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News at HUC-JIR
  • Groundbreaking for $11.5 Million Renovation of Klau Library at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati
    The Groundbreaking for the $11.5 million renovation of the Klau Library at HUC-JIR, one of the most comprehensive Jewish libraries in the world, will take place on Monday, September 24, 2007 at 4:00 p.m.
  • The Academy for Adult Interfaith Studies at HUC-JIR Launches Fall 2007 Courses
    Adults of different faiths and backgrounds are invited to attend Fall 2007 courses of The Academy for Adult Interfaith Studies at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, which offers a wide variety of non-credit courses in religious studies for the adult learner.
  • HUC-JIR Co-Sponsors Gender and Bible Conference in New York Conference
    The conference, honoring the memory of Tikva Frymer-Kensky, the inaugural Rabbi Sally F. Priesand Visiting Professor at HUC-JIR, will feature HUC-JIR faculty, including Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Professor of Bible, HUC-JIR/LA, and Debbie Friedman, Instructor in Music at HUC-JIR's School of Sacred Music in New York.
  • Los Angeles Campus Honors Beloved Maintenance Director
    This past June, HUC-JIR/LA lost a remarkable, much-beloved staff member, Dax Clark, who during his seven years with us had served as Administrative Assistant in the Rabbinic School and later Director of Maintenance.
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  • Elements of Alchemy: Prints by Paul Weissman Opens at HUC-JIR Museum in NY September 25
    Inspired by Primo Levi's The Periodic Table, Paul Weissman employs multi-layered printmaking techniques that incorporate eponymous elements and metaphorical imagery to examine man's relationship to basic building blocks of the universe and to serve as a mirror reflecting upon, and questioning, humankind's values and conditions.
  • HUC-JIR Museum Exhibition on Judy Chicago Travels to Jewish Museum of Maryland – Washington Jewish Week
    An exhibit on feminist artist Judy Chicago will open at the Jewish Museum of Maryland in Baltimore Sunday. Judy Chicago: Jewish Identity explores how the artist's Jewish roots influenced her work.
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  • Left Coast Artists Invade the Village – Jewish Week Fall Arts Preview
    "The L.A. Story" features the works of 10 West Coast artists, all of whom work in different mediums, with different sensibilities. Still, some patterns can be discerned. At the HUC-JIR Museum in New York, through January 27, 2007.
  • Berlin Jewish Life Grows in Different Ways as Reform Shul, Chabad Open Doors – JTA
    This bastion of liberal Judaism was rededicated last week, and a few days later more than 1,000 guests turned out to stomp their feet and wave their arms to the tunes of Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza.
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  • Growing Number of Professionals Turning to a More Holy Pursuit – Forward
    At HUC-JIR, career changers now account for 15% of rabbinical students. This year's incoming class includes two former lawyers, a former not-for-profit lobbyist in Washington, a former CPA, and a former personal trainer.
  • On Israel, a Generation Gap – US News and World Report
    The report, "Beyond Distancing," focuses on what authors Steven Cohen, a research professor at HUC-JIR, and Ari Kelman believe is a key indicator of a change from a more collective, ethnic, or even tribal view of being Jewish toward what they call "privatized Judaism."
  • Klau Library Revamp to Start Soon – Cincinnati Enquirer
    With 465,000 volumes, the library has the largest collection of printed Judaica in North America. The project will renovate and expand the building and includes state-of-the-art equipment and is funded by 50 donors, led by a $6.5 million donation from the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati.
  • High Holidays of Romance – New York Sun
    Larry Raphael, from his pulpit at HUC-JIR's community services, said he witnessed the first flowerings of about 10 marriages for which he was later asked to officiate. "It certainly made me pleased."
  • Chart a New Course for the New Year – Jewish Journal of Greater LA
    "Healing and the Jewish Imagination: Spiritual and Practical Perspectives on Judaism and Health," edited by Rabbi William Cutter (Jewish Lights), Director of the Kalsman Institute at HUC-JIR, is a collection of provocative essays delving into the relationship between classical Jewish texts and contemporary health issues, linking body, mind and spirit.
  • I Remember Them Well – Wall Street Journal
    Yizkor dates back to the Crusades, when thousands of Jews were massacred in Europe. There were so many dead that Jewish communities began keeping books listing the names of the victims, according to Lawrence Hoffman, a Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at HUC-JIR/New York.
  • They Came to North Dakota and Went Away the Wiser – New York Times
    When Geoff Mitelman (Cincinnati 2007) paraded around the synagogue, holding a well-traveled Torah aloft, you could feel the entire, exhilarated congregation ripple with joy: The rabbi's back in town!
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