David  Kraemer Author of Evaluating Organization Development

David Kraemer

Jewish Theological Seminary

I am a professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where I also serve as director of one of the most outstanding libraries of rare Judaica in the world. Because my interests are broad and varied, I have written on subjects as diverse as the ideologies of the Talmud, the history of Jewish eating practices, Jewish death and mourning rituals, and other topics important for understanding rabbinic religion and therefore Judaism.


David Kraemer is Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian (=Director of The Library) at The Jewish Theological Seminary, where he has also served as Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics for many years.  As Librarian, Prof. Kraemer is at the helm of the most extensive collection of Judaica—rare and contemporary—in the Western hemisphere.  On account of the size and importance of the collection, Prof. Kraemer is instrumental in setting policy and establishing vision for projects of international importance.
Prof. Kraemer is a prolific author and commentator.  His books include The Mind of the Talmud (1990), Responses to Suffering in Classical Rabbinic Literature (1995), The Meanings of Death in Rabbinic Judaism (2000), and Jewish Eating and Identity Through the Ages (Routledge, 2007, 2009), among others. His most recent book is Rabbinic Judaism: Place and Space (Routledge, 2015). He is also the author and co-creator of The Haggadah app, for iPads.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Rabbinic literature and religion, Jewish death and mourning practices, Jewish eating practices, the Jewish Sabbath, Hebrew books and manuscripts

Personal Interests

    Symphony and jazz, literature, cooking, skiing, theater, travelling, life!


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