Lower Merion Synagogue is pleased to announce that
Rabbi Dr. Michael Shmidman
will be this year’s Shavuot Scholar-in-Residence.
Dr. Michael A. Shmidman is the Rabbi of Orach Chaim in Manhattan. He has served as dean of Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies since 1986, and was appointed to the Victor J. Selmanowitz Chair in Jewish History in 2003. He has been a member of Touro’s faculty and administration since 1981, when he was recruited to serve as the first director of the newly established the Graduate School of Jewish Studies.
Professor Shmidman earned a bachelor of arts degree from Yeshiva University, a master of arts degree from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He taught at Harvard, the University of Cincinnati and Yeshiva University prior to his appointment at Touro.
Medieval Jewish history and Maimonidean studies are the focal points of Dr. Shmidman’s research. He edited and contributed to a twovolume Festschrift entitled Turim: Studies in Jewish History and Literature Presented to Dr. Bernard Lander and established the new Touro College Press imprint in publishing. Dr. Shmidman is also co-author of a two-volume Hebrew textbook on Maimonides entitled Law and Philosophy: Perspectives on Maimonides’ Teaching. He has published numerous articles and lectured extensively in his areas of research, and often serves as a scholar-in-residence at synagogues and Jewish communal institutions. Dr. Shmidman was editor of Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought from 2001 to 2004.
An ordained rabbi, Dr. Shmidman served as Orthodox rabbi of Harvard Hillel from 1974 to 1976, and as rabbi of Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck, New Jersey, from 1998 to 2003. He is a member of the Association for Jewish Studies, the Medieval Academy of America and the Rabbinical Council of America, and was a member and officer of the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County.
Last year’s Shavuot schedule is below. This year’s schedule is currently being finalized and will be posted soon.