Joshua David Holo - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Joshua David Holo, Ph.D.

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Dean, Jack H. Skirball Campus; Associate Professor of Jewish History

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Rabbinical Program, Los Angeles; Louchheim School of Judaic Studies, Los Angeles; Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Los Angeles
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Research Interests: 
Social and economic history

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Dr. Joshua Holo is the Dean of the HUC-JIR Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles Campus and Associate Professor of Jewish History. He co-founded HUC’s digital learning platform called the College Commons, and hosts a regular podcast called “College Commons Podcast.” Together with religious leaders in the Los Angeles neighborhood of HUC, he co-founded the Neighborhood Religious Leadership Coalition. He is the editor for the Brill Series on Jewish Studies; was a regular contributor of Torah commentary to the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles; and penned an article on liberal Zionism titled “Peering into the Nationalist Mirror” in The Fragile Dialogue (CCAR Press, 2017).

Selected Publications and Edited Works

 “Both Byzantine and Jewish? The Extent and Limits of Jewish Integration in Middle Byzantine Society.” In Negotiating Co-Existence: Communities, Cultures and ‘Convivencia’ in Byzantine Society. Eds. B. Crostini and S. La Porta. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2013

“Thoughts on Gershom b. Judah and the Italian Roots of Early Ashkenazic Jewry.” In Pesher Naḥum: Texts and Studies in Jewish History and Literature from Antiquity to the Middle Ages Presented to Norman Golb. Eds. J. Kraemer, M. Wechsler; Assoc. eds. F. Donner, J. Holo and D. Pardee. Chicago: Oriental Institute Press, 2011

Byzantine Jewry in the Mediterranean Economy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009 (Awarded the 2004 Koret Foundation Jewish Studies Publications Program Subsidy)

Current and Future Courses
Medieval History
Public Lecture Topics
Heresy, Mysticism and Jewish Freedom of Conscience
Jews, Muslims and Christians: Religious Debates when the Stakes Were High
Speaking at Cross Purposes: the Hidden Impasse in Jewish-Christian Dialogue
‘My Dearest Brothers’: Pilgrims, Pirates and Jewish Guilt in the Letters of Jews in the Middle Ages
Jew or not a Jew? Proselytes, Apostates and the Deepest Challenges to Jewish Identity
Assimilation and Identity Politics in Hebrew Poetry of Spain’s Golden Age