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Mission Statement


The Straus Center is dedicated to bridging an immersion in Torah study with a formative academic experience.

The mission of the Straus Center is to help develop Jewish thinkers and wisdom-seeking Jews by deepening their education in the best of the Jewish tradition, exposing them to the richness of human knowledge and insight from across the ages, and confronting them with the great moral, philosophical, and theological questions of our age.


Our team

  • Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik
  • Rabbi Aryeh Czarka
  • Dr. Neil Rogachevsky
  • Dr. Matthew Holbreich

about our center

Over the course of the year, the Straus Center hosts “Great Conversations" on Religion and Democracy.

In addition to hosting events, the Straus Center is also a publisher of several books and organizes Shabbat events. Learn more about our events and publication endeavors below.



Academic Advisory Board

Dr. Selma BotmanDr. Selma Botman
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean Karen BaconDr. Karen Bacon
The Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of Undergraduate Faculty of Arts And Sciences
Dr. David ShatzDr. David Shatz
Ronald P.Stanton University Professor in Philosophy, Ethics, and Religious Thought
Rabbi Jacob J. SchacterDr. Jacob J. Schacter
Senior Scholar, Center for the Jewish Future
University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought, Yeshiva College
Dr. Cynthia WachtellDr. Cynthia Wachtell
Founding Director, S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program
Research associate professor of American Studies, Yeshiva College
Dean Aaron KollerDr. Aaron Koller
Assistant Dean, Yeshiva College
Associate Professor of Bible, Yeshiva College
Dean David BergerDr. David Berger
Dean, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies
Dean Barry L. EichlerDr. Barry Eichler
Professor of Bible and Cuneiform Studies, Yeshiva College
63301-32Dr. Jacob Wisse
Associate Professor of Art History, Stern College for Women
Dr. Daniel Rynhold
Associate Professor of Jewish Philosophy, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies
Dr.-Gabriel-CwilichDr. Gabriel Cwilich
Professor of Physics,
Director of the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program,
Yeshiva College
shalom-holtzShalom Holtz
Associate Professor of Bible, Chair, Robert M. Beren Department of Jewish Studies