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  • Be All the Rabbi You Can Be – Jewish Week Feature of HUC-JIR Military Chaplaincy Program
    For Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Dean of HUC-JIR/NY, the military chaplaincy program is an important part of the education offered at the seminary, and a potentially attractive choice for new rabbis. She says that while the vast majority of students choose to serve congregations, she sees more interest in military and pastoral chaplaincies, chances to bring rabbinical leadership to often interfaith, less-traditional environments.
  • Miles Lerman, a Holocaust Museum Founder, and HUC-JIR Doctor of Humane Letters Recipient, Died at Age 88
    Lerman was a founding member of the museum's governing council, and was the museum chairman from its opening in 1993 through 2000.
  • Rabbi Wolli Kaelter Died at Age 93
    Rabbi Wolli Kaelter was one of the five rabbinical students rescued out of Nazi Germany by HUC-JIR.
    Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
  • Dr. William Cutter to be Honored at RHSOE Alumni Kallah February 2nd
    The Rhea Hirsch School of Education (RHSOE) will honor Rabbi William Cutter, Ph.D. at its upcoming Alumni Kallah, Saturday evening, February 2, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. He will be honored as the Founding Director of the RHSOE.
  • HUC-JIR Recruitment Staff at College Campuses
    Deborah Shapiro will visit at the University of Arizona this weekend; Rabbi Shena Potter Jaffee will visit Indiana University late next week; and Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz will spend Shabbat at Yale University Friday, February 1st.
    Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
    Research Resources
  • Final Chance to See Fall Museum Exhibitions at HUC-JIR/NY January 27th
    The HUC-JIR Museum in New York will be open Sunday, January 27th from 10am-2pm for a final viewing of Elements of Alchemy: Prints by Paul Weissman, The LA Story group show, Peachy Levy: Threads of Judaism; Project Kesher: Photographs by Joan Roth; and Fiorello's Sister: Gemma La Guardia Gluck's Story.
    HUC-JIR in the News
  • First African American Female Rabbi-To-Be is Breaking Barriers with Personal Story – NBC
    Alysa Stanton spent years trying on different roles in life. It wasn't until she converted to Judaism at the age of 24 that she found her calling. "I was studying Judaism and knew I found home," Stanton said.
  • Temple Emanu-El Hosts Legal Scholar – The New Jersey Jewish News
    In his talks, Rabbi Mark Washofsky, Solomon B. Freehof Professor of Jewish Law and Practice at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati focused on traditional texts related to medicine and the environment.
  • 'Heal thyself': Program to Help Physicians Reflect and Renew – Jewish News of Greater Phoenix (PDF)
    An innovative program sponsored by Temple Chai's Deutsch Family Shalom Center and the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health of HUC-JIR/LA offers physicians an opportunity to enhance their ability to heal others - and themselves.
  • 'Silent Majority' of America's Jews Wants Two State Solution, Diaspora Leader Says – Haaretz
    Peter Joseph, a member of the HUC-JIR Board of Governors, discussed the diverse American Jewish population.
  • Jerusalem Concert Review – Jerusalem Post
    Pianist Allan Sternfield's recital last week in Jerusalem at HUC-JIR was definitely a noteworthy chamber music event.
  • Female Torah Scribe Lives Off the Land, Religiously – The Forward
    Rabbi Linda Motzkin, a Reform rabbi at Saratoga Springs's Temple Sinai, is part of a small but growing movement of women around the world who are writing Torah scrolls.
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