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  • Rabbi David Ellenson Explores "Why Be Jewish?"
    Rabbi David Ellenson was among dozens of Jewish writers and thinkers who met in Utah to explore questions of Jewish identity. "Why Be Jewish?," a three-day conference this week sponsored by the Samuel Bronfman Foundation, opened Sunday in Park City.
  • Certificate in Jewish Communal Service Program Graduates Honored
    A culmination ceremony for graduates of the Certificate in Jewish Communal Service Program will be held on August 8, 2007. Students in the Jewish Communal Service Program have spent the past two summers studying Judaica, management and leadership concepts, contemporary Jewish issues, and Jewish history and society under leading faculty and administration and practitioners in Jewish education and communal service.
  • Rabbi David Saperstein, HUC-JIR '1973, Urges U.S. Senate Leaders to Remove Anonymous Hold on Sudan Sanctions Bill, From JTA's Breaking News
    Reform leader urged U.S. Senate leaders to remove an anonymous hold on a Sudan sanctions bills.
  • Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder Named Director of the Joint Commission on Sustaining Rabbinic Education
    Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder (HUC-JIR/NY 2006) has been named Director of the Joint Commission on Sustaining Rabbinic Education. Established in 1994, the Joint Commission creates programs for continuing study for CCAR members and for rabbinic and other alumni of HUC-JIR, in partnership with the College-Institute's Department of eLearning.
  • Laurel Wolfson, MS, Promoted to Administrative Librarian
    Laurel Wolfson, MS has been promoted to Administrative Librarian at HUC-JIR. Wolfson will oversee and coordinate budget and finances for the four-campus Library system.
    Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
  • Joint Commission for Sustaining Rabbinic Education Features Professor Isa Aaron in "10 Great Texts" Program, Beginning August 6.
    Dr. Aron is Professor of Jewish Education at HUC-JIR/LA and is presenting as part of the Joint Commission's "10 Great Texts" program.
  • Judith Edelman-Green: A Personal View of Immigration, August 5, in "My Israel" Series
    A veteran American immigrant, author and Israeli rabbinical student Judith Edelman-Green will discuss her book Immigrant Lessons, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem Auditorium.
    HUC-JIR in the News
  • "The Answer," from the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
    Among the 40 luminaries at the event were Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
  • From the Jewish Week, How Community Relations Efforts Have Changed
    Just as major new social trends and generational choices are reshaping the landscape of American society, similar transitions are taking place in the field of Jewish political advocacy, writes HUC-JIR/LA Dean Steven Windmueller
  • From the LA Times and the Jerusalem Post: Rabbi Carole Meyers, First Female Rabbi in LA, Dies
    Rabbi Carole Meyers, who became the first female rabbi to lead a congregation in the Los Angeles area when she took over Temple Sinai of Glendale in 1986, has died. She was 50.
  • Berlin Jewish Cantorial School to Open, from JTA
    The Abraham Geiger College at the University of Potsdam, a Reform Jewish seminary, will open the Jewish Institute of Cantorial Arts next year and will cooperate closely with the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Reform Jewry's school in Jerusalem.
  • Does Hollywood Give Jewish? From the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles
    "It is no secret that Jews built Hollywood, but less widely known is that Hollywood helped build L.A. Jewish life... That generation was less concerned with Jewish education or culture or benevolent services than with telling the story of Jewish assimilation and affluence in America, said Gerald Bubis, founding director of the Irwin Daniels School of Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion."
  • New Challenge to Summer Camps: Learn How to Raise Funds, from the Jewish Exponent
    "A study -- conducted in 2006 by Steven M. Cohen, a sociologist at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion -- found that 66 percent of those who have attended Jewish camps consider their Jewish identity "very important," as opposed to 29 percent of those who have never had that experience."
    Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
    Research Resources
  • Rare Documents Reveal Long Correspondence Between FDR and Cincinnati Physician
    HUC-JIR's Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati received a correspondence series that took place from 1925 to 1939 between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Dr. Albert Freiberg, a Cincinnati orthopedic surgeon.
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