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Reporting Members

CSM Reporting Members may be contacted to learn more about the AJS’s resolution procedures and the process for reporting an incident.

Ombuds Team Members

Flora Cassen

Flora Cassen, Ombuds Team Member

Dr. Flora Cassen is associate professor of Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies, and History at Washington University in St. Louis with research interests in the social life of Jews in Renaissance Italy, European Jewish History and Culture, Jewish identity, and Antisemitism. In 2017, Flora volunteered to serve on the ad-hoc AJS Sexual Misconduct Task Force. In 2019 she joined the AJS Committee on Sexual Misconduct as an Ombuds Team Member.

Keren McGinity

Keren McGinity, Ombuds Team Member

Dr. Keren McGinity is director of Hebrew College’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program and an honorary research associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University where she also teaches American Studies. She is a gender historian and serves on the Academic Advisory Council of the Jewish Women’s Archive. Keren has served on the boards of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry and the AJS Women’s Caucus. In 2017, Keren volunteered to serve on the ad-hoc AJS Sexual Misconduct Task Force. In 2019 she joined the AJS Committee on Sexual Misconduct as an Ombuds Team Member. Keren is a Forward 50 honoree for her 2018 op-ed “American Jewry’s #MeToo Problem: A First-Person Encounter.”

Mira Wasserman

Mira Wasserman, Ombuds Team Member

Dr. Rabbi Mira Beth Wasserman is director of the Center for Jewish Ethics and assistant professor of Rabbinic Literature at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Connecting her academic research and social justice work, Mira draws on Rabbinic literature—the Talmud in particular—as a model for contemporary ethical deliberation. Her teaching responsibilities include training rabbis and rabbinic students in professional ethics and abuse prevention. She is co-editor of the forthcoming Respect and Responsibility: A Jewish Ethics Study Guide deploying Jewish values and text study in the prevention of abuse. In 2019 she joined the AJS Committee on Sexual Misconduct as an Ombuds Team Member.

Committee Chair

Laura Levitt

Laura Levitt, Chair

Dr. Laura Levitt is professor of Religion, Jewish Studies and Gender at Temple University where she has chaired the Department of Religion and the Jewish Studies Program. She has directed Temple University’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program, is the former coordinator of the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium, and has written about sexual assault and traumatic memory. Laura has served on the AJS Board of Directors, and in 2018 was appointed chair of the ad-hoc AJS Sexual Misconduct Task Force. Under her leadership, the Task Force developed procedures for handling complaints of sexual misconduct in AJS sponsored programs and activities. In 2019, Laura became the chair of the new Committee on Sexual Misconduct which oversees the design and operation of the AJS sexual misconduct policy and procedures.

Committee Secretary

Lisa Fishbayn Joffe

Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, Secretary

Dr. Lisa Fishbayn Joffe is lecturer in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and affiliated faculty in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. She is also the Shulamit Reinharz Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, a research institute on Jews and gender, where she directs the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law. Her research and teaching explores feminist theory, legal theory, and women's rights at the intersection of civil and religious law. She holds law degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School and Harvard Law School. In 2017, Lisa volunteered to serve on the ad-hoc AJS Sexual Misconduct Task Force where she was instrumental in developing the AJS procedures for handling complaints of sexual misconduct. In 2019, Lisa became the secretary of the new Committee on Sexual Misconduct which oversees the design and operation of the AJS sexual misconduct policy and procedures.


Incidents may also be reported to the AJS President or AJS Executive Director.