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Dr. Rela Mintz Geffen

Division: Graduate Studies, Undergraduate Studies
Program: Jewish Communal Service, Jewish Nonprofit Management

Dr. Rela Mintz Geffen was the president of Baltimore Hebrew University(BHU) from 2000-2007 and is currently Professor Emerita of Sociology. Prior to heading up BHU she was professor of sociology and coordinator of the programs in Jewish communal service at Gratz College, where she also served as dean for academic affairs for five years. She is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary (BRE) and Columbia University(BS & MA), and her PhD in sociology is from the University of Florida. She has published more than 40 articles and book chapters and authored or edited four books including Celebration and Renewal: Rites of Passage in Judaism (JPS) and the Centennial Volume of Gratz College (co-edited with Dr. Marsha Bryan Edelman) entitled Freedom and Responsibility - Exploring the Challenges of Jewish Continuity Her most recent book, Conservative Judaism: Dilemmas and Challenges, was coauthored with the late Daniel Elazar and published by SUNY Press. Professor Geffen's major fields of interest are the sociology of religion, the family and gender roles. She is currently engaged in a qualitative study of American Jewish Grandparenting and will also be analyzing data from the 2009 Philadelphia Jewish Demographic Survey. She also serves on the Jewish Federation's advisory committee for the study.