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Dr. Ruth N. Sandberg

Leonard and Ethel Landau Professor of Rabbinics, Director, Jewish-Christian Studies Program

Division: Graduate Studies, Undergraduate Studies, Adult Jewish Learning
Program: Jewish Studies (Graduate), Jewish Studies (Undergraduate), Jewish Christian Studies

Personal Statement

Studying Rabbinics is challenging, inspiring, thought-provoking, and often personally transforming. It is my personal goal to help students to understand the significance of the ancient Rabbinic teachings in the Talmud and midrashic texts and to guide students in their search to make the Rabbinic legacy meaningful and relevant for Jews today.

Dr. Ruth N. Sandberg is Leonard and Ethel Landau Professor of Rabbinics at Gratz College, and served as Dean of Students from 2006 to 2008. In addition to teaching courses in Talmud, Midrash, and Rabbinic History, Dr. Sandberg is an instructor in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School at Gratz College. Before coming to Gratz, Dr. Sandberg served for five years as Director of Education at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sandberg received her BA in Classical Greek and History of Religion from Bryn Mawr College; Rabbinical Ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; and a Ph.D. in Post-Biblical Hebrew Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sandberg’s areas of special research include: the study of early Tannaitic midrash; classical Rabbinic theology; the relationship between Rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity; and the process of Jewish law. Dr. Sandberg is the author of two books: Rabbinic Views of Qohelet (Mellen Biblical Press, 1999 Mellen Press) and Development and Discontinuity in Jewish Law (University Press of America, 2002 University Press)

Dr. Sandberg is married and has one daughter, Yonah.