Rabbi Carole B. Balin, PhD , is professor of Jewish history at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is currently working on an updated version of the 1984 edition of Liberal Judaism with Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz and Frances W. Schwartz.
Rabbi Bradley Shavit is currently the dean of the conservative rabbinical seminary, the Ziegler School at the University of Judaism. He is the author of It's a Mitzvah! Jewish Living Step-by-Step (Behrman House) and has written more than 115 articles including Torah commentary for the Southern California Heritage.
Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, PhD , is a rabbi and scholar who was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and earned a PhD in Jewish philosophy at The Jewish Theological Seminary. She is the Shalom Hartman Institute's director of lay leadership education and co-director of its North American Scholars Circle. She is also a member of the faculty of HUC-JIR, Jerusalem, and teaches in communities throughout North America. She is co-author of two books, Striving Toward Virtue and Preparing Your Heart for the High Holidays , and author of many articles and rituals. She lives outside Jerusalem with her husband, Rabbi Ofer Sabath Beit-Halachmi, and their children, Tehillah and Yedidya.