Ellen Umansky

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Dr. Ellen M. Umansky is the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies and Director of the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University located in Fairfield, Connecticut, positions that she has held since 1994.

Before coming to Fairfield University, Dr. Umansky taught at various institutions including Emory University, Princeton University, Vassar College and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Currently, she serves as President of the Southern Jewish Historical Society. See http://www.jewishsouth.org/ She is a member of the Board of Directors of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honors society for religious studies and theology. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and the Academic Advisory Board of the Jewish Women's Archives.

In 2003, Dr. Umansky was named the first 'Woman of Distinction' by the Women's Auxiliary of the Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield County.[1] And in 2005, the Connecticut Jewish Ledger recognized Dr. Umansky as a "mover and shaker" in the local Jewish community.[2]


Dr. Umansky received her B.A. from Wellesley College; M.A. from the Yale Divinity School; and her M.Phil. and Ph.D. in religion from Columbia University in 1981.


  • Lily Montagu and the Advancement of Liberal Judaism: From Vision to Vocation (Studies in Women & Religion), (Edwin Mellen Press, December 1983)
  • Lily Montagu: Sermons, Addresses, Letters and Prayers, ed. (Edwin Mellen Press, 1985)
  • Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality: A Sourcebook, edited with D. Ashton (Beacon Press, 2004)
  • Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality: A Sourcebook, Revised Edition, edited and with introductions by Ellen M. Umansky and Dianne Ashton (Brandeis University Press, 2009)
  • From Christian Science to Jewish Science: Spiritual Healing and American Jews (Oxford University Press, USA, 2005)


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