Director of Jewish Studies Program | George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Endowed Chair | Professor of Religion

Dr. Yudit Kornberg Greenberg is the George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Endowed Chair and Professor of Religion and Founding Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Dr. Greenberg is the author and editor of books and articles in modern and contemporary Jewish thought, comparative religion, women and religion, and cross-cultural views of love and the body, including the 2-volume Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions (2008), From Spinoza to Levinas: Hermeneutical, Ethical, and Political Issues in Modern and Contemporary Jewish Philosophy (2009), The Body in Religion: Crosscultural Perspectives, Bloomsbury Academic (2017), Dharma and Halacha: Comparative Studies in Hindu-Jewish Philosophy and Religion, Lexington Publishers (2018), and the Routledge Handbook of Religion and the Body (March 2023). At present, she is working on a monograph titled “Food and Religion: Crosscultural Perspectives.” Dr. Greenberg is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and serves on the AAR’s Body and Religion and the Comparative Studies in Religion committees.

Dr. Greenberg lectures nationally and internationally and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award, the Arthur Vining Davis Award, and the Presidential Award for the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion from Rollins College. In 2017, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in 2018, she was a Research Fellow at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften der Goethe-Universität in Bad Homburg and Frankfurt. During her most recent Fulbright-Nehru Scholar Award in 2019, she taught at the University of Mumbai in India, and conducted research on love and the body in Hindu-Jewish comparative philosophy and religion.

Dr. Greenberg is active in interreligious dialogue, having been a delegate and speaker at several international meetings including: The International Conference on Cohesive Societies, sponsored by The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) of the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2019); TheIII Scholas Chairs International Congress: Peacebuilding through Culture of Encounter, Truman Research Institute, Jerusalem (2017); “Healing Hatred: Spiritual Challenges in a Context of Political Conflict,” co-sponsored by the Rossing Center for Education and Dialogue, Jerusalem (2017); India-Israel Academic Dialogues: Political and Cultural Crossings,” New Delhi, India (2017);Asian-Israel Interfaith Meeting, Jerusalem (2016); Senior Investigator, Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, Garrison, New York (2016); International Scholars’ Abrahamic Trialogue, Amman, Jordan (2008); and the Parliament of the World’s Religions Meetings in Chicago, (1993); Cape Town, 1999; Barcelona, 2004, and 2021 meeting (virtual). In the 2020-2021 Academic year, she received the Interreligious Chaplaincy Program Award from the Graduate Theological Union and in 2022, she graduated as interreligious chaplain.

Fall 2024 Jewish Studies Courses

Professional headshot of Yudit Greenberg.

Research & Publications


Routledge Handbook of Religion and the Body, Co-Editor with George Pati, Routledge, 2023

Islam, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism, Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, Co-Editor with Zayn R. Kassam and Jehan Bagli. Dordrecht: Springer, 2018

Dharma and Halacha: Comparative Studies in Hindu-Jewish Philosophy and Religion, Co-Editor with Ithamar Theodore, Lexington Publishers, 2018

The Body in ReligionCross-cultural Perspectives. London: Bloomsbury Academic, December 2017

From Spinoza to Levinas: Hermeneutical, Ethical, and Political Issues in Modern and Contemporary Jewish Philosophy, Edited with Zeev Levy. New York: Peter Lang, 2009

The Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions (2 Volumes), Author and Editor, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2008

Better than Wine: Love, Poetry, and Prayer in the Thought of Franz Rosenzweig, AAR Series Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion, Atlanta: Scholars Press/Oxford University Press, 1997

Articles and Book Chapters

Integrating The Natural, the Divine and the Erotic in the Gita Govinda and Shir Ha-Shirim, Finding Radha: The Quest for Love, co-edited by

Namita Gokhale and Malashri Lal. Penguin, 2018

Introduction and Reading Eros, Sacred Place, and Divine Love in the Gitagovinda and Shir Ha-Shirim, Dharma and Halacha: Comparative Studies in Hindu-Jewish Philosophy and Religion. Co-Edited by Ithamar Theodore and Yudit Greenberg, Lexington Publishers, 2018

Women in the Jewish Tradition: Contemporary and Future Trends, Religion and the Future of Women, Edited by Arvind Sharma. Albany, New York: SUNY Press, 2019

Religion and Ritual: Contemporary Views and Traditional Practices, with Hanna Cody in A Cultural History of Hair in the Modern Age, Edited by Geraldine Biddle-Perry. London: Bloomsbury Publishers, 2018

Erotic Representations of the Divine, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion, December 2016

Hinduism and Judaism, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Vol. VI, 2014

The Languages of Love and Desire in the Gitagovinda and the Song of Songs, Journal of Vaishnava Studies, Vol. 22, No. 1, Fall 2013

Hindu-Jewish Dialogue: A New Tradition in the Making, Between Mumbai and Manila, Ed. Manfred Hutter, Bonn University Press, 2013

Love in the Jewish Tradition, The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish ReligionHistory, and Culture, Cambridge U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2011

Hindu-Jewish Summits 2007-2008: A Postmodern Religious Encounter, Interreligious Insight, January 2009

Prayer for Redemption and Redemption as Prayer in Judaism, Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought, vol. 56, 1-2, 2009

From Death to Immortality: Eros in Plato, Rosenzweig, and Levinas, The Proceedings of the International Symposium of the Brazilian Society for Phenomenology, 2007

What Does Revelation in the Star of Redemption Reveal? Negotiating the Spaces between Rosenzweig’s Life and Thought. The Proceedings of the International Congress of Franz Rosenzweig’s New Thinking, Edited by Wolfdietrich Schmied-Kowarzik, 2006

Gene Borowitz’ Renewing the Covenant: A Theology for the Postmodern Jew, in Reviewing the Covenant, ed. Ochs with Borowitz, Albany, New York: SUNY Press, 2000

The Choosing, Not the Chosen People, in Jewish Identity in the Postmodern Age, Paragon House Press, 1999

Towards a Dialogical Postmodern Jewish Philosophy, in Reasoning After Revelation: Dialogues in Postmodern Jewish Philosophy, co-authored by Gibbs, Kepnes, and Ochs, Westview Press, 1998

Love and Reason in the Thought of Franz Rosenzweig and Hermann Cohen, The European Legacy 2:1, 1997

Kabbalah and Postmodern Jewish Philosophy: A Response, Textual Reasoning, Journal of the Postmodern Jewish Philosophy Network, Vol. 4, Number 3, 1997

The Hermeneutic Turn in Franz Rosenzweig’s Theory of Revelation, Interpreting Judaism in a Postmodern Age, Edited by Steven Kepnes, New York University Press, 1996

F. Rosenzweig and M. Heidegger on the Limits of Language as Poetry, History of European Ideas, Vol. 20, Number 4, 1995

A Postmodern Jewish Critique of Rosenzweig's Speech Thinking and the Concept of Revelation, in Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Vol. II, No. 1, 1992

Book Reviews

Review of Benjamin Sommer, Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition, in Reading Religion. August 2018

Review of Bhattacharya Saxena, Neela. Absent Mother God of the West: A Kali Lover’s Journey into Christianity and Judaism in the Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies, August 2018

Courses Taught

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Religion; Association for Jewish Studies; European Association for Jewish Studies; World Congress of Jewish Studies; Franz Rosenzweig International Society; Society for the Scientific Study of Religion; Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy; Fulbright Association; Mediterranean Studies Association European Association for Jewish Studies


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Greenberg speaks at Harvard University Symposium

Religion professor Yudit Greenberg speaks at the Harvard University Symposium on topics related to Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

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