Graduate Fellows

Noam Cohen, Graduate Fellow in Israeli Law, Economy and Society.
Noam is pursuing her JD at Berkeley Law, after earning a BA in Political Science and Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University. During her undergraduate studies in Israel, Cohen worked on two political campaigns and was the administrative coordinator at Sons of Darfur, an Israeli-based non-profit organization that assists Darfuri refugees in Israel. Her interests include corporate law and technology, particularly emerging growth companies and entrepreneurial development. For the 2011-2012 year, Noam is program coordinator at the Berkeley Institute.

Hed Ehrlich, Graduate Fellow in Israeli Law, Economy and Society.
Hed is an LL.M student at Berkeley Law. Prior to Berkeley, he studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he received his undergraduate (LL.B in Law, BA in Philosophy) and graduate degrees (LL.M in Law, Urban and Regional Studies). Hed's interests include administrative law, property law and land use law. He is currently writing a thesis on the role of planning and land use law in how local governments respond to the current economic crisis. Hed is also a graduate student instructor for the course "Comparative Constitutional Law: The Case of Israel," in the undergraduate Legal Studies Program.

Noah Greenfield, Graduate Fellow in Jewish Law.
Noah Greenfield is pursuing a PhD in the Jewish Studies program at the University of California, Berkeley, and a JD at Stanford Law School. He earned his rabbinic ordination, MA in Bible, and BA with Honors in Philosophy and Jewish Studies, at Yeshiva University. He is co-chair of the Spring 2012 UC Berkeley symposium, "Legal Heterodoxy in Islamic and Jewish history: late antique and medieval transformations."

David Kasher, Gilbert Foundation Graduate Fellow in Jewish Law.
David Kasher grew up in Oakland, CA, and after college at Wesleyan University and several years studying in yeshivot in Israel, he went on to rabbinical school at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York, and was ordained there in 2007. For the last three years, he has been working as the Senior Jewish Educator at Berkeley Hillel, and since 2009 as a Lecturer at UC Berkeley, School of Law, teaching Jewish Law. Last year he received his LL.M at Berkeley, and is currently a doctoral candidate there, writing his dissertation on cynicism in religious and secular legal discourse.


Yedidyah Etzion,
Graduate Fellow in Jewish Law
Yedidya Etzion is a PhD candidate in the joint doctoral program for Near Eastern Religions. Prior to his studies at Berkeley he received a B.A. in Bible and Jewish Studies and a M.A. in Jewish History, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His main focus is on Hellenistic Judaism, Rabbinic Literature and Culture, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. More specifically he is interested in the relationship between modes of interpretation, theology, and Jewish law in late antiquity. Yedidya is writing his dissertation on Philo of Alexandria's Jewish Law.


Eli Rosenblatt, Graduate Fellow in Jewish Culture
Eli Rosenblatt is a PhD Candidate in the Doctoral Program in Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley. Eli’s primary interests include the social and political aspects of Jewish Enlightenment, Yiddish and Hebrew literature, and varieties of Jewish nationalism. He has taught undergraduates in the Jewish Studies and Freshman/Sophomore Seminar Programs and is the founder of the Berkeley Inaugural Conference in Romani Studies, a cross-campus initiative to promote the critical study of the Romani (“Gypsy”) culture and history.