Inside Connect

A space for HUC’s diverse community to ask their Jewish questions. Whether your questions are about Judaism or Jewish culture, Hebrew or Yiddish, our faculty experts are here to answer them!

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In 2020, we launched HUC Connect at the height of the pandemic, to leverage the zoom-boom that resulted from global lockdowns. And it worked! We reached thousands of people across the globe. But we also want to connect with you, our staff, right here at home, to share the ideas and cultures that HUC serves and that you also serve by virtue of working at HUC!

Have a Question?

Whether you’re curious about Judaism or Jewish culture, Hebrew or Yiddish, our faculty experts in a broad range of subject areas are here to answer your questions!

Submit your anonymous questions about anything Jewish. We’ll select some questions, film the answers, and share them with you here!


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Previous Offerings

Episode 4: Jewish Denominations (May 2022)

Learn from Dr. Neal S. Scheindlin, Instructor in Rabbinics, HUC/LA; Lainer Beit Midrash Scholar from HUC/LA, as he sheds some light on the differences between Reform and Conservative Judaism.

Episode 3: Passover (April 2022)

In this episode of Inside Connect, join Abby S. Schwartz, Director of the Cincinnati Skirball Museum, as she explores the relationship between Passover and Easter via art and images.

Episode 2: Happy Valentine’s Day (February 2022)

Let’s explore four traditions integral to the Jewish wedding: the signing of the Ketubah, seven blessings, exchange of the rings, and breaking of the glass. Hear from:

  • Rabbi Lisa Grant, Ph.D., Rabbinical Program Director in New York
  • Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Jewish Theology
  • Rabbi Dvora Weisberg, Ph.D., Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professor of Rabbinics; HUC-JIR Rabbinical School Director and Rabbinical Program Director in Los Angeles
  • Rabbi Richard Sarason, Ph.D., Director, Pines School of Graduate Studies

Episode 1: Happy New Year! (January 2022)

If New Year’s Day is on January 1st, and Jews celebrate Rosh HaShanah as the Jewish New Year, what do Jews do on 1/1? Hear from:

  • Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D., Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professor of Liturgy and Midrash, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
  • Daniel Fisher-Livne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bible, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati
  • Rabbi Joshua Garroway, Ph.D., Sol and Arlene Bronstein Professor of Judaeo-Christian Studies, Professor of Early Christianity and Second Commonwealth, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles