Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Ph.D., Granted Tenure at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, has been granted tenure as of July 1, 2011. 

In announcing Dr. Weiss’s tenure, Dr. Michael Marmur, Vice President for Academic Affairs, stated: “Dr. Weiss is recognized as one of the most important literary scholars of the Bible today, and her work as co-editor of the landmark The Torah: A Woman's Bible Commentary and her publications in the area of Biblical metaphor reflect her outstanding scholarship. As a cutting-edge teacher, she is implementing innovative strategies of pedagogy in the classroom, while her commitment to liberal Judaism and modeling of Jewish life and teaching to her students sets an inspiring example of living Jewish values for her students.”

Dr. Weiss received a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987 and was ordained at HUC-JIR in New York in 1993. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

She has been on the faculty of HUC-JIR since 2000, and serves as Chair of the Worship Working Group, is a member of the National Academic Policies Working Group and Educational Technology Committee, and chaired the Curriculum Committee.  

Dr. Weiss served as Associate Editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary (URJ Press, 2008), which won the Jewish Book Council's 2008 Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award. She has published Figurative Language in Biblical Prose Narrative: Metaphor in the Book of Samuel (Brill, 2006) and articles on metaphor and biblical poetry.  Her current research interests include the book of Psalms and metaphors for God in the Prophets. 

She is a member of the Joint Commission on Worship, Music, and Religious Living, has served as Scholar for the Union for Reform Judaism, Women of Reform Judaism, and Central Conference of American Rabbis conventions, and has presented academic papers at leading academic conferences.


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