Faculty Profiles


Joshua Horowitz

Joshua Horowitz, chromatic button accordion, cimbalom and piano, received his Masters degree in Composition and Music Theory from the Academy of Music in Graz, Austria, where he taught Music Theory and served as Research Fellow and Director of the Yiddish Music Research Project for eight years.

He is the founder and director of the ensemble Budowitz, a founding member of Veretski Pass and has performed and recorded with Itzhak Perlman, The Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Theodore Bikel, Ben Goldberg, Rubin and Horowitz, Brave Old World, Adrienne Cooper and Ruth Yaakov. His music was recently featured in the British film, “Some of my best friends are... Jewish / Muslim”, awarded the Sandford St. Martin Trust Religious Broadcasting Award and is also featured in the new film by Jes Benstock, "The Holocaust Tourist".

His recordings with Veretski Pass, Budowitz, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Rubin & Horowitz and Alicia Svigals, have achieved international recognition and he is the recipient of more than 40 awards for his work as both composer and performer.

He was one of the co-founders of the Austrian experimental composer collective, “Die Andere Saite” and received the Prize of Honor by the Austrian government for his orchestral composition, “Tenebrae.” Following his children’s Opera, “Der Wilde Man”, Joshua received The “Award for Outstanding Talent in Composition” by the City of Graz and was twice finalist in the National American ASCAP competition. While teaching at the Graz Academy of Music he was awarded both The David Herzog and Fritz Spielman Awards, and received ongoing support from Louise M. Davies for his dedication to music creativity and education.

In 2001, Joshua’s group, Budowitz was chosen by the Austrian government to represent the country in the International Celebration of World Culture’s held at the
“House of the Cultures of The World” in Berlin.

Joshua taught Advanced Jazz Theory at Stanford University with the late saxophonist Stan Getz and is a regular teacher at Klez Kamp, Klezmerquerque, Klez Kanada, Klez California and the Klezmer Festival Fürth. His musicological work is featured in four books, including The Sephardic Songbook with Aron Saltiel and The Ultimate Klezmer, and he has written numerous articles on the counterpoint of J.S. Bach.


Henry Shreibman, Ph.D., Rabbi, DD

has been an adjunct faculty member over the last three years at Dominican University, Sonoma State, and UC Davis in Comparative Religion, History, Ethics, and Philosophy. He is the West Coast Director of Advancement and Outreach for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. He serves as Senior Research Fellow for the Levine Lent Foundation. Throughout his career, Shreibman has been cited for his service as an outstanding professional and educator. In 2008 Shreibman was awarded the Teacher of the Year at Dominican University as an adjunct. He received the Executive of the Year Award of the JCF in 2000. He served as the Head of School of Brandeis Hillel Day School for 13 years and was on the board of the California Association of Independent Schools. Henry is teaching JWST 255: The Evolution of Anti-Semitism: through history, literature, religion, and art. JWST 255 Syllabus.

Francesco Spangolo

Francesco Spagnolo, a multidisciplinary scholar focusing on Jewish studies, music and digital media, is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and a Lecturer in the Music Department at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a host for the cultural programs of Italian National Radio (RAI) in Rome. Intersecting textual, visual and musical cultures, he actively contributes to academic, cultural heritage and archival institutions, and live and electronic media in Europe, Israel and the United States. Francesco frequently lectures at academic institutions worldwide, publishes on a variety of subjects, and curates exhibitions and digital programs. Francesco holds a Laurea in Philosophy from the University of Milan (1994) and a PhD in Musicology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007). Francesco teaches MUS 343 Suvery of Jewish Musics and curates the Jewish Music Series associated with this class.

Nick Underwood

Nick Underwood is a Ph.D. candidate in modern European and modern Jewish history at the University of Colorado Boulder. His dissertation, which is the first cultural history of the eastern European Jewish immigrant culture in Paris during the 1920s and 1930s, is titled "Staging a New Community: Jewish Immigrant Culture in Interwar France, 1920-1940." Nick has published with French Politics, Culture & Society and Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture and serves as managing editor for the journal East European Jewish Affairs. Nick is teaching JWST 200: Introduction to Jewish Studies. JWST 200 Syllabus