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About the Director


Peter J. Haas

Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish Studies
Chair, Department of Religious Studies and
Director, Judaic Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Peter J. Haas received his Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Brown University in 1980.  Prior to enrolling at Brown, he attended Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati where he was ordained as a Reform rabbi in 1974.  After ordination, he served on active duty as a U.S. Army chaplain for three years.  He received his B.A. degree in Ancient Near East History in 1970 from the Univeristy of Michigan.

Professor Haas joined the Department of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University in January, 2000.  He served on the faculty in Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University from 1980 to 1999.  He has taught courses in Judaism, Jewish ethics, the Holocaust, and Western religion. He has published several books and articles dealing with moral discourse and has lectured in the United States, Germany and Israel. His most recent work is on the relationship between science and moral discourse.

Recent books by Dr. Haas include:

Human Rights  and the World’s Major Religions: The Jewish Tradition ( Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005)

Responsa: Literary  History of a Rabbinic Genre. (Atlanta: Scholars Press Semeia Studies, 1996).

Dr. Haas' resume

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