“Witty, warm, and intellectually wide-ranging, Mark was an inspiration to students and to our whole campus community, demonstrating what the life of the mind looks like in action. In addition to his public talk, he also took time to meet with students informally, helping them become meaningful participants in important national conversations.”

Amy Weldon

Luther College

“Mark kept 150 of my congregants mesmerized for over an hour. His command of the current political landscape, his understanding of issues of concern to the Jewish community and his humorous and clever repartee make him an excellent scholar-in-residence. He later spoke to our post Bar/Bat Mitzvah High School students about the meaning of ‘mitzvah.’ The kids were totally engaged. Mark is really smart, he is able to relate to people of all ages, and he is warm! My people loved him!”

Rabbi Robert S. Goldstein

Temple Emanuel of Andover

“Whether dining with faculty, meeting with students, or engaging the broader community on issues of religion, culture, and politics, Mark Oppenheimer was funny, incisive, and down-to-earth on his visit to our campus. If you want a speaker who will seek to be part of your community—who will not only attempt to stimulate and educate but also take a genuine interest in those he meets—you need look no further.”

Justin Crowe

Williams College

“Mark is a gifted communicator with a passion for rigorous and meaningful conversation. Through his writing, speaking, and teaching, he is helping to shape contemporary discussions of Jewish and religious life in the United States.”

Rabbi Or Rose

The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership Hebrew College

“Mark’s talks are like a graduate seminar held at the Friars Club. None of us could stop laughing. Yet what he’s talking about is serious and exceedingly informed. To me, Mark Oppenheimer is the voice of the 21st-century Jewry.”

Michael Alexander

University of California, Riverside

“Mark spoke about the Jewish community of Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, which is the subject of his forthcoming book. He spoke to an audience of our students, faculty, and community members. He was informative, insightful, and — because the topic is close to his heart — very moving. I would invite him back in a heartbeat.”

Rabbi Michael Swarttz

Phillips Academy, Andover