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Visiting Instructor

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Los Angeles
Academic Field: 
Jewish Education
Research Interests: 
American Jewish Immigration

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Rabbi Jeffrey Marx is a Visiting Instructor at HUC-JIR's Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. He was ordained in 1983, and has been the spiritual leader of The Santa Monica Synagogue since 1985. 

He has worked in the field of formal and informal Jewish education for the past forty years.  A trained family mediator, Rabbi Marx holds Masters degrees in both Jewish Education and Hebrew Letters, and an Honorary Doctorate from HUC-JIR

Selected Publications and Edited Works

“Philadelphia Comes to New York: The Marketing of Cream Cheese in New York State, 1880-1900,” New York History: Quarterly Journal of the New York State Historical Association and the State University of New York-College at Oneonta 96, no. 2 (2015).

“The Role of Western Religious Values in Peacemaking for Divorcing Families,” Family Court Review 53, no. 3 (2015).

"The Origins and Development of Cream Cheese in America," Food, Culture & Society 15, no. 2 (2012).

"Jewish Agricultural Colonies in Kansas," Avotaynu 26, no. 2 (2010).

”Give Me My Childhood Again: A History of the Grand St. Boys Club," American Jewish Archives, Fall/Winter, 1991.

Current and Future Courses
EDU 615: Liturgy Practicum
Public Lecture Topics
"The Whole Shmear: How America Brought Cream Cheese to the Jews"