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There will be no HUCNews next Thursday, September 13, 2007. HUCNews will return Thursday, September 20, 2007.
News at HUC-JIR
  • Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, on "The Sin of Silence"
    At the High Holidays, the Avinu Malkeinu prayer challenges us to consider not only our "sins of intention and commission," but also our "sins of inattention and omission." As Ecclesiastes observed, there is a "time for silence." During these Days of Repentance, we must also acknowledge there is a "time to speak."
  • Rabbi David Ellenson on Inauguration of New JTS President
    Rabbi Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR, presented greetings for his colleague at the Conservative seminary.
  • HUC-JIR/Jerusalem Hosts Shabbat Service for Gaza-Adjacent Residents
    On Friday, August 31 over 650 residents of the Sha'ar Ha-Negev Region and two local kibbutzim attended a Friday night event at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem. Residents of this area live immediately adjacent to that part of the Gaza Strip from which missiles are being fired on a daily basis, and life for the residents involves unrelenting pressure.
  • A Report from New Orleans about the Katrina Aftermath from Dr. William Cutter, Director Emeritus of the Kalsman Institute, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles
    Readiness is more than being prepared for an earthquake or a hurricane or even a flood. Readiness is a human condition that makes us network, makes us be grateful for our strength, that makes us appreciate our ability to recover and to help others recover from the losses that are part of our way.
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  • Elements of Alchemy: Prints by Paul Weissman on View at HUC-JIR/NY
    Artist's Reception September 25, 2007

    Printmaker Paul Weissman, who currently lives and works in Hawaii, has combined the aspects of science, social anxiety, spirituality and complex cultural references to achieve his compelling, layered images.
  • Congregation Ahavath Chesed Marks 125th Anniversary Featuring HUC-JIR's Cantor Bruce Ruben
    The Jacksonville congregation will have a Shabbat dinner and special service with Cantor Bruce Ruben, dean of the School of Sacred Music of HUC-JIR/NY.
    HUC-JIR in the News
  • In New Prayer Book, Signs of Broad Change, from the New York Times
    Steven M. Cohen, a sociologist of American Jewry and a professor at HUC-JIR/NY, said, "Historically the Reform Movement has seen itself as the Movement most responsive to the changing times," one of the main reasons that its prayer book is periodically revised.
  • Reform Jewish leader urges U.S. Muslims to condemn violence - From Haaretz
    The President of the Union for Reform Judaism accused American media, politicians and religious groups on Friday of demonizing Islam.
  • Reform Head Talks to Muslims, from JTA
    "The time has come to end racial profiling and legal discrimination of any kind against Muslim Americans," Yoffie said. "Yes, we must assure the security of our country; this is absolutely our government's first obligation. But let's not breach the Constitution in ways we will later regret. After all, civil liberties are America's strength, not our weakness."
  • Young U.S. Jews 'detached' from Israel, from the Jerusalem Post
    Steven M. Cohen's study includes findings that a growing number of young American Jews were less supportive of Israel.
    "Beyond Distancing: Young Adult American Jews and their Alienation from Israel"
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  • Temple Israel of New Rochelle, NY Exhibit Focuses on HUC-JIR Founder Isaac Mayer Wise, During Congregation's 100th Anniversary Celebration
    "[Wise] was the master builder and organizer of the Reform movement in America," said Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, chancellor emeritus of HUC-JIR. Visit for contact information. The exhibition is on view through October 5.
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