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Scholars in Residence Weekend with Rabbi Vanessa Ochs and Dr. Peter Ochs

We are thrilled to welcome Rabbi Vanessa Ochs and Dr. Peter Ochs for a unique weekend of learning as we explore the spiritual and intellectual spectrum of ritual, theology, and science.

Community Shabbat Dinner with Scholar in Residence Rabbi Vanessa Ochs

Friday, November 17 @ 7:45 PM 

Join Shabbat Scholar in Residence Rabbi Vanessa Ochs as she shares her presentation about new Jewish rituals in a time of challenge.


The Journey of Torah, Science and Prayer with Dr. Peter Ochs

Saturday, November 18 @ 4:00 PM

Enjoy an afternoon of learning and Havdalah with Shabbat Scholar in Residence Dr. Peter Ochs as we go through a journey of Torah, science, and prayer.


Rabbi Vanessa Ochs, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, teaches rabbinical students at Hebrew Union College as the Rabbi Sally Preisand Visiting Professor. Her books include The Passover Haggadah: A Biography, Inventing Jewish Ritual, Sarah Laughed, The Jewish Dream Book (With Elizabeth Ochs), Words on Fire, and Safe and Sound

Dr. Peter Ochs is Edgar Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies Emeritus at the University of Virginia, where he co-directed the UVA Research Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Conflict. Among his publications are 15 books and 250 essays in Jewish philosophy, Jewish prayer, pragmatism and semiotics, the logic of scripture, religion and conflict, comparative Abrahamic scriptural traditions, and Jewish-Christian-Muslim theological dialogue. Among his books are Breaking the Tablets: Jewish Theology After the Shoah (written by David Weiss Halivni and edited by Dr. Ochs); Understanding the Rabbinic Mind; Textual Reasonings; Peirce, Pragmatism and the Logic of Scripture; and Religion Without Violence: The Practice and Philosophy of Scriptural Reasoning.