For the second time in its 136-year history as the oldest institution of higher Jewish learning in North America, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is preparing to have a husband and wife teaching at the same time. Kristi Garroway will join the Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles as of July 1, when she becomes Visiting Assistant Professor of Bible. Her husband, Joshua Garroway, already teaches at the campus as Assistant Professor of Early Christianity and Second Commonwealth. Kristi, whose research focuses on the unsung lives of children in Biblical antiquity, received her doctorate in 2009 from HUC-JIR in Cincinnati.
The Garroways will have a nearly unique status at the College-Institute. The only known previous couple to teach here simultaneously was Hildegaard and Julius Levy, who arrived from Berlin in 1938 among the scholars rescued out of Nazi Germany by HUC-JIR. They taught subjects such as Akkadian (an extinct Semitic language), Bible, and Ancient Near Eastern History. Prior to moving to the U.S., he fought for the Germans during World War I and corresponded with his wife in Akkadian in cuneiform so that no one could read the letters.