Mel Scult, professor emeritus of Jewish thought at Brooklyn College, received his M.A. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University. He has taught at Brandeis, Vassar College and the New School for Social Research. Scult is the author of a biography of Mordecai Kaplan, Judaism Faces the Twentieth Century, and has co-edited, with Emmanuel Goldsmith, Dynamic Judaism: The Essential Writings of Mordecai Kaplan and The American Judaism of Mordecai Kaplan. Scult is also the author of “Schechter’s Seminary,” an essay which appears in Tradition Renewed: A History of JTS. He published Communings of the Spirit: The Journals of Mordecai M. Kaplan, 1913–1934 (2001).