Rabbi Yehoyada Amir is a Professor of Jewish Thought at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem and the chairperson of MARAM, the Israel Council of Reform Rabbis. In 1994 he received his Ph.D. in Jewish thought from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem at which he also served as an Assistant Professor for a few years. Between 1999 and 2009 he served as the director of HUC’s Israel Rabbinic Program, redesigned it as a leading liberal rabbinic training environment in Israel. Most Israeli Reform rabbis are his students.
His academic works deal with wide range of modern Jewish philosophers, including Nachman Krochmal, Aharon David Gordon, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Menahem M. Kaplan and Eliezer Schweid. He also contributed to the ongoing discourse about the scope and limitations of Post-Holocaust theology.
Amir is honorary member of The International Rosenzweig Society; a board member of the Israel Religious Action Center; and Rabbis for Human Rights.
Prof. Amir has served for many years as an officer at the IDF reserve forces (released in 1998 at the rank of Major). He is married to Geuli and they have two sons two grandkids.