Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter is university professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought and senior scholar at the Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Schacter was the first Rabbi of the Young Israel of Sharon, MA, served as the Rabbi of The Jewish Center in New York City, and served as Rabbi of the Maimonides Minyan in Brookline, MA.
Dr. Schacter holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages from Harvard University and received rabbinic ordination from Mesivta Torah Vodaath. Dr. Schacter was a teaching fellow at Harvard University, director of Yeshiva University’s Torah u-Madda Project, and an adjunct assistant professor at the Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University. In 1995, he was awarded the prestigious Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellowship from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University and in 2014 he was awarded the Chelst Grant for Publication Assistance from Yeshiva University.
Rabbi Schacter served as founding president of the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations (COJO) of the Upper West Side, is a member of the Board of Governors of the Orthodox Union and is on the Editorial Boards of Tradition, Jewish Action, BDD (Bechal Derachecha Da’ehu), and Jewish Educational Leadership.