Mark E. Washofsky

Dr. Mark E. Washofsky

Address3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Professor of Jewish Law and Practice, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

Ordained, HUC-JIR, 1980
Ph.D., HUC-JIR, 1987

Dr. Mark E. Washofsky Ph.D. is the Solomon B. Freehof Professor of Jewish Law and Practice at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati. Dr. Washofsky has been a member of the HUC-JIR faculty since 1985, most recently serving as Professor of Rabbinics, and specializes in the literature of the Talmud and Jewish law. He received his rabbinical ordination (1980) and Ph.D. (1987) from HUC-JIR. He succeeds his teacher and mentor, Dr. Ben Zion Wacholder, as holder of the Freehof Chair on July 1, 2006.

Dr. Washofsky chairs the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American rabbis, which was founded in 1906 by Kaufmann Kohler and empowered by its most prolific writer, Rabbi Solomon B. Freehof. His extensive publications include Jewish Living and Practice (URJ Press, 2000), Teshuvot for the Nineties (with W. Gunther Plaut, CCAR, 1997), and essays and articles on Reform rabbinic responsa, Jewish bioethics, outreach and conversion, prayer in the vernacular, abortion, medieval and liberal Halakhah, the right to die, and AIDS and ethical responsibility, among others.

The Solomon B. Freehof Professorship of Jewish Law and Practice was established in honor of Dr. Solomon B. Freehof by The Allen H. and Selma W. Berkman Charitable Trust.

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