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  • Rabbi Shena Potter Jaffee Appointed Regional Director of Admissions and Recruitment at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati
    Rabbi Shena Potter Jaffee has been appointed Regional Director of Admissions and Recruitment on the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR effective July 2007. In this role she joins the College-Institute's national admissions team, which recruits students for all of HUC-JIR's academic programs.
  • Five DeLeT Fellows Launched Into Careers as Day School Teachers Today
    These new day school teachers will join 30 other DeLeT alumni who are teaching in Jewish day schools and taking on leadership positions in Jewish education on both coasts and in the Midwest.
    Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
  • Year-In-Israel Activities Organized by HUC-JIR Students Interning at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
    Friday and Saturday, July 27-28 in Jerusalem, join students at: Shabbaton at Kibbutz Yagur, Shabbat at the Jerusalem Open House, and Havdallah & Movie Night.
    Sunday, 7:50am, join the Daily Minyan.
  • 2009 Celebrations to Illuminate Lincoln's Lasting Impact on America
    Dr. Gary P. Zola, Executive Director of HUC-JIR's Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, and Associate Professor of the American Jewish Experience at HUC-JIR, has been appointed to serve on the national Advisory Committee of the Congressionally recognized Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. 2009 will mark the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, a man who many historians have called America's greatest president.
    Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
    Research Resources
  • Rare American Reform Liturgies Available on the HUC-JIR Website
    The HUC-JIR Library has the world's largest collections of both antiquarian American Judaica and Reform liturgy. To increase access to our collection of rare and fragile American Reform Liturgies, the Library has begun to scan important works and post them on our website.
  • Photographer Donates Entire Collection to AJA at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati
    94-year-old Ben Rosen has given his entire photographic collection to HUC-JIR's The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) in Cincinnati.
    HUC-JIR in the News
  • Breaking News, From the History News Network, "110 Scholars & Jewish Leaders Urge Holocaust Museum to Change Exhibit"
    More than 100 Holocaust scholars and Jewish leaders - including Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR - have signed a petition urging the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to change its main exhibit so as to include acknowledgment of the 1940s Holocaust rescue activists known as the Bergson Group.
  • Obituary: Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine, 79; Founded Humanistic Judaism, From the L.A. Times
    "He had a contrarian nature where authority was concerned. He took God on right at the bat," recalled Alfred Gottschalk, a former classmate who later served as president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York for 24 years.
  • Humanistic Judaism Founder Killed In Crash, from the Jewish Week
    "He was a maverick. I have wonderful memories of him," said Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, former president of HUC and a classmate of Rabbi Wine.
  • "Renegade Artist", From the Jerusalem Post
    The just-announced appointment of the popular 55-year-old musician to the faculty of Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion's School of Sacred Music in New York is akin to official sanction of her folk-inspired, sing-along musical style, which has slowly but firmly embedded itself in Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative congregations nationwide.
  • Debbie Friedman to Teach Reform Cantors, from the Jewish Journal
    Friedman's appointment is being heralded as an official stamp of approval of her style of contemporary music. School officials say it already is taught alongside traditional chazzanut, or cantorial music, at the seminary.
  • Singer, Sung, An Opera Based on 'Gimpel the Fool' in New Recording, from the Forward.
    David Schiff, a prolific composer, was inspired to write the piece while teaching music theory at the School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in the early 1970s.
  • Israeli Rabbinical Alum Attacks Civil Marriage in Israel, from the Forward
    Secular and non-Orthodox groups who have long fought to change the country's marriage laws say that a recent deal does little to alleviate the plight of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who cannot prove they are Jewish.
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