Wendy Zierler - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Wendy Zierler, Ph.D., M.A., M.F.A.

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Sigmund Falk Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies

HUC-JIR/New York

Rabbinical Program, New York; Master of Arts in Jewish Education, Los Angeles; Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, New York
Academic Field: 
Language and Literature

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Dr. Wendy Zierler serves as Sigmund Falk Professor of Feminist Studies and Modern Jewish Literature at HUC-JIR/New York.

Prior to joining HUC-JIR, she was a Research Fellow in the English Department of Hong Kong University, where she lived for five and a half years while teaching at the University.

Dr. Wendy Zierler is Co-Editor of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History

Selected Publications and Edited Works

Midrash and Movies: Popular Film and Jewish Religious Conversation (SUNY, 2017), 2017 National Jewish Book Award Finalist in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience


Behikansi Atah (The Collected Writings of Hava Shapiro, Hebrew) edited with Carole B. Balin. (Hebrew)  Tel Aviv: Resling Press, 2008. 


To Tread on New Ground: Selected Hebrew Writings of Hava Shapiro (1878-1943). Translated by Wendy Zierler, edited with Carole B. Balin. Forthcoming, Wayne State University Press, 2014.


And Rachel Stole the Idols: The Emergence of Modern Hebrew Women’s Writing. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2004.


Consulting Editor for two special issues of Nashim dedicated to the theme of Gender and Books, Numbers 15 and 16, (2008).”


“Anthological Poetics,” in Since 1948, Nancy Berg and Naomi Sokoloff eds. (SUNY Press, 2020). 


“Breaking the Idyll: Rereading Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Agnon’s Sippur Pashut through Devorah Baron’s “Fradl,” Prooftexts 37:3 (2019). 


“From Hanye to Tehilla: The Righteous ‘Grandmother’ as Personification of the Shtetl and Jerusalemin Baron and Agnon,” in Agnon’s Stories of the Land of Israel, Jeffrey Saks and Steven Fine eds. (forthcoming, Wipf and Stock). 


“‘Look what I’ve found,’ said Kohelette: Texts that Talk Back to Kohelet 7,” CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly (Winter 2019) 


“H is For Hebrew: Hawking a Re-Sacralized Hebrew in America,” in What We Talk About When We Talk About Hebrew (And Why It Matters to Americans), Naomi Sokoloff and Nancy Berg eds., University of Washington Press (2018). Winner of the National Jewish Book Award, 2019. 

Public Lecture Topics
The Fool in Jewish Literature
The Bible and Modern Hebrew Women Writers
Reel Theology
Feminist Interpretation of the Akedah
Portraits of the Rabbi in the Modern Era