Arthur (Art) Green is a distinguished professor and author of Jewish thought, mysticism, spirituality, neo-Hasidism, and theology. Green earned a BA from Brandeis University in 1961, an MHL and his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1964 and 1967, respectively, as well as his PhD from Brandeis in 1975. Notably, Green is credited with founding Havurat Shalom in 1968 in Somerville, Massachusetts, an organization dedicated to renewing Jewish spirituality, education, and community from an egalitarian perspective; Havurat Shalom was a precursor to and inspiration for the Havurah movement in American Judaism.
As a scholar, Green held many positions of honor and prestige across nearly five decades in academia. He taught for more than a decade at the University of Pennsylvania, then became dean (and later president, from 1987 to 1993) at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College outside of Philadelphia, and was named Philip W. Lown Professor of Jewish Thought at Brandeis University, where he taught from 1994 to 2005. He is currently the Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion and was the founding dean of the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts. Having studied with Alexander Altmann, Nahum N. Glatzer, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, Green has been recognized for many awards and honors as one of the leading Jewish scholars and theologians; he has even “been named to Newsweek's list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America every year since 2008.”