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  • President Shimon Peres to be Awarded Dr. Bernard Heller Prize by HUC-JIR/Jerusalem November 2
    "President Shimon Peres's lifelong devoted leadership of the State of Israel and vision for a peaceful future in the Middle East are a source of inspiration and hope," said Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President. "It is a privilege to honor his distinguished statecraft and commitment to the values of our tradition with the Dr. Bernard Heller Prize."
  • Five Progressive Rabbis to be Ordained at Academic Convocation at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem November 2
    Five new rabbis for the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism exemplify the growing impact of Progressive Judaism among young Israelis and their quest for authentic Jewish expression. Also, Eliezer Schweid, Dr. Paul R. Feinberg, Walter J. Zanger, David Kurz, Jonathan D. Safren, and Henry F. Skirball will receive honorary doctorates.
  • Ruth Messinger at HUC-JIR/NY Discussing Crisis in Darfur
    Rabbinical, cantorial, and education students at HUC-JIR/New York heard a talk by Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service, on "Bearing Witness: Crisis in Darfur," Tuesday, October 23, 2007.
  • Dr. Haim Rechnitzer Named HUC Celebration of Teaching 2007 Award Honoree
    This award, sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities, is given annually to faculty selected from among the GCCCU member institutions.
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  • New School Year, New Stories: blogHUC
    Learn what the next generation of Jewish professionals is thinking and doing by logging on to blogHUC. You'll find the entries of ten students representing all the schools and programs of HUC-JIR.
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  • New Chairman of the Jewish Federation: I'm 'Gonna Make it Relevant' – Jewish Journal
    "There is no one in the world who has a more visceral attachment to the Jewish people, the State of Israel and Jewish values than Stanley Gold," said Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR
  • Atheistic Denomination Struggles to Fill Void Left by Founder's Death – Forward
    Humanistic Judaism "was born at a time when belief in God may have been more central and more controversial within Jewish society, and even American society," said Steven M. Cohen, a research professor of Jewish social policy at HUC-JIR.
  • Interfaith Panel Wrestles with Troubling Texts: Will the Real 'Chosen' Please Rise? – Jewish Journal
    "The real origin of chosenness has to do with the structure of tribalism in general," said professor Reuven Firestone, director of the Institute for the study of Jewish-Muslim interrelations at HUC-JIR.
  • Dr. Steven Windmueller, Dean, HUC-JIR/LA in the Journal of Jewish Communal Service
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    Dr. Windmueller discusses the "fundamental restructuring of the American Jewish community."
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  • Theodore L. Schwartz will be honored by HUC-JIR at its 25th annual Cincinnati Associate Tribute Dinner on Nov. 18
    A businessman and philanthropist, Schwartz will be recognized for his commitment to civic and educational organizations, and for the enduring support he has provided HUC-JIR. Schwartz is a member of the Board of Governors of HUC-JIR and has been a distinguished member of the Board of Overseers at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati since 1979.
  • Peachy Levy: Threads of Judaism at HUC-JIR/NY Museum; Artist's Reception November 7, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Noted Los Angeles textile artist Peachy Levy is inspired by Judaism's tradition, practices, and the beauty of Hebrew texts: the connective tissue of the Jewish people and its history.
  • Dr. Dvora Weisberg to Speak on November 11 at HUC-JIR/LA
    Dr. Weisberg will speak on Sunday, November 11, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Frances-Henry Library at HUC-JIR/LA to celebrate Jewish Book Month.
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