Yaffa Weisman - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Yaffa Weisman, MLIS, Ph.D.

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(213) 765-2170
Adjunct Associate Professor

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Louchheim School of Judaic Studies, Los Angeles
Academic Field: 
Language and Literature
Research Interests: 
Literary and Cultural Criticism

Yaffa Weisman, Library Director, the Frances-Henry Library, Los Angeles; Adjunct Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, The Louchheim School of Jewish Studies.

Dr. Weisman, was born and educated in Israel, where she received her B.A. in Theatre Studies. While studying for her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, she began working at the Frances-Henry Library in Los Angeles. Upon receiving her doctorate, Dr. Weisman began teaching at HUC-JIR and at The Louchheim School of Judaic Studies. She was appointed as the Frances-Henry Library Director in 2000.

Dr. Weisman is a writer, translator and literary critic in the areas of feminist and theatre studies and creative liturgies, and is a regular book reviewer in the Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter, and in the Catholic Library Association Newsletter.

Dr. Weisman was elected as Vice-President/President Elect of the Association of Jewish Libraries in 2012, where she currently heads a Strategic Planning process.


Selected Publications and Edited Works

 The Lord Has a Taste for Clowning/ Stanley F. Chyet. Edited, with Adriane Leveen. Skirball Cultural Center, 2003.

The Day Martin Buber Was Buried / Yehudah Amichai. Translation into English. Shirim, 2001

Freedom of Speech: Assimilating Slang, Jargon and Other Languages into Current Israeli Hebrew. (2009. AJL Annual Convention, Chicago, IL)

Indoctrination through Early Israeli Children’s Literature. (2011. AJL Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada)

Current and Future Courses
Prescriptions for Faith - University of Southern California
Literature of Resistance - University of Southern California
Public Lecture Topics
Comparative literature
Modern drama
Contemporary Israeli culture