Rabbi David Ellenson has announced the appointment of Dr. Joshua Holo as Dean of HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, as of July 1, 2010. Dr. Holo came to the College-Institute in the Fall of 2005 as Associate Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Louchheim School of Judaic Studies, which functions as the undergraduate Judaic Studies program for HUC-JIR’s partner, the University of Southern California (USC).
“Dr. Joshua Holo brings superb academic and administrative talents to his new role as Dean of our Los Angeles campus,” said Rabbi Ellenson. “He has stewarded our unique relationship with the University of Southern California, in which HUC-JIR provides instruction in Jewish Studies to over 600 undergraduates each year. His scholarship on the Cairo Genizah and the Jews of Byzantium and Spain enriches the studies of our rabbinical, education, and Jewish communal service students. We look forward to his expertise, wisdom, and guidance, as he advances our mission in preparing men and women as leaders of vision for the Reform Movement and the Jewish people worldwide.”
Dr. Holo chaired the Los Angeles campus Executive Committee on Academic and Student Affairs from 2007 to 2009. He teaches at both HUC-JIR and USC, and his scholarship focuses primarily on the social and intellectual life of medieval Jewry in the Christian Mediterranean. He is the author of Byzantine Jewry in the Mediterranean Economy (Cambridge, 2009) and co-author of The Jews: A History (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2009).
In his new capacity as Dean, Dr. Holo will oversee both the academic and administrative workings of the Los Angeles campus, as well as internal relations with the local Board of Overseers and external relations on behalf of the College-Institute and the campus.
Prior to coming to HUC-JIR, Dr. Holo served as Assistant Professor of Jewish History at the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. He received his Ph.D. with distinction from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago and his B.A. in Classics and International Relations from Colorado College. A 2004 recipient of the Koret Foundation Jewish Studies Publication Program subsidy for Byzantine Jewry in the Mediterranean Economy, he is the author of articles and the contributor of essays to numerous scholarly journals and volumes and has lectured on topics ranging from the “German Jewish Nationhood in the Venice Ghetto” to “Karaite Biblical Exegesis” at international conferences.