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Name: Debra Reed Blank
Rabbi Philip Alstat Assistant Professor of Jewish Liturgy; Assistant Dean of The Graduate School
Department: Liturgy

Dr. Blank teaches a variety of courses in liturgy, including classes on the liturgy of the High Holidays and Shabbat. She teaches in the Department of Jewish Literature and the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics. Currently, she is director of the doctoral program in Liturgy and serves as the academic adviser for the master's and undergraduate programs in Liturgy. Dr. Blank has authored numerous articles, mostly on Jewish liturgy. Most recently, she published "The French Practice of Repeating Sh'ma and Bar'khu for Latecomers to Synagogue" in Liturgy in the Life of the Synagogue (Eisenbrauns, 2005).

Dr. Blank was a member of the first class of women to enter The Rabbinical School in 1984. She graduated from IndianaUniversity and earned her master's degree, rabbinical ordination, and a doctorate in Liturgy and Rabbinics at JTS.


Development of the Contents of the Siddur, Mahzor, and Haggadah
Prayer and Liturgy

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