Micah Goodman, PhD

An American-Israeli philosopher, Dr. Micah Goodman is a leading young voice in Israel and North America on Zionism, Judaism, the Bible and a wide variety of issues facing contemporary world Jewry. Micah has a doctorate from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He lectures in Jewish thought at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, serves as a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and teaches in the Tikvah Project at Princeton University.

Micah addressed the 36th World Zionist Congress in June, 2010, sharing the stage with Professor Gil Troy, an outspoken and proud Zionist.  There Micah made an eloquent and inspiring case for a New Paradigm for Zionism  that will be the focus of his presentations in the Bay Area.

Micah has a popular weekly national television show in Israel discussing Biblical figures. His academic publications have been honored multiple times with awards including the Tishbi, Lubin, and Peleg. His first book, which is on Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed, was released in Hebrew in September 2010 by the publishing house of Kinneret Zmora Bitan.

Micah founded and directs the nonprofit Ein Prat – The Academy for Leadership, which works to fulfill Israel’s promise by inspiring hundreds of Israeli young adults each year through intensive programs of Jewish-Zionist education and leadership training. Micah lives in Kfar Adumim, is married to Tzippi and is a father of twin toddlers.

Micah’s visit to the Bay Area  is under the auspices of the American Zionist Movement and was made possible in part by a generous grant from the Dorothy and Harold Greenwald Foundation.