Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series features Jewish history professor Joshua Holo

Joshua Holo is dean and associate professor of Jewish History at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles.

Jewish Federation of St. Louiswill welcome Joshua Holo for the next event in the Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Federation building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. 

Holo is dean and associate professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. He will discuss the Golden Age of Jewish Spain in a lecture, “What’s So Golden?”  Emerging from a complicated and often contentious world of religious communities and ideas, he says this Golden Age produced some of the greatest Jewish philosophers, writers, poets, scientists and physicians, who have shaped our history indelibly. Holo will explore the era and its far-reaching impact.

Prior to his deanship, Holo directed the Louchheim School of Judaic Studies, through which HUC-JIR serves as the Jewish Studies Program for its neighbor and partner institution, the University of Southern California. Holo’s publications focus on Medieval Jews of the Mediterranean, particularly in the Christian realm. His book, “Byzantine Jewry in the Mediterranean Economy,” was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. Holo’s teaching spans the Bible and medieval Jewish history as literature, particularly the great Biblical commentators.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Barbara Levin at [email protected] or 314-442-3752. Learn more about the Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series and apply for an organization’s speaker to be featured at

This event is co-sponsored by Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series and the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library. Sh’ma: Listen! is made possible through the support of the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and Hank Webber and Chris Jacobs. 

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