Title: Professor of Jewish Studies Emeritus
Location: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States
Peter Haas, Professor of Jewish Studies Emeritus, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in religious studies.
Since 2016, Dr. Haas has been the Abba Hillel Silver, Professor of Jewish Studies Emeritus of Case Western Reserve University. He began teaching at the institution in 2000. Prior to joining Case Western Reserve University, he taught at Vanderbilt University from 1980 to 1999. In addition to these academic positions, Dr. Haas has served on the Board of Directors for the Jewish Federation of Middle Tennessee, and volunteered for Temple Emanuel, Rowfand Club, the Community Emergency Response Team and the South Pointe Hospital. Since 2016, he has served as a court-appointed special advocate for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court and as a docent of the Maltz Museum. Furthermore, Dr. Haas served as a chaplain with the US Army from 1974 to 1988 and with the National Guard from 1980 to 1996.
Interested in religious studies at an early age, Dr. Haas pursued the field first at the University of Michigan, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in ancient Near East history in 1970. He continued at Hebrew Union college to receive a Master of Arts in Hebrew literature in 1974, and later received a PhD in the history of religion, Judaism and Jewish studies from Brown University in 1981. In his career, Dr. Haas has published History of Mishnaic Law of Agriculture: Second Tithe, the Talmud of Babylonia: Meilah-Tamid, and Morality After Auschwitz: The Radical Challenge of the Nazi Ethic. He has guest edited for Semeia and provided his services as a guest book review editor for the Journal of Reform Judaism. He has been a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
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