Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, overseeing the Institute’s many educational initiatives for the leadership of the North American Jewish community. He previously served as the inaugural Chair of Jewish Communal Innovation at Brandeis University, where he taught courses in Jewish Studies and in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. He has also taught at the Hebrew College Rabbinical School and in adult and academic settings across the country.
Yehuda’s new book, Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past, deals with many of the central challenges facing contemporary Jewry, and offers new thinking on how contemporary Jews can and should relate to our past.
Yehuda received his doctorate in Jewish Studies from Harvard University and is an alumnus of both the Wexner Graduate and Bronfman Youth Fellowships. Yehuda also helped co-found Brookline's Washington Square Minyan, and co-organized the first two Independent Minyan Conferences. He lives in New York with his wife, Stephanie Ives, and their three children.