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  • Debbie Friedman Joins Faculty of HUC-JIR
    Debbie Friedman, world-renowned folk songwriter and performer, has been appointed Instructor in Music at the School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, as of July 1, 2007.
  • Rabbi Tali E. Hyman Appointed Instructor in Jewish Education at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles
    A lecturer at HUC-JIR since July 2006, Rabbi Hyman received an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles (2000), and was ordained as a rabbi at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles (2002).
  • L.A. Community Mikveh and Education Center Supported by HUC-JIR's Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health and Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation (PDF format)
    Development has begun for the pioneering L.A. Community Mikveh and Education Center, a pluralistic community mikveh.
  • Rabbi David E. Stern Endowed Scholarship Established at HUC-JIR
    Rabbi David Ellenson formally announced the creation of the Rabbi David E. Stern Endowed Scholarship at a congregational ceremony at Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, Texas, on Friday, April 20th.
  • Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Honors Dallas Resident Donald J. Stone
    HUC-JIR honored its longtime supporter, Donald J. Stone at a dinner on Saturday, April 21, 2007, at the Westin Park Central hotel in Dallas.
    HUC-JIR in the News
  • Until ignorance divides us –
    Rabbi David Ellenson, Chancellor Arnie Eisen, and Rabbi David Hartman's Visit with Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, from Haaretz
  • From JTA: "Popular Singer Teaches Reform Cantors"
    When singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman steps in front of the class at the Reform movement's cantorial school this fall, she'll be crossing more than a physical threshold.
  • Voice Of Reform Prayer – The Jewish Week
    In a sign that her music is now fully accepted, Debbie Friedman has joined the faculty at HUC's School of Sacred Music.
  • From JTA's Breaking News: Joint Leadership Institute Awarded $1.9 Million by UJA-Federation of New York
    The Leadership Institute for Congregational School Principals, a joint project of HUC-JIR and JTS, was awarded $1.9 million by UJA-Federation of New York.
  • From the Miami Herald: A Review of HUC's The Art of Aging
    The exhibition centers on aging as a grand continuum filtered through Jewish values, charting the topography of the heart and the tricks of time and memory.
  • Rabbi Flies to US to Preach Aliya: From the Jerusalem Post
    Rabbi Kinneret Shiryon, spiritual leader of Kehillat Yozma, Modi'in's Reform congregation, encourages Reform Americans to make aliya.
  • Jewish Women's Encyclopedia Released, from JTA's Breaking News
    "A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia of Jewish Women" was launched Thursday at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. It was put out by Shalvi Publications and sponsored by the Jewish Women's Archive.
  • Reimagining the Future of the Jewish People, From the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
    After the destruction of the Second Temple two millennia ago, a group of scholars came together to discuss the nature of Judaism in a post-Temple world. "Jews and Judaism in the 21st Century: Human Responsibility, the Presence of God and the Future of the Covenant," edited by Valley Beth Shalom's (VBS) Rabbi Edward Feinstein, presents the best of the four days of lectures and dialogues by Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and other prominent Rabbis.
    Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
  • HUC-JIR/New York Museum Features Susan Dehan Felix Exhibit
    Flamed Earth: The Ritual Objects of Susan Dehan Felix will be on display at the HUC-JIR/NY Museum through August 31, 2007. Felix is a Jewish feminist ceramicist.
  • Summer Institute for Synagogue Musicians at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati Campus, July 29-August 2
    Mifgash Musicale, a joint program of URJ and HUC-JIR, is designed for synagogue musicians who want to engage in more in-depth study of ligurgy and repertoire for the High Holy Days, cantillation, nusach, and choral conducting.
    Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
    Research Resources
  • HUC-JIR Library Announces New Homepages
    These pages are the culmination of a redesign process which began last spring with a usability study under the direction of Sheryl Stahl, the Library Webmaster. Library staff interviewed students and faculty on the three stateside campuses to learn how we might redesign the site to better serve our users needs.
  • Mediation With the Past: Khan al-Hilu in Lod - A Community-Based Archaeological Project
    The excavations at Khan al-Hilu are part of a larger project to conserve and preserve the ancient city of Lod, an attempt to vitalize the area and attract tourists from Israel and abroad. The overall project, headed by Dr. Alon Shavit of "Genesis - The Israel Institute of Archaeology," is financed by the Israel Ministry of Tourism and the Government Tourist Corporation. The excavations at the Khan are directed by Dr. Yuval Gadot and Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman on behalf of The Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at the Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem.
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