Tamar Kaplan Appel

Tamar Kaplan Appel is a Ph.D. candidate in modern Jewish history at the University of Pennsylvania. She is writing her dissertation on the communal and political activity of crown rabbis in Late Imperial Russia and has presented papers on this topic at various conferences in the United States and Israel. Appel, who has taught college and adult education courses on various topics within Jewish Studies, currently teaches courses in history as well as in Hebrew language at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School in Teaneck, New Jersey.

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