Dr. Lila Corwin Berman
Murray Friedman Professor
Director, Feinstein Center

Lila Corwin Berman is Associate Professor of History at Temple University. She holds the Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History and directs the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. Berman received her B.A. from Amherst College and her Ph.D. from Yale. She is the author of Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity (2009). The book has been awarded recognition from the Center for Jewish History and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and was a finalist for the Jewish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Prize. Berman is currently completing a book entitled Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, and Religion Postwar Detroit (University of Chicago Press, 2015) that traces Jews’ movement away from urban America in the postwar years. The project has received support from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and University of Michigan’s Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies. Her articles have appeared in many publications, including the Journal of American HistoryJewish Social StudiesAmerican Jewish HistoryReligion and American Culture, the Forward, and Sh’ma.

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Ariella Werden-Greenfield
Assistant Director

Ariella Werden-Greenfield is the Associate Director of the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. She received her B.A from Skidmore College and her Ph.D. from Temple University. Her research interests include Judaism in the Americas, Afro-Caribbean religion, and identity construction. Ariella teaches courses for the Religion, Jewish Studies and Women’s Studies departments at Temple University including “Race and Poverty in the Americas,” “Women in Religion” and “What is Judaism?” Her dissertation examines the role of the Hebrew Bible in the lives of Rastafari. Through an analysis of Rasta exegetical strategies, she illuminates the existential shift that embracing the Bible offers to Rastafari and investigates the production of knowledge, rationality and truth in Rastafari communities. From 2009 through 2013, Ariella served as coordinator of the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies at Temple University.

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