Dr. Leah Hochman Promoted to Associate Professor of Jewish Thought

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dr. Leah Hochman has been promoted to Associate Professor of Jewish Thought at the Jack H. Skirball Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Los Angeles, as of July 1, 2014.  Dr. Leah Hochman also serves as Director of the Louchheim School for Judaic studies at the University of Southern California.

"This well-deserved promotion is a testament to Dr. Hochman's great contributions to the intellectual, academic, administrative and communal life of our school," stated Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost at HUC-JIR. 

Dr. Hochman received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion and Literature from Boston University, where she wrote her dissertation on Moses Mendelssohn’s theories of religion and language. Dr. Hochman spent a year in Berlin as a post-doctoral fellow at the Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum and has continued to return to Germany regularly to research and lead classes.

Before coming to HUC-JIR in 2008, she served as Assistant Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies at the University of Florida and taught in the Great Books program at Boston University.

At HUC-JIR, Dr. Hochman teaches classes in medieval and modern philosophy, German-Jewish thought and culture, American Judaism, modern history, and food ethics. At USC, she teaches classes on Jewish literature, Jewish identity, popular culture, religion and food and the academic study of Judaism.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first 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, 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. www.huc.edu