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Joshua Gutoff, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Jewish Education and Director of the Master of Arts in Jewish Education Program

Division: Graduate Studies, Undergraduate Studies, Adult Jewish Learning
Program: Jewish Education (Graduate), Jewish Education (Undergraduate), Gratz Scholars Program

Professor Gutoff comes to Gratz with a wide range of experience in Jewish education and curriculum design. He also has a background in teacher training and supervision, as well as in program management and evaluation. He has worked extensively with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in both formal and informal settings. Following his ordination and his five years as a pulpit rabbi, Professor Gutoff was the executive director of Hillel at the University of Minnesota, a Jewish chaplain and philosophy instructor at C.W. Post College, the rabbinic educator at the Solomon Schechter High School of New York and a lead instructor for the 92nd Street Y’s Derekh Torah program for adults exploring Judaism. He is also the author of a number of widely read articles on Jewish thought.

Professor Gutoff holds a B.A. in literature from Yale College and an M.A. and Ed.D. from The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), where he also received his rabbinic ordination.

Professor Gutoff recorded an ELI Talk in September 2015:

The Talmud offers a wealth of valuable lessons on how to live a moral life. Yet, its words don't always impact us as they should. Joshua Gutoff offers us a new method for reading an old text - one which appreciates form as well as content, and - most importantly - opens our imaginations.