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David Hartman Center Fellow & RLI Cohort VII

Sara Tillinger Wolkenfeld is a Rabbinic Fellow of the David Hartman Center, and serves as Chief Learning Officer at Sefaria, a new online database and interface for Jewish texts. She writes about Jewish texts and Jewish law, and her current projects focus on applying Talmudic ideas to questions of advancements in digital technology. Sara is also a member of Class Six of the Wexner Field Fellowship.

Her previous experience includes serving as Director of Education at the Center for Jewish Life – Hillel at Princeton University as part of the OU’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus, as well as serving as faculty at the Drisha Institute and at the Ida Crown Jewish Academy. Sara studied Talmud and Jewish Law at several institutions of Jewish learning in Israel and America including Midreshet Lindenbaum, Drisha, Nishmat, and Beit Morasha, and speaks on various Jewish topics at synagogues, schools, and in university communities.

She directs the Adam R. Straus Memorial Mikvah in Chicago, IL, where she lives with her husband and their five children.

Sara Wolkenfeld


Jun 2, 2022

The spiritual high of the revelation at Mount Sinai is a core component of the traditional understanding of Shavuot; the Tosefta tells a very different story of the revelation.

Sep 10, 2020

As the high holidays approach, rabbis and lay leaders across the country are entwined in a series of negotiations about the how and when of a return to pre-pandemic synagogue.

May 31, 2020

The quintessential encounter with Torah may be a set of tablets, finite and concrete, but in the digital age, the sea of Torah is more massive and more present than ever before.

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The End of Policy Substance in Israel Politics