COC scholar to probe Torah, texting, tweeting

Congregation Or Chadash will host Leah Hochman, Ph.D., as scholar-in-residence Aug. 26-28.

Hochman is director of the Jerome H. Louchheim School of Judaic Studies at the University of Southern California and assistant professor of Jewish thought on the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew-Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She teaches classes on medieval Jewish thought, modern and contemporary Jewish literature and history, religious autobiography, Jewish ethics, American Judaism, and religion and food. She also directs a summer course that brings HUC-JIR students to Germany. She received her B.A. from Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University.

A potluck dinner will be held Friday, Aug. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Hochman will speak on “Beauty in Judaism” at the 6:30 p.m. Shabbat service.

On Saturday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m., she will present a text study on Re’eh during the Shabbat service. At 5 p.m., she will speak on “Torah, Texting and Tweeting.”

On Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9:40 a.m., she will lead a discussion on a topic of the participants’ choice.

For more information, call 512-8500.