The Director of the Jewish Teacher Training Program, Dr. Caplan earned his Ph D (1998) at McGill University in modern Judaism. His dissertation analyzed contemporary Jewish ideology as reflected in the adaptation, interpretation and creation of liturgy within the Reconstructionist Movement. A revised version of this work, From Ideology to Liturgy: Reconstructionist Worship and American Liberal Judaism, was published by Hebrew Union College Press in 2002. His MA (1991) was earned at the Samuel M. Melton Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and his thesis dealt with the teaching of Judaica in the non-Orthodox Kibbutz movement. Dr. Caplan is cross-appointed to the Department of Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Arts. His teaching and research interests include: the philosophy of Jewish education, modern liberal Jewish thought, modern Jewish religious movements, Jewish social activism and the teaching of Jewish holidays and prayer. Office: 3700 McTavish Street, Rm. 365. Tel.: 514-398-6544. E-mail: eric.caplan [at] mcgill.ca
B. Barry Levy
B. Barry Levy has served as teacher, principal, professor of Jewish Education, curriculum writer, and consultant, and as Director of McGill's Jewish Teacher Training Program. Educated at Yeshiva University and at New York University, he held positions at Yeshiva and at Brown University before coming to McGill in 1975. Since then, he has served as Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard, the Shier Distinguished Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, and visiting graduate professor at Yeshiva University. He won the H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching from McGill's Faculty of Arts, and Planets, Potions and Parchments, an exhibition of which he was guest curator, won the Pratt and Whitney Prize as the best Quebec exhibit of 1990. He regularly teaches the JTTP course on Teaching the Bible and otherwise is occupied as Professor of Biblical and Jewish Studies. The author of five books, his most recent contribution is Fixing God's Torah: The Accuracy of the Biblical Text in Rabbinic Law (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).