Barry Holtz


Dr. Barry Holtz

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Barry W. Holtz is dean of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and the Theodore and Florence Baumritter Professor of Jewish Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary. He leads courses in teaching classical texts, professional development for teachers, philosophy of Jewish education, and current issues confronting Jewish education.

Dr. Holtz has written and edited numerous publications in the field of Jewish education. In 1984, he edited Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts (Simon and Schuster), a guide to reading, understanding, and appreciating great Jewish books. A Book-of-the-Month Club selection, Back to the Sources is widely used as a textbook for university and adult-education courses. He is the author of Finding Our Way: Jewish Texts and the Lives We Lead Today (Schocken Books, 1990) and The Schocken Guide to Jewish Books (1992), another Book-of-the-Month Club selection. His first book (written with Arthur Green), Your Word Is Fire: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer, has been reprinted in a revised edition by Jewish Lights Press. His most recent book, Textual Knowledge: Teaching the Bible in Theory and in Practice, was published by JTS Press in 2003. It received the National Jewish Book Award for education in 2004.

Dr. Holtz served for twelve years as codirector of JTS’s Melton Research Center for Jewish Education, where he supervised the writing and publication of several volumes of the Melton Graded Curriculum materials for Jewish schools across North America.

A native of Boston and a graduate of Tufts University, Barry Holtz received his doctorate from Brandeis University.

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