Brusin, David

Senior Lecturer, Jewish Studies

Professional Experience

  • Senior Lecturer
    University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin (August 2004 – present)
  • Adjunct Professor of Religion
    Ripon College
    Ripon, Wisconsin (September 2002 – 2020)


  • Doctor of Divinity, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Rabbinical Degree, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • ABD in philosophy, Temple University
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Master of Arts in philosophy, Temple University
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, University of Illinois
    Chicago, Illinois

Selected Publications

  • “Flashpoint in Jerusalem: The Temple Mount,” Op-Ed piece in THE WISCONSIN JEWISH CHRONICLE, November 2015 [Volume XXXVI], No. 11, page 22
  • Review of DEMOCRATIZING JUDAISM, by Jack Cohen, JOURNAL OF MODERN JEWISH STUDIES, Volume 12, Issue 3, 2013, 552 - 555
  • “Ready to Explode,” ZEEK: A JEWISH JOURNAL OF THOUGHT AND CULTURE, online edition, — first posted in December, 2009
  • “Paul Celan: Black Milk of Daybreak,” CROSS CURRENTS, Spring, 1996, 50-58
  • “The God of Mordecai Kaplan,” JUDAISM, Spring, 1980, 209-220
  • “Genesis 2:24,” JOURNAL OF REFORM JUDAISM, Fall, 1979
  • “A Time to Protest: Herman Melville and the Skokie Problem,” MOMENT MAGAZINE, January/February, 1979, 11-12
  • “The Case Against Violence,” THE SENTINEL OF CHICAGO (Guest Editorial), January 12, 1978
  • Heschel, the Kotzer and Kierkegaard,” RECONSTRUCTIONIST, June, 1976, 29-31
  • “Critical Notice of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s On Certainty,” PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY OF ISRAEL, October, 1974, 573-582
  • “Franz Rosenzweig’s Approach to Jewish Law,” RECONSTRUCTIONIST, June, 1974, 7-12

Presentations at Professional Conferences

  • One of three panelists commenting on William T. Cavanaugh’s presentation at Carthage College in Kenosha Wisconsin on “Weaponizing Scripture: Healing or Harming in the Name of God”, March 15, 2018
  • Mordecai Kaplan’s ‘New Zionism’, Rabbi Jack Cohen, and the State of Israel, at the KaplNazaan Shabbaton and Conference, February 28 to March 3, 2014, at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation and Georgetown University
  • One of four panelists presenting papers on the recently published The Jewish Annotated New Testament at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Conference in Chicago on November 18, 2012

Selected Courses

  • Joseph: A Biblical Psychological Thriller—Honors
  • Jesus of Nazareth: God or Man?
  • The Palestinian/Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • The Jewish Jesus
  • The Book of Genesis: Where It All Begins