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Benjamin Kamine

Country: United States

PhD Candidate and Adjunct Instructor in Rabbinic Literatures and Cultures, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Benjamin Kamine is a PhD candidate in Midrash, at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he also works as an adjunct instructor in the area of Rabbinic Literatures and Cultures. His research explores how early stories of converts and heretics in classical Rabbinic literature reinforced the Rabbis' construction of Jewish identity in late antiquity. He also received his MA from JTS and won the Alexander Kohut Memorial Prize for his essay on how Rabbinic liturgy enforced communal boundaries in the Talmud. Benjamin has an ongoing commitment to narrative as a mechanism for intergroup understanding, earning him a certificate in Interreligious Studies at the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, in France. He also works as an interreligious educator and facilitator, having taught brief introductions to Judaism for both the WCC's Youth in Asia Training for Religious Amity and the Certificate in Ecumenical Studies. An active participant in scriptural reasoning, he is currently co-leading a monthly interfaith scriptural reasoning session on Zoom, sponsored by the Gingko Library in London. Benjamin is also a co-author of the Oxford Bibliography on Midrash and Aggadah.