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  • Leading Islamic Scholar to Join HUC-JIR/LA and USC Faculty for Spring 2008 Term
    Dr. Steven Windmueller, Dean, HUC-JIR/LA, announced that Dr. Ismail Bardhi, a leading Islamic scholar, will join the HUC-JIR/LA faculty for the spring 2008 term. Through the planning efforts of Dr. Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Jewish and Islamic Studies, Dr. Bardhi will hold a joint position at HUC-JIR/LA and the University of Southern California as a Senior Fellow of USC's Center for Religion and Civic Culture.
  • The Jewish Americans, Featuring Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., Airs on PBS
    The miniseries, which features Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President, aired its first chapter this past Wednesday evening and will continue Wednesday, January 16th and Wednesday, January 23rd.
  • My Day with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Rabbi Bernie King Tells His Story Marching Into Montgomery
    The month was March. The year was 1965. Bernie King, a rabbinic student at HUC-JIR/LA was sitting at his desk studying. He decided to take a break. He turned on the radio and listened to the news. The feature story was the civil rights march taking place between Selma and Montgomery.
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    Research Resources
  • Life, Faith, and Cancer by HUC-JIR Alums
    Douglas J. Kohn, C '87, edited this work subtitled Jewish Journeys Through Diagnosis, Treatment, and Recovery. The book features essays by HUC-JIR rabbinic, cantorial, education, and communal service alumni, with personal stories interwoven with Jewish texts and teachings.
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  • A Torah of One's Own: At Long Last, Women's Voices Heard – Jewish News Weekly
    As a Bible professor at HUC-JIR/LA, Tamara Cohn Eskenazi was an obvious choice to oversee the project, "The Torah: A Women's Commentary," newly published by the Women of Reform Judaism and the URJ Press. The book is a 1,350-page compendium of the five books of Moses (in English and the Masoretic Hebrew text) along with extensive commentary, footnotes, parshah introductions and poetry, all of it written by women.
  • HUC-JIR Communal Service Alumni "Imagine the Unimaginable"
    The latest issue of the quarterly Journal of Jewish Communal Service focused on "Imagine the Unimaginable: Disaster Planning, Preparedness and Response" and featured articles by two HUC-JIR School of Jewish Communal Service alumni: Andi Milens, SJCS '95 and Lee Wunsch, SJCS '76.
  • Two Chupahs for Two Rabbis – Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton
    In the Miami Valley in Ohio, two HUC-JIR alumnae prepare to marry men of very different professions from theirs.
    Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
  • HUC-JIR Recruiter at University of Oregon Hillel
    Debbie Shapiro, Regional Director of Admissions and Recruitment at HUC-JIR/LA, will be at the University of Oregon today, January 11th, through tomorrow, Shabbat afternoon, where she will meet with Judaic Studies and Music professors, the student leadership board, and select student leaders, the Hillel staff. Shapiro will offer a Dvar Torah for Shabbat services and dinner. This is one of the first times HUC-JIR has had a presence at the University of Oregon.
  • Year-in-Israel Students to Attend Mid-Year Colloquium January 30th to February 2nd
    Faculty from HUC-JIR's Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York campuses will lead the Year-in-Israel students in the colloquium "Challenges and Opportunities: Jewish Leaders and the Jewish Community."
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