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  • HUC-JIR/LA Receives Refurbishment Grant From Real Estate Principals Organization of Jewish Federation of Greater LA
    A delegation from the Dr. Andrew Cushnir, Senior Vice President of Planning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles', along with the Real Estate Principals Organization of the Jewish Federations's Real Estate and Construction Division attended brought great news to the HUC-JIR/Los Angeles Board of Overseers Retreat on September 17, 2007, where they were acknowledged for their generous grant of presented the Los Angeles campus with a check for $50,000 to refurbish the classroom wing of the campus.
  • Jewish Community Foundation Names First Two Buchalter Student Award Recipients
    The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles announced that it has chosen Deborah Tehrani and Nadine Zysman to receive the first Stuart Buchalter Distinguished Student Awards. Tehrani, who won $20,000, is beginning her second year in a joint program of HUC-JIR's SJCS and USC's School of Policy, Planning and Development.
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  • Her Story: Traveling Judy Chicago Show Spotlights The Identities That Shape And Inform Her Work
    A traveling show, Judy Chicago: Jewish Identity emphasizes the impulses and inspirations of Judy Cohen Gerowitz's Jewish, socialist, middle-class upbringing, making it a site-specific argument for presentation at the Jewish Museum and its originating venue, HUC-JIR/NY.
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  • The LA Story Opens at HUC-JIR/NY Museum with Artist's Reception and Panel Discussion October 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    This exhibition, a selection of work from ten contemporary Los Angeles Jewish artists who have formed the Jewish Artists Initiative of Southern California, investigates the impact of place and the search for artistic community on the creativity of artists who share a religious, cultural and spiritual heritage. The LA Story is made possible by the support of Steven Fogel, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, and the Angell Foundation.
  • Visions of Israel: Marvin Rand Reception Tuesday, October 23 at HUC-JIR/LA
    HUC-JIR/LA showcases the work of Los Angeles-based photographer Marvin Rand and will hold an artist's reception on October 23, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.
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  • Progressive Jews Organize – Philadelphia Jewish Voice
    Esther Lederman, a fifth-year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR/NY, is interning with the Industrial Areas Foundation. "Because of organizing, I'm going to be a better rabbi, who will cultivate more leaders in our community," she says. "Imagine what it will look like when a new generation of rabbis is ready to challenge our congregations to act effectively for justice."
  • Judaism is Nation, Not Just a Faith Community
    The historic bargain linking American Jewry and Israel since the founding of the state is coming to an end. That conclusion emerges from a recent study published by HUC-JIR's Steven Cohen and Ari Kelman. They found that, among American Jews, indifference to Israel is "giving way to downright alienation."
  • Fasting Ritual Common Among Faiths – Columbia Missourian
    Even among American Jews – where much concern has been focused on declining religiosity rates – fasting on Yom Kippur has increased slightly in popularity in the last 10 years, according to a report by Steven M. Cohen, research professor of Jewish social policy at HUC-JIR.
  • Zaka's Meshi-Zahav vs. Civil Rights Fighter Hoffman – Jerusalem Post
    For Anat Hoffman, a Reform Jew, public service is rooted in the tradition of the great prophet Yeshayahu, who preached justice and equality. "Not a family tour focused on yourself and your own, but something big, much bigger than yourself, a mission of your conscience, something that burns into your bones and drives you beyond yourself."
  • New Rabbi Brings Knowledge, Excitement – Nevada Appeal
    For Anne Persin, coming to the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation as its new rabbi was "bashert" for her and the congregation. Persin did her rabbinical studies at HUC-JIR (C, ''03). During her time there she served congregations in Billings, Mont., Clarkesdale, Miss. and Warsaw, Poland. She also served in Littleton, Colo., during the Columbine school shootings.
  • JNF Names Stanley M. Chesley, Emeritus Chair of HUC-JIR/Cincinnati Board of Overseers, as New President –
    The Jewish National Fund (JNF) announced that long-time board member Stanley M. Chesley of Cincinnati, OH, was elected the next president of the organization.
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