Cody Bahir, Ph.D.
Dean of Jewish Studies

Cody Bahir joined Kehillah after finishing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also taught in the rabbinic programs at American Jewish University and Hebrew Union College, Skyline College in San Bruno, and a number of Taiwanese vocational schools as well Fooyin University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Cody’s research focuses on the intersection between modernity and religiosity within East Asian Buddhism and Hasidic Judaism. These interests are deeply informed by the years he spent in Taiwan conducting fieldwork in Buddhist communities and the Hasidic yeshivot (academies) he studied in as a youth. He holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies from American Jewish University, an M.A. in Judaic Studies from Hebrew Union College, and another in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In 2017, Cody earned his Ph.D. from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

As a scholar-educator, Cody’s teaching incorporates elements from traditional Hasidic batei midrashim (study halls), Chinese Buddhist pedagogy, and rigorous university education. When not teaching or researching, Cody enjoys cycling, thrift-store shopping, and long road trips.