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  • Chanukah 5768, by Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President, HUC-JIR (PDF)
    While Chanukah contains a particular narrative about Jewish liberation from Greek tyranny, there is a more universal message about the struggle for justice and freedom from oppression that is appropriately drawn from this tale.
  • Erica S. Frederick Appointed Executive Vice President for Development
    Erica Frederick's next goal is to focus on Israel. "I am passionate about the College's Israel Rabbinical Program because I see extraordinary women and men whose decision to train at the College-Institute has been inspired by a vision of Israel in which they can practice and transmit a Judaism that is both compelling and contemporary. Today, secular Israelis are looking to find meaning in their lives, and these are the individuals whom I hope will one day become supporters of HUC-JIR."
  • Challenging Tradition, Young Jews Worship on Their Terms – New York Times
    A flowering of Jewish day schools in the 1980s produced a generation with a strong Jewish education and "the cultural wherewithal to create their own institutions," said Steven M. Cohen, a professor of sociology at HUC-JIR.
  • Philip E. Miller, PhD, A.M.L.S., Librarian of Klau Library at HUC-JIR/NY Lectures to Georgetown Students
    Miller delivered a lecture on Karaite Jews as the first in a series entitled Issues in Judaism, sponsored by the Jewish Civilization Programs at Georgetown University's Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service. The topic was the Karaites, their history and a brief outline of their beliefs and practices, as they differ from rabbinic Jews.
  • Rabbi Julie Pelc Speaks for Healthcare Reform
    Rabbi Pelc, Assistant Director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health, represented HUC-JIR on October 18 at a 48 hour vigil sponsored by CLUE (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice), speaking as a member of Jewish clergy in favor of Healthcare Reform.
  • Frances-Henry Library at HUC-JIR/LA Celebrates Jewish Book Month
    The Frances-Henry Library at HUC-JIR/LA celebrated the Jewish Book Month on Sunday, November 11, 2007. This annual event was sponsored by Friends of the Library and highlighted faculty research. Dvora Weisberg, Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature, discussed her upcoming book, "Between the Living and the Dead: Levirate Marriage and Family in Ancient Judaism," with students, faculty, and community members.
  • Pierre Schoenheimer, HUC-JIR/New York Board of Overseers Member, Funds Israel Seminar Series
    As part of their Israel Seminar, first-year rabbinical, cantorial and education students had the privilege of hearing Hayim Yavin, Israel's "Mr Television," and Israel Prize recipient discuss the changing role of the media in Israeli society.
    Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
    Research Resources
  • Dr. Gerald Bubis Speaks at Brandeis
    Earlier this month, Dr. Bubis spoke to the students, faculty, and community leaders at the Hornstein program at Brandeis University on changing trends in American Jewish organizational life. Dr. Bubis' book, The Director Had a Heart Attack and the President Resigned: Board-Staff Relations for the 21st Century, revised edition (iUniverse) features essays, real-life scenarios regarding governance, job descriptions, self-assessment tools, and other scenarios focused on how to govern synagogues, churches, and NGOs. It is now available on
  • Tracing the History of US Flags in American Sanctuaries – Dayton Jewish Observer
    Dr. Gary Zola – Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and associate professor of the American Jewish experience at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati – is researching the history of the U.S. flag in American Jewish sanctuaries.
    HUC-JIR in the News
  • Disney Titan Brings Tough Talk to West Coast Federation – Forward
    Stanley Gold's first foray into Jewish communal life was when, as a young entertainment lawyer, he joined the board of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
  • Michael Marmur in the Jerusalem Post
    There is a reason for this knee-jerk condemnation of any expression of Reform Judaism. It stems from the fear that any legitimacy given to non-Orthodox religious voices within the Jewish conversation will somehow weaken the basis of Judaism. The argument goes that if you read this and agree with it, mixed dancing and intermarriage cannot be far behind.
  • New Reform Prayer Book Reflects Changes In Movement – The Washington Post
    "It draws upon the whole breadth of Jewish tradition," said Rabbi Aaron Panken, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives of HUC-JIR. "It allows someone who is coming new to prayer in a Jewish context to read along and pull up a nugget here and there of something interesting to think about."
  • HUC-JIR Student Alysa Stanton Makes History – Salon Magazine
    Others who are religious historians will come to Hebrew Union College to study her efforts to become a rabbi and wonder how she was helped by her fellow students and faculty to achieve her position.
  • Rabbi Suzanne Singer Organized Interfaith Call to Action – Jewish Journal
    "Congregations tend to be good at doing a mitzvah day -- feed the hungry, clothing the poor -- and that's very important, but we also need to spend time addressing the root of the problem, so there are fewer hungry people, fewer poor people," said Rabbi Singer, the chair of Interfaith Call to Justice: LA 2007, an alum of HUC-JIR, and newly appointed Coordinator of Leadership Initiatives at HUC-JIR/LA.
  • Rabbi Robin Nafshi Helps Unveil Religious Proclamation for Animal Compassion
    Rabbi Nafshi extolled her fellow Jewish believers to take specific steps to end traditional religious practices that inflicted pain and suffering upon animals and she reminded everyone that kindness is not merely a virtue but a religious duty for all people of faith.
    Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
  • Rabbi David Ellenson to Convene Heschel Symposium December 9, 2007
    Rabbi Ellenson will convene and moderate the Heschel Symposium in New York, celebrating the centennial of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel's birth. A Legacy for the Future: Celebrating the Life and Teachings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel will be held at the Center for Jewish History.
  • School of Sacred Music Masters Series with Howard Shore: Tuesday, December 4 at 10:35 am in the Petrie Synagogue, HUC-JIR/NY
    Howard Shore will talk with Cantor Ruben about his Oscar-winning career and his approach to composition, as the composer of film scores for the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and for "The Departed," "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," and "Mrs. Doubtfire," and as the original music director and co-creator for "Saturday Night Live."
  • The 2007 Nussbaum Lecture at HUC-JIR/LA with Dr. Joshua Holo
    The ancient and ongoing question of who, what, is, and was a Jew. Sunday, December 9, 2007, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Temple Israel of Hollywood.
  • HUC-JIR/LA Event: Lunch and Learn with Artist-in-Residence Andrea Hodos
    Hodos will perform excerpts from her body of work during Moving Torah: Think with your body. Move with your mind.
  • HUC-JIR/Jerusalem Outreach Event on December 15, 2007 – Text Study with Rabbinical Student Lyle Rothman
    On November 27, 2007, 30 Hebrew University Students attended a Kesher-HUC-Saltz Lunch and Learn, where Rabbi Stacey Nolish Blank gave a lecture on "Is Reform Judaism Zionist?" The next Outreach Program will be on Dec 15 with a Text Study led by HUC-JIR Rabbinical Student Lyle Rothman in the Dormitories on Mount Scopus.
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