Helen Plotkin studies ancient and medieval Jewish texts and interpretive traditions. She teaches courses in Hebrew for Text Study, and Readings in Classical Jewish Texts. She is also the founder and director of Beit Midrash, Swarthmore's Center for the Study of Classical Jewish Texts. Her interests include Bible, midrash, Talmud, and Zohar.
She received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.A. from the University of Michigan. She received rabbinic ordination and the Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.