Dr. Stephen Hazan Arnoff has been the Director of Culture, Community and Society at Shalem College since its opening in Fall 2013. Previously he was the Executive Director of the 14th Street Y in New York City for six years, overseeing the tripling of the size of the Y’s core programs, renovation of its facilities, establishment of a Board of Directors, and the founding of LABA: A Laboratory for New Jewish Culture.
He has also held a variety of other leadership and educational positions at institutions including the 92nd Street Y, the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), Zeek, and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute. Stephen received his doctorate in Midrash and Scriptural Interpretation from JTS as a Wexner Graduate Fellow and publishes, lectures, and teaches on art, religion, music, and Jewish life widely. Most recently, he contributed chapters on Bruce Springsteen and the Bible to Reading the Boss: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Works of Bruce Springsteen (Lexington Books) and Bob Dylan and religion to Dylan at Play (Cambridge Scholars Publishing).
He has been a Tikvah Scholar at the New York University School of Law, a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute, and a Revson Fellow at JTS. Stephen serves on the founding editorial board of BOSS, the first academic journal dedicated to Bruce Springsteen Studies. He is currently completing two projects: a book about ancient myth, religion, and rock and roll and a novel. He blogs at http://talkinhavanagilahblues.blogspot.com.