Faculty Profiles

Ziv Rubinovitz

Dr. Ziv Rubinovitz is the Israel Institute Teaching Fellow for Sonoma State Univeristy beginning in Fall 2017. He was a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center (2016-2017), studying the rise and decline of the autonomy concept 1967-1982. He is a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Haifa, Israel. His dissertation dealt with the geopolitics of the U.S. use of force in the international arena since 1898. His major fields of research are American foreign policy and grand strategy, Israeli foreign policy issues, particularly the peace process with Egypt, and the US- Israel relations. He had been a visiting researcher at the Azrieli Institute at Concordia University in Montreal, a visiting professor of Israel Studies at Emory University, a visiting researcher at the LSE and an adjunct lecturer at the MA Program on Peace and Conflict Management at the University of Haifa. He had published an article on Israel's role in the September 1970 crisis in Jordan (International History Review 2010), an article on the alleged American decline as other power rise in the international system (in an edited volume: Aharon Klieman (ed.), Geopolitics and Great Powers (Springer, 2015).

Henry Shreibman, Ph.D., Rabbi, DD

has been an adjunct faculty member over the last three years at Dominican University, Sonoma State, and UC Davis in Comparative Religion, History, Ethics, and Philosophy. He is the West Coast Director of Advancement and Outreach for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. He serves as Senior Research Fellow for the Levine Lent Foundation. Throughout his career, Shreibman has been cited for his service as an outstanding professional and educator. In 2008 Shreibman was awarded the Teacher of the Year at Dominican University as an adjunct. He received the Executive of the Year Award of the JCF in 2000. He served as the Head of School of Brandeis Hillel Day School for 13 years and was on the board of the California Association of Independent Schools. Henry is teaching JWST 255: The Evolution of Anti-Semitism: through history, literature, religion, and art. JWST 255 Syllabus.

Joshua Horowitz

Joshua Horowitz, chromatic button accordion, cimbalom and piano, received his Masters degree in Composition and Music Theory from the Academy of Music in Graz, Austria, where he taught Music Theory and served as Research Fellow and Director of the Yiddish Music Research Project for eight years.

He is the founder and director of the ensemble Budowitz, a founding member of Veretski Pass and has performed and recorded with Itzhak Perlman, The Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Theodore Bikel, Ben Goldberg, Rubin and Horowitz, Brave Old World, Adrienne Cooper and Ruth Yaakov. His music was recently featured in the British film, “Some of my best friends are... Jewish / Muslim”, awarded the Sandford St. Martin Trust Religious Broadcasting Award and is also featured in the new film by Jes Benstock, "The Holocaust Tourist".

His recordings with Veretski Pass, Budowitz, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Rubin & Horowitz and Alicia Svigals, have achieved international recognition and he is the recipient of more than 40 awards for his work as both composer and performer.

He was one of the co-founders of the Austrian experimental composer collective, “Die Andere Saite” and received the Prize of Honor by the Austrian government for his orchestral composition, “Tenebrae.” Following his children’s Opera, “Der Wilde Man”, Joshua received The “Award for Outstanding Talent in Composition” by the City of Graz and was twice finalist in the National American ASCAP competition. While teaching at the Graz Academy of Music he was awarded both The David Herzog and Fritz Spielman Awards, and received ongoing support from Louise M. Davies for his dedication to music creativity and education.

In 2001, Joshua’s group, Budowitz was chosen by the Austrian government to represent the country in the International Celebration of World Culture’s held at the
“House of the Cultures of The World” in Berlin.

Joshua taught Advanced Jazz Theory at Stanford University with the late saxophonist Stan Getz and is a regular teacher at Klez Kamp, Klezmerquerque, Klez Kanada, Klez California and the Klezmer Festival Fürth. His musicological work is featured in four books, including The Sephardic Songbook with Aron Saltiel and The Ultimate Klezmer, and he has written numerous articles on the counterpoint of J.S. Bach.