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Rabbi Dvora E. Weisberg, Ph.D., Promoted to Professor of Rabbinics at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Rabbi Dvora E. Weisberg, Ph.D., has been promoted to Professor of Rabbinics at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, as of July 1, 2015. Rabbi Weisberg is the Director of the School of Rabbinical Studies at HUC-JIR’s Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. She is an expert in Rabbinics and Liturgy, and her research interests focus on gender in Rabbinic Literature.

"Dr. Weisberg is a distinguished member of our faculty who has also taken up a major administrative position, where she is playing a vital role spearheading our efforts to reframe the Rabbinical Curriculum," stated Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost. "Her responsibility for a volume in the new feminist interpretation of the Talmud is a remarkable testament to the regard in which she is held in the scholarly community, as she joins with other HUC-JIR scholars in the forefront of reading the Talmud anew in a 21st-century light."

She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her M.A. and  Ph.D. in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary.  Before coming to HUC-JIR, Dr. Weisberg taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Weisberg’s book Levirate Marriage and the Family in Ancient Judaism explores the ancient rabbis’ understanding of family and familial relationships.  She has written extensively on levirate marriage and gender issues in rabbinic literature. She teaches frequently in informal settings, including adult education programs in congregations, several summers at the URJ Kallah and sessions for the CCAR and its regional conventions.

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.