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News at HUC-JIR
  • HUC-JIR Faculty and Administration at the URJ/WRJ Biennial Conventions
    HUC-JIR faculty and administration will be featured in numerous sessions at the URJ and WRJ conventions in San Diego, December 12-16, 2007. Highlights include presentations by Barbara Friedman, Chair, HUC-JIR Board of Governors, Rabbi David Ellenson, Dr. Norman Cohen, and scholars-in-residence Dr. Rachel Adler, Rabbi Sam Joseph, Dr. David Levine, and Dr. Aaron Panken, alumni Shabbat study with Dr. Reuven Firestone, recruitment workshops, and the HUC-JIR exhibit in the resource mall.
  • Women's Torah Commentary to Debut at Biennial
    The Torah: A Women's Commentary, edited by Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Rabbi Andrea Weiss, both of HUC-JIR's faculty, will debut at the Joint URJ/WRJ plenary session.
    Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
  • Fiorello's Sister: Gemma La Guardia Gluck's Story – Reception, Lecture, and Book Signing at HUC-JIR/NY Museum, December 12, 5:30 pm
    The Nazi imprisonment of the sister of New York Mayor La Guardia during the Second World War, and her experiences as a displaced person in Berlin after the war, will be discussed by Rochelle G. Saidel, guest curator and author of Fiorello's Sister: Gemma La Guardia Gluck's Story. Cosponsored with the Jewish Women's Archive and Remember the Women Institute.
    Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
    Research Resources
  • Upcoming Events and Programs at the Jerusalem Campus
    The HUC-JIR/Jerusalem community will feature a Festive Hanukkah Candle Lighting for Students and Faculty on Monday, December 10th. On December 20th, HUC-JIR Cantorial students will present a concert: Melodies and Prayers, featuring liturgical songs and art songs in Yiddish and Ladino.
    HUC-JIR in the News
  • Eco-Kashrut Supporters Turn Their Attention to Kosher Meat – Jerusalem Post
    Gersh Lazerow, a fourth-year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR/New York, hopes to become a shochet to combine his liberal values with Jewish tradition. "I think kashrut has value to modern progressive Jewish practice," he says.
  • 'Wake-Up Call' For The Denominations – Jewish Week
    There should be a "wake-up call" to the major denominations of Judaism, which have seen drops in their membership levels over the last several decades, says Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, a faculty member at the HUC-JIR and senior academic fellow of the Synagogue 3000 research institute. "While initially somewhat more concentrated in New York, Los Angeles and other areas of high Jewish residential concentration than elsewhere, they have spread throughout the U.S. and Canada," the report states.
  • Study Looks Beyond Shul – Forward
    Sociologist Steven M. Cohen, who led the study, argued that even without being able to gauge the total number of participants in these groups, the demographic profile of the participants themselves was significant. "These are young, nonmarried adults. They don't join synagogues," he said. "So the fact that they're showing up at all is surprising."
  • HUC-JIR Honors Schwartz at Fundraiser – American Israelite (PDF)
    Over 400 supporters, colleagues, friends, students, and faculty of HUC-JIR gathered to honor Ted Schwartz's civic and philanthropic leadership.
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