Elisheva Carlebach Jofen

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Elisheva Carlebach Jofen is an American scholar of early modern Jewish history.


Carlebach has been the Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish history, culture and society at Columbia University since 2009.[1][2] She was previously a Professor of Jewish History at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, in New York City.[3] Professor Carlebach obtained her bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College. In 1986 she completed her PhD in Jewish History at Columbia University.[3]

Professor Carlebach is married to Rabbi Mordechai Jofen, the rosh yeshiva ("dean") of the Novardok yeshiva Beis Yosef in Brooklyn, New York City. She uses her maiden name professionally and her married name in her personal life.

Dr. Carlebach's family was one of the preeminent rabbinical families in Germany before the Holocaust. Her grandfather was Rabbi Joseph Carlebach, the last chief rabbi of Hamburg, and her father is Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach who served as the mashgiach ruchani at the Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin and author of the commentary on the Humash Maskil Lishlomo.



  • The Pursuit of Heresy :Rabbi Moses Hagiz and the Sabbatian Controversies, (Columbia University Press, 1990; 1994) ISBN 0-231-07191-4
  • Divided Souls: Converts from Judaism in Germany, 1500-1750 Yale University Press, 2001 ISBN 0-300-08410-2, Finalist for the 2001-02 National Jewish Book Award
    • Review, Deborah Hertz, American Historical Review "Future scholars will stand on the shoulders of Carlebach’s massive research" [2]
    • Review, Rabbi Dr. Charles H. Middleburgh, The Expository Times "meticulously researched ...compelling and fascinating,"
    • Review, Donald Sullivan, History: Reviews of New Books
    • Review, Scott Hendrix, Journal of American Studies
    • Review, Dean Phillip Bell, Sixteenth Century Journal
    • Stephen D. Benin, Religious Studies Review
  • Co-editor, History and Memory: Jewish Perspectives, Brandeis/University Press of New England, 1998.


  • "Converts and their Narratives in Early Modern Germany", Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook, 1995
  • "Rabbinic Circles on Messianic Pathways in the Post- Expulsion Era", Judaism: A Quarterly Journal, Special Symposium issue on the impact of the Spanish Expulsion, 41 (1992), pp. 208–216.
  • "Two Amens that Delayed the Redemption: Jewish Messianism and Popular Spirituality in the Post-Sabbatian Century", Jewish Quarterly Review, 82 (1992): 241-261.
  • "Sabbatianism and the Jewish-Christian Polemic", Proceedingsof the Tenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Division C, Vol. II: Jewish Thought and Literature (Jerusalem, 1990): 1-7.
  • "Redemption and Persecution in the Eyes of R. Moses Hayim Luzzatto and his Circle", Proceedings of the American Academy for Jewish Research, 54(1987), 1-29.
  • "Introduction to The Letters of Bella Perlhefter" Early Modern Workshop: Jewish History Resources. Wesleyan University Press, Vol. 1, Early Modern Jeweries, 2004

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  1. ^ Hochbaum, Jerry (January 7, 2009). "The Ascent of Women Scholars in Jewish Studies" [news release]. Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Retrieved 2016-02-19 from www.mfjc.org.
  2. ^ Berger, Joseph (December 10, 2009). "Yosef H. Yerushalmi, Scholar of Jewish History, Dies at 77." The New York Times. Refers to Carlebach as "Dr. Yerushalmi's successor as Salo Baron professor at Columbia."
  3. ^ a b Harris, Jay (2007). "Carlebach, Elisheva." Encyclopaedia Judaica. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA. Available online at Jewish Virtual Library: [1]. Retrieved 2016-02-19.

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