Signer, Michael A.

Rabbi Dr. Michael A. Signer is currently Abrams Professor in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and a Senior Fellow of the Medieval Institute. He is also co-Chair of the Notre Dame Holocaust Project - an interdisciplinary faculty group that designs educational opportunities for students to engage in the study of the Shoah. Since 1998 he has been co-chair of the Joint Commission on Interreligious Affairs of the Reform movement. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Notre Dame, he served as Professor of Jewish History at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. Rabbi Signer's interest in interreligious affairs began during his doctoral studies at the Center for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. When he arrived in Los Angeles, he participated in the Priest-Rabbi dialogue and was one of the founders of the St. John's Major Seminar - Hebrew Union College academic exchange. He taught Bible courses at St. John's Seminary where priests for the Los Angeles Archdiocese are trained. In addition to developing that program, he organized a series of retreats for seminary faculty from Jewish, Catholic and Protestant institutions in California. Rabbi Signer is the author and editor of five books on topics that range from Medieval Latin biblical commentaries to contemporary Jewish-Christian relations. He has written articles for the Oxford Dictionary of Judaism, the Encyclopedia of Medieval France, and the Encyclopedia of St. Augustine.