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Joel M. Hoffman
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Education

  • PhD in Theoretical Linguistics: University of Maryland at College Park, 1991-6.
  • Visiting MS student in Computer Science: Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, 1989-90.
  • BA (Summa Cum Laude with departmental honors): Brandeis University, 1986-9.

Representative Academic Lectures

  • Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium: "Identifying, Understanding and Translating the Metaphors of a Dead Language." Invited Lecture.
  • Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York Campus: "The Origins of the Tetragrammaton." Faculty Seminar presentation.
  • Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv, Israel: "Biliteral Roots in Tiberian and Modern Hebrew."
  • Tromsoe University, Tromsoe, Norway: "On Adverb Placement and Adjunction Sites." Invited Lecture.
  • University of Manchester, Manchester, England: "The Behavior of Strong and Weak Verbs in Modern and Tiberian Hebrew." Invited Lecture.
  • Szeged, Hungary: "Two Types of Paratactic Word-Order Variation." Part of First International Conference of Eastern-European Languages.
  • National University of Comahue, Neuquen, Argentina: "The History of Hebrew and the Revival of Ancient Hebrew to form Modern Hebrew." Guest lecture.

Representative Popular Classes and Lectures

  • Birmingham, AL: "The Bible Doesn't Say That."
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands: "The Alphabet Story."
  • Toronto, Ontario: "The Mystery and Majesty of the Dead Sea Scrolls."
  • Monterey, CA: "What Did Jesus Quote?"
  • Poughkeepsie, NY: "The Inside Scoop on Israel."
Representative Educator-Training Workshops
  • Detroit, MI: "Balancing Curriculum and Ambiance." Moreh L'Morim education conference. (Follow-up Resources.)
  • San Francisco, CA: "This Is Your Brain On Hebrew." RAVSAK Leadership Conference. (Handouts: English / Hebrew)
  • Mexico City, MX: Tzipiyot, Hesegim, Ufotentzial ("Expectations, Accomplishments, and Potential") Keynote address at international symposium on teaching Hebrew in Jewish day schools run by the Jewish Agency. (Handout.)
  • Washington University, St. Louis, MO: Keynote speaker and teacher at CAJE 32. (Handouts.)
  • Jackson, MS. Invited speaker at ISJL's educator conference. (Handouts and Resources.)
Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Experience
  • Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. Adjunct Faculty.
  • Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York City. Adjunct Faculty.
  • Academy of Jewish Religion, New York City. Adjunct Faculty.
  • National University of Comahue, General Roca, Argentina. Guest Lecturer.

Books and Columns

  • And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible's Original Meaning. 2010 from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press. (More information/order....)
  • In The Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language. Hardcover 2004, paperback 2006 from NYU Press. (More information/order....)
     
  • Chief translator and contributing essayist for We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism, ed. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, 2012 from Jewish Lights Publishing. (More information/order....)
  • Chief translator and contributing essayist for Who by Fire, Who by Water, ed. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, 2010 from Jewish Lights Publishing. (More information/order....)
  • Chief translator for My People's Passover Haggadah, Volumes I-II, ed. Dr. David Arnow and Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, 2008 from Jewish Lights Publishing. (More information/order....)
  • Chief translator for My People's Prayerbook: Shabbat Morning, ed. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, 2007 from Jewish Lights Publishing. (More information/order....)
  • Chief translator for My People's Prayerbook: Welcoming the Night ed. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, 2005 from Jewish Lights Publishing. (More information/order....)
  • Chief translator for My People's Prayerbook: Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat in the Synagogue), ed. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, 2004 from Jewish Lights Publishing. (More information/order....)
  • Chief translator for My People's Prayerbook: Shabbat At Home, ed. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, 2003 from Jewish Lights Publishing. (More information/order....)
  • Chief translator for My People's Prayerbook: Tachanun and Concluding Prayers, ed. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, 2002 from Jewish Lights Publishing. (More information/order....)
  • Chief translator for My People's Prayerbook: Birkhot HaShachar (Morning Blessings), ed. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, 2001 from Jewish Lights Publishing. (More information/order....)
  • Chief translator for My People's Prayerbook: Seder K'riat Hatorah (Shabbat Torah Service), ed. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, 2000 from Jewish Lights Publishing. (More information/order....)
  • Chief translator for My People's Prayerbook: P'sukei D'zimrah (Morning Psalms), ed. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, 199 from Jewish Lights Publishing. (More information/order....)
  • Chief translator for My People's Prayerbook: The Amidah, ed. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, 1998 from Jewish Lights Publishing. (More information/order....)
  • Chief translator for My People's Prayerbook: The Sh'ma And Its Blessings, ed. Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, 1997 from Jewish Lights Publishing. (More information/order....)
  • Glamour of the Grammar, biweekly column on Hebrew in the Jerusalem Post. (Read online....)

Other Teaching Experience
Adult Education:

  • Frequent scholar in residence. Topics include:
    • The Bible Doesn't Say That.
    • The Mystery and Majesty of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
    • What did Jesus Quote?
    • The Alphabet Story.
    • Four Exiles and Four Spiritual Revolutions.
    • How do We Know What the Ancient Words Mean?
    • The Inside Scoop on Israel.
    • and more.
  • Frequent lecturer at lay conferences, including:
    • Limmud: Warwick University, Coventry, England. Invited lecturer.
    • CAJE 31: Duke University, Durham, NC. Invited speaker.
    • CAJE 32: Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Keynote speaker.
    • CAJE 33: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. Conference chair.
High School:
  • Vassar Temple, Poughkeepsie, NY. Director of Education.
  • Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Croton, NY. Director of Education.
  • Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford, NY. Resident Scholar.
  • Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, New York City. Teacher and program coordinator.
  • Woodlands Community Synagogue, White Plains, NY. Teacher.
  • Prozdor program at Hebrew College, Boston, MA. Teacher and curriculum consultant.
  • Temple Shir Tikvah, MA. Teacher.
Grade School:
  • Vassar Temple, Poughkeepsie, NY. Director of Education.
  • Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Croton, NY. Director of Education: Grades K-12.
  • Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford, NY. Resident Scholar. Teach Grade 6. Design and lead weekly worship for grades 4-6.
  • Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, New York City. Teach Grades 3 and 6. Design and lead weekly services for grades 3-6.
  • Temple Beth El, Sudbury, MA. Teach Grade 6.

Consulting
Frequent consultant to supplemental and day schools, including schools in:

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • West Palm Beach, Florida
  • New York City

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