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Thursday, July 1, 2004

Dr. Carol Ochs has been promoted to Adjunct Full Professor of Jewish Religious Thought at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

In announcing this promotion, Dr. Norman J. Cohen, Provost, said, "Dr. Carol Ochs has had a unique impact on our community of faculty and students, through her teaching, writing and visionary administrative leadership ever since she joined the College-Institute."

Dr. Ochs is Director of the Graduate School and supervises the Doctor of Ministry Program in Pastoral Counseling for ordained clergy of all faiths. Her research, writing, and teaching encompass Jewish spirituality, comparative religion, and Jewish feminism. In addition to teaching spiritual guidance, she serves as spiritual guide to rabbinic, cantorial, and Doctor of Ministry students at HUC-JIR. Prior to joining the faculty of HUC-JIR, she taught philosophy at Simmons College in Boston, where she is professor
emerita. Dr. Ochs received the Ph.D. in philosophy from Brandeis University in 1968.

Dr. Ochs's publications include:

  • Reaching Godward: Voices from Jewish Spiritual Guidance, URJ Press, 2004.
  • Our Lives as Torah: Finding God in Our Own Stories, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2001. (order online from
  • The Uses of the Heart, by Fontaine Maury Belford, coedited with Judith C. Campbell, Campbell and Lockwood Press, 1998.
  • Jewish Spiritual Guidance: Finding Our Way to God, with Kerry M. Olitzky, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 1997 (order online from
  • Women and Spirituality, 2nd ed., rev. & enl., Rowman & Littlefield, 1997 (order online from
  • Paths of Faithfulness, coedited with Kerry M. Olitzky and Joshua Saltzman, Ktav, 1997.
  • Song of the Self: Biblical Spirituality and Human Holiness, Trinity Press International, 1994.
  • The Noah Paradox: Time as Burden, Time as Blessing, Notre Dame University Press, 1991 (order online from
  • An Ascent to Joy: Transforming Deadness of Spirit, Notre Dame University Press, 1986.
  • Behind the Sex of God: Toward a New Consciousness Transcending Matriarchy and Patriarchy, Beacon Press, 1977

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.