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News at HUC-JIR
  • Rabbi David Ellenson, Dr. Deborah Lipstadt and Dr. Ernestine Schlant Bradley Discuss Impact of Holocaust on Western Thought and Culture – November 29, 2007, at Manhattan JCC
    The Holocaust profoundly impacted Jewish history and community and also fundamentally changed the wider culture in areas such as literature, history and philosophy. Purchase Tickets Here.
  • Sandie Mills Named Director of Finance and Accounting, HUC-JIR
    "With 20 years of not-for-profit experience, we look forward to Sandie Mills's expertise and guidance," said Gary Bockelman, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at HUC-JIR.
  • ISJO Names Program Associate
    Jay Golden has joined the Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation and the Jeff Herman Virtual Resource Center as Program Associate.
    Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
  • The Bonnie & Daniel Tisch Fellows Program Presents Rabbi Larry Hoffman, Ph.D.
    Rabbi Hoffman will speak on the changing rhetoric of Jewish responsibility to the HUC-JIR/NY Community, on November 20, 2007, at 10:45 a.m.
  • Bill Cutter to Speak on Healing and the Jewish Imagination, with Rachel Adler at JCC Library of LA
    Cutter and Adler will lead a discussion Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. They will lead a discussion based on their scholarship about Judaism, health, and healing.
    Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
    Research Resources
  • A Touch of the Sacred: A Theologian's Informal Guide to Jewish Belief by Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz & Frances W. Schwartz Published by Jewish Lights
    For the first time, Dr. Borowitz, Professor of Education and Jewish Religious Thought at HUC-JIR/NY, opens his heart and mind to talk about the mix of faith and doubt, of knowing and not-knowing – the elements of Jewish belief – in an easily accessible style.
  • Trialogue: Jews, Christians, And Muslims in Dialogue
    Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR/LA, along with Leonard Swidler and Khalid Duran, presents faith traditions and the challenges and possibilities for 'trialogue.'
    HUC-JIR in the News
  • Dismay Grows Among U.S., Israeli Jews Over Expressions of Intolerance and Bigotry – Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
    Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President, reported the Orthodox rabbinate has been silent with regard to Rabbi Eliyahu's attack. "Were Orthodox and other Jewish voices to be raised in protest against those obscene thoughts and deeds, it would truly be an act of decency that would sanctify God's name."
  • New Jewish Reform Prayer Book Broadens its Approach – From Religion News Service
    "Our prayer book reflects our identity," said Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, a professor of liturgy at HUC-JIR/NY, who worked on the Siddur.
  • Congregation Writes Torah, With Help From a Scribe – New York Times
    Ammiel Hirsch, the senior rabbi of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, told the congregation that "our expectation is that every single one of us will participate in some way in drafting this Torah," honoring the 613th and final commandment, in Deuteronomy, interpreted to mean that Jews must write a Torah.
  • Historical Perspective: Taking a look at Terre Haute and the Industrial Removal Office – From the Tribune-Star
    The role of Rabbi Emile Leipziger, HUC 1900, and Rabbi Elias Margolis, HUC 1901, in the settlement of Jewish immigrants from metropolitan port cities on the eastern seaboard to communities in America's interior in Terre Haute, which was among the 221 cities benefiting from the Industrial Removal Office.
  • Reform Jews Build Ties Across Ocean – JTA
    HUC-JIR alumni visit Central and Eastern European Reform communities.
  • Second-Class? Not Those Glamorous Gals of Yore! – Philadelphia Jewish Exponent
    Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/LA, said that the pivotal roles played by some biblical women -- including ruling queens and prophets -- are often too important to believe that the biblical authors and redactors considered women somehow inferior or second-class citizens.
  • Cantor Roslyn Barak celebrates 20 years at Emanu-El – Jewish News Weekly
    With her conservatory-trained voice, Barak brought a level of high musicianship to her post.
  • Rabbi Gives Cupid a Nudge with JDate – USA Today
    The need is there, Rabbi Donald Weber said, because the American Jewish population has declined in recent decades, with about half of American Jews marrying outside the religion, according to widely reported national surveys.
  • Installation of Senior Cantor at Westchester Reform Temple –
    Cantor Abramson's commitment to social justice work has led her to teach English in Indonesia and to direct a choir of Israeli and Arab teenagers in Israel.
  • Divine Coupling – The San Mateo County Times
    Micah Citrin is one of four rabbis at the Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, and Karen Citrin is associate rabbi at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo. They are a part of a slowly growing population of clergy couples in San Mateo County who balance the burden of their congregations with married life.
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