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James E. Ponet

Lecturer in Law
Rabbi James Ponet is a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and the Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain at Yale, where he has served as a religious leader since 1981. He is also the executive director of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. He earned his B.A. degree from Yale in 1968 with a major in Religious Studies and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Hebrew Union College, where he was ordained in 1973. Rabbi Ponet lived in Israel from 1974 through 1981, studying Jewish thought at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and serving as a Fellow and teacher at both the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Pardes Institute.
D.D., Hebrew Union College, 1998
M.A., Hebrew Union College, 1973
B.A., Yale, 1968

Courses Taught
The Book of Job and Injustice