political thought of the Bible and Jewish writings, and the history of the ancient Near East. His… »