Asher Biemann is assistant professor of Modern Jewish Thought and the Ida and the Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Inventing New Beginnings: on the Idea of Renaissance in Modern Judaism (Stanford University Press, 2009),and the editor of the Martin Buber Reader (Palgrave, 2001) and Martin Buber: Sprachphilosophische Schriften (Guetersloh, 2003). He is currently at work on Dreaming of Michaelangelo: Italy in the German-Jewish Imagination.
Executive Director of the Tikvah Fund, Cohen is the founding editor and editor-at-large of The New Atlantis and director of the Bioethics and American Democracy program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C.
Robert Jenson, famed Lutheran and ecumenical theologian, is Professor Emeritus of Religion at St. Olaf College and Professor of Religion at the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton. His two-volume Systematic Theology (1997-99), which has since been widely regarded as one of the most important and creative recent works of systematic theology. He is currently working on a theological commentary on the book of Ezekial.
Alan Mittleman is director of the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies and professor of Jewish Philosophy at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Dr. Mittleman is the author of three books: Between Kant and Kabbalah (SUNY Press, 1990), The Politics of Torah (SUNY Press, 1996), and The Scepter Shall Not Depart From Judah (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000). He is also the editor of Jewish Polity and American Civil Society (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), Jews and the American Public Square (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), and Religion as a Public Good (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). His many articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in such journals as Harvard Theological Review, Modern Judaism, the Jewish Political Studies Review, the Journal of Religion, and First Things. He is a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism. Mittleman's current project is a book on the philosophical and theological dimensions of hope in democratic political theory, under contract with Oxford University Press.
Peter Schäfer is the Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religion at Princeton University. His teaching and research interests include Jewish History in Late Antiquity, the religion and literature of Rabbinic Judaism, Jewish Mysticism, 19th and 20th century Wissenschaft des Judentums, and Jewish Magic. In 1994 he was awarded the German Leibniz Prize and in 2006 the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award. His latest books are: Jesus in the Talmud, Princeton University Press, 2007, and Mirror of His Beauty: Feminine Images of God from the Bible to the Early Kabbalah, Princeton University Press, 2002. Since 1993 co-editor of the Jewish Studies Quarterly, Schäfer currently serves as the Director of the Program in Judaic
Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, Walzer has written about a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy: political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice and the welfare state. He has played a part in the revival of a practical, issue focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life. He is currently working on the toleration and accommodation of "difference" in all its forms and also on a (collaborative) project focused on the history of Jewish political thought.