University of Virginia


Vanessa Ochs is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies and a core member of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Virginia. She researches new Jewish ritual, Jewish feminism, the Passover Haggadah, and Jewish material culture.

Ochs received her PhD from Drew University and has since taught at Yale University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Colgate University, among others.

Selected publications

  • Inventing Jewish Ritual (Jewish Publication Society, 2007)
  • Sarah Laughed (McGraw-Hill, 2004)



Devoted to the home, and seeking to advance research that will shed light on this most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life.