Professor Ackerman joined the full-time faculty of the Schechter Institute in 2001 as a Lecturer in Jewish Philosophy and Education. After working as an Academic Advisor for many years, he served as Dean of the Graduate School from 2015-2018, and since 2018 has been the incumbent of the Golinkin Chair in TALI Jewish Education at Schechter, which includes serving as Academic Advisor to the TALI Education Fund.
Professor Ackerman’s earned his PhD at Hebrew University, followed by post-doctoral research at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University. He has published widely in the areas of medieval Jewish philosophy, modern Jewish thought and the philosophy of Jewish Education.
Professor Ackerman will replace Professor Doron Bar, an historical geographer and expert on Holy Places in Israel, who is stepping down from his role as President of the Schechter Institute graduate school after seven years. During his term, Professor Bar launched the Maccabee M.A. Program for Community Leadership, promoted the expansion of Schechter’s successful adult education programs and created partnerships with organizations and academic institutions in Israel and Europe.
Professor David Golinkin, President of the Schechter Institutes Inc., stated: “We thank Prof. Doron Bar for his seven years of devoted service as President, especially since March 2020 when Schechter had to re-invent itself in the Zoom era. Professor Ackerman brings to his new role over 20 years of administrative experience, decades of dynamic teaching, and a wide range of academic publications in both Jewish Thought and Jewish Education. We wish him tremendous success in his new role!”
According to Professor Ackerman, “The Schechter Institute is of unique value to Israeli Society: On the one hand, Schechter offers high-level academic studies with outstanding faculty; on the other hand, Schechter has important cultural and educational objectives — to strengthen an open and inclusive Jewish-Israeli identity via dialogue and bridging the gaps between different sectors of Israeli society.”