Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, has announced the appointment of Dr. Hélène Dallaire as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Hebrew Language Instruction at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. She has served as Director of Hebrew Language Instruction at HUC-JIR since 2001 and had taught at the College-Institute as an Instructor or Teaching Assistant from 1995-2001. “Dr. Dallaire teaches by word and by deed,” noted Rabbi Kenneth Ehrlich, Dean of HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. “She is truly fascinated by the subjects she teaches, always respectful of the texts before her, striving always to find meaning beond the words. She inspires students of different faiths and backgrounds to follow her example, and takes pride in her students' achievements and accomplishments. We are honored to welcome to our faculty this distinguished alumna of our School of Graduate Studies and valued member of our administrative team.”
Dr. Dallaire received her Ph.D. in Comparative Semitics and her M.Phil. in Hebraic and Cognate Studies from HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, where she wrote her dissertation on “The Syntax of Volitives in Northwest Semitic Prose.” She earned an M.A. in Biblical Literature from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Ottawa.
Her fields of expertise include Hebrew Bible, Northwest Semitic inscriptions, Ancient Near Eastern history, and Hebrew grammar. In addition, her linguistic talent can be demonstrated by the wide variety of languages she speaks or has studied: French, Modern, Biblical, and Mishnaic Hebrew, Akkadian, Ugaritic, Classical and Modern Arabic, Aramaic, Moabite, Edomite, Ammonite, Spanish, Koiné, and Classical Greek.
Dr. Dallaire received the Rabbis Kahn-Schachtel Fellowship for study at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati two years in a row.