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  • To Talk, or Not To Talk, from the New York Sun, by Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President
    While the appearances President Ahmadinejad made at both Columbia University and the United Nations dominated press reports last week, there was another meeting at a chapel across from the General Assembly that the Iranian president held last week – one that got reported in a way that needs correction in the dialog in this city. I feel obliged as one who was approached and declined to attend this meeting to offer an explanation as to why I, and no doubt others, instinctively rejected an invitation to " interfaith dialogue" with Mr. Ahmadinejad.
  • Rabbi Ellenson Comments on New Reform Prayer Book – Jewish Week and JTA
    "There is no question that this represents a move towards tradition in the Reform movement," said Rabbi David Ellenson, the president of HUC-JIR.
  • Klau Library Groundbreaking at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati
    Leaders of the Cincinnati community joined faculty, students, administration, and members of the Boards of Governors and Overseers of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion at the groundbreaking for the $11.5 million renovation of the Klau Library on Monday, September 24, 2007.
  • Non-Orthodox Rabbis Petition High Court – Jerusalem Post
    The Reform movement in Israel on Tuesday petitioned the High Court of Justice, demanding that the state appoint a female rabbi as the official spiritual leader of the Reform congregation of Birkat Shalom in Kibbutz Gezer.
  • HUC-JIR/LA Board of Overseers Members Dedicate Sukkah with Artist Peachy Levy
    A new sukkah, with decorative panels created by Peachy Levy, was dedicated on September 25. Levy is LA's spring 2007 artist-in-residence and her work is also on view at the HUC-JIR/NY museum through January 27, 2007
    Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
    Research Resources
  • Days of Awe in Japan
    HUC-JIR student Rachael Bregman's blog about her High Holy Day experiences on a military base in Japan.
  • Dr. Joel L. Kushner Publishes Days of Awe: Turning to Do Good
    Dr. Kushner is Director of HUC-JIR's Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation.
    Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
  • Project Kesher: Women and Jewish Renaissance in Ukraine at HUC-JIR/NY Museum, Opening Reception October 11
    Internationally acclaimed photographer Joan Roth presents her most recent body of work: her 2007 photo essay portraying Jewish women in the CIS who are reclaiming their Jewish heritage and promoting social activism through the work of Project Kesher.
  • Cantors' Cabaret: Cantors Sing Broadway, Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m. at HUC-JIR/NY (PDF format)
    Join Cantors Daniel Singer, Claire Franco, Rebecca Garfein, and Howard Stahl and cantorial student Jennifer Strauss-Klein for a light-hearted tribute to the Broadway theatre, to benefit HUC-JIR's School of Sacred Music Scholarship Fund.
  • Jewish College Students to Attend Climate Change: Judaism and Global Warming, the HUC-JIR Religious Action Center Weekend, October 12-14, 2007
    Study sessions and social activities are designed specifically for undergraduate students and will focus on religious, social, political, and environmental concerns.
  • Reminder: Academy for Adult Interfaith Studies Begins Classes Next Week
    HUC-JIR in the News
  • Federation to Tap Gold as Next Board Chair – Jewish Journal
    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' board named Stanley P. Gold as its next chair. Gold is the former Chair of HUC-JIR's Board of Governors.
  • Rabbi Beth Nichols on the 'Half -Jewish' Conundrum – Jewish Week
    Rabbi Nichols, an alumna of RHSOE '05 and LA '07, writes about the charged issues of intermarriage and religious identity, special to the Jewish Week. Rabbi Nichols currently serves as Assistant Rabbi at Temple Israel of New Rochelle, NY.
  • The Jews Invent Vowels – Jerusalem Post
    Dr. Joel M. Hoffman of HUC-JIR/NY writes, "Roughly 3,000 years ago, in and around the area we now call Israel, a group of people who may have called themselves ivri, and whom we call variously 'Hebrews,' 'Israelites,' or more colloquially but less accurately 'Jews,' began an experiment in writing that would change the world."
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