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Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
t is 9:20 a.m. and 13 students in Room 013
in Los Angeles are facing their six classmates in
Room 507, three hours later in New York, courtesy
of the video conferencing technology in the brand
new eLearning-classrooms on these two campuses
made possible by the generous support of Gerry
and Burt Belzer. These 4th- and 5th-year rabbinical
students are inaugurating the first ever Bible cross-
campus course at HUC-JIR and advancing the
College-Institute’s entry into the 21st century.
Team-taught by Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Dr.
Andrea Weiss, co-editors of the groundbreaking pub-
The Torah: A Women’s Commentary
Introduction to Modern Torah Commentaries in
Context” examines the
of ten other modern Torah commentaries, including
Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox ones. “As stu-
dents analyze a range of Torah texts and Torah
commentaries, with attention to historical context,
hermeneutics, goals, audience, and reception of each
commentary, they are strengthening skills and fur-
ther developing their own approach to, and
interpretation of, the Torah,” explains Dr. Weiss.
Face to Face, Coa
Dr. Andrea Weiss, Assistant Professor of Bible, and
students at HUC-JIR/New York and (on the screen)
Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Professor of Bible,
and students at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, participat-
ing in the first ever cross-campus Bible course at
HUC-JIR utilizing eLearning classrooms.