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  • Israel President Shimon Peres Awarded Dr. Bernard Heller Prize by HUC-JIR; Praises Reform Judaism's Modernity and Fidelity to Torah
    "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 Ordained at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
    Five Progressive Israeli rabbis were ordained at HUC-JIR's Academic Convocation on November 2, 2007, in Jerusalem. Newly ordained Nir Barkin, Silvana Kandel, Moshe Navon, Ishai Ron, and Tanya Segal exemplify the growing impact of Progressive Judaism among young Israelis and their quest for authentic Jewish expression.
  • Professor Eliezer Schweid and Rabbi Paul (Shaul) R. Feinberg Awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by HUC-JIR; Honorary Degrees Bestowed Upon Rabbi Walter J. Zanger and David Kurz; Honorary Medallions Presented to Rabbi Henry F. Skirball and Dr. Jonathan D. Safren
    Honorary degrees and awards were presented to distinguished individuals in recognition of their scholarship, teaching, commitment to bettering society, and service to the Jewish People at the Academic Convocation at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem.
  • Gerard Daniel Awarded Honorary Doctorate by HUC-JIR
    "Gerard Daniel, together with his beloved partner Ruth, z"l, have been among the founding parents of Liberal Judaism in Israel, strengthening the Reform Movement and contributing to its vitality and growth with boundless energy and enthusiasm," said the citation presented by Rabbi Ellenson.
  • David Harman Inducted onto HUC-JIR Board of Governors and as Chair of HUC-JIR Jerusalem Board of Overseers
    In announcing Harman's new leadership role, Rabbi Ellenson said, "Dr. David Harman is one of the foremost educators in Israel, and has long been an outspoken advocate of pluralism and tolerance in Israel."
  • Natan Sharansky Meets with Boards of Governors and Overseers of HUC-JIR to Mark 40th Anniversary of the Soviet Jewish Struggle for Freedom
    During his address, Sharansky noted that "fighting for the Jewish people and the interests of the State of Israel is fighting for the interests of the free world – for democracy, human rights, and freedom."
    HUC-JIR in the News
  • Interview with Rabbi David Ellenson in Ynet
    A conversation with Rabbi Ellenson on the occasion of the HUC-JIR/Jerusalem ordination; Please note, article is in Hebrew.
  • Ask... The Rabbi and Author – Philadelphia Inquirer
    As a spiritual leader and educator, Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen strives to find innovative ways to impart her love for Judaism and its ancient traditions.
  • Twice Blessed – Jewish News of Greater Phoenix
    Rabbi Richard F. Address, director of the URJ's department on Jewish Family Concerns, along with psychiatrist Joel Kushner, Director of the Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation at HUC-JIR, and Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman, then a rabbinical student at HUC-JIR, edited the book, the second edition of "Kulanu: All of Us, A Program and Resource Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Inclusion."
    Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
  • Dr. Michael A. Meyer to Lecture at Hunter College, NY, November 16, 11 a.m.
    Dr. Meyer, Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, will talk on 'From Nazi Germany to Newark, New Jersey: The Extraordinary Career of Joachim Prinz.' Meyer recently edited and introduced Prinz's autobiography.
  • Dr. Dvora Weisberg to Speak on November 11 at HUC-JIR/LA
    Dr. Weisberg, Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature, HUC-JIR/LA, will speak on 'Between the Living and the Dead: Levirate Marriage and Family in Ancient Judaism.'
    Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
    Research Resources
  • Davar Aher, Writings by the Community of HUC-JIR Now Available On-line
    For the first time, the student publication Davar Aher: A Different View is available on the HUC-JIR website. (FlashPaper)
  • The Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics Fourth Annual Conference will be held at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, January 6, 2008.
    The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health and HUC-JIR's Center for the Study of Contemporary Moral Problems are sponsors of this conference, designed to broaden and deepen biomedical conversation in Jewish life and to create models of cooperation across the spectrum of Jewish practice.
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