Published on May 26th, 2022 | by University Communications


CCJS appoints first Cohn Visiting Chair in Jewish Thought, assistant director

The Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies (CCJS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rabbi David Maayan as the center’s inaugural Maureen and Douglas Cohn Visiting Chair in Jewish Thought and assistant director of CCJS. Maayan will join Saint Leo in August.

“Rabbi Maayan is a phenomenal person and scholar who has enormous talent and can advance the CCJS’s mission and goals in Florida and beyond,” said Dr. Matthew Tapie, director of the center and associate professor of theology.

This visiting chair position is made possible by the generosity of Maureen and Douglas Cohn of Tampa. A unifying force in their work with the Tampa Jewish Community Centers and Federation, the Cohns are longtime friends of CCJS and have supported the center’s interreligious work since the early 2000s.

The Cohn Chair is a two-year visiting appointment with the possibility of a third-year renewal as a full-time faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences. The chair also represents the establishment of Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University.

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