Students Recognize JTS Faculty for Excellence in Teaching

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September 16, 2009, New York, NY

Dr. Walter Herzberg, assistant professor of Bible and Professional and Pastoral Skills at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), and Dr. Jonathan Milgram, assistant professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS, have been recognized by their students for excellence in teaching.

Dr. Herzberg received the first annual Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching in The Rabbinical School of JTS and Dr. Milgram was elected Professor of the Year by the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies of JTS at the end of the 2008–2009 academic year.

Dr. Herzberg has devoted the bulk of his career to working directly with students in Israel and the United States. He teaches Bible and Bible Commentary in the Mekhinah preparatory program of The Rabbinical School and guides students in the reading of the Bible. He also teaches an advanced-level course in traditional biblical exegesis. Knowing full-well that what he teaches will add far-reaching benefits to the lives of his students, Dr. Herzberg's primary goals are to facilitate the study of Bible and Torah l'ishma (for its own sake) and the educational process.

Dr. Milgram believes that learning is best facilitated in a student-centered classroom where he works side by side with his students. Essential to his teaching is dialogue and discussion, through which he develops students' critical thinking skills for the study of both Jewish civilization, specifically, and the study of religion, generally. His goal is to empower his students with the skills needed to tackle first hand the challenge of dealing critically with religious texts.

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