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  • DeLeT Receives Major Foundation Grant
    The Jim Joseph Foundation has awarded a grant of $427,000 to the Day School Leadership through Teaching program, HUC-JIR's fellowship program dedicated to fostering teaching excellence in North America's Jewish day schools. The grant will allow DeLeT to recruit and prepare at least eight novice teachers and provide support to an equal number of teachers during their initial years in the classroom.
  • The Power of a Hyphen – The Jewish Week
    In the documentary "The Jewish Americans," a three-part series spanning six hours that begins Wednesday on PBS, HUC-JIR President Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D. says America has evolved from haven to home. The series focuses on the challenges Jews faced in becoming part of American society while maintaining their distinct ethnic and religious identity.
  • NFTY-EIE Teens Visit HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
    On December 26, thirty-five NFTY-EIE (North American Federation of Temple Youth's Eisendrath International Exchange High School in Israel program) students visited the HUC-JIR/Jerusalem campus to learn about the Rabbinical, Cantorial, Education, and Communal Service programs. The students toured the Jerusalem campus and were encouraged to think about becoming Jewish Professionals in the Reform Movement. The approximately 100 EIE students in Israel for the spring semester plan to visit the Jerusalem campus as well.
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  • The Milton and Hattie Kutz Seminar, The Advancement of Teaching and Learning American Jewish History: A Program for the Education Students of HUC-JIR to Bring Together Education Students
    Twenty HUC-JIR education students from all three stateside campuses will study together in mid-February at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center for the American Jewish Archives at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.
    Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
  • Upcoming Concerts at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
    Allan Sternfield will have a piano recital Thursday, January 17, 2008. Cantors Eliyahu Schleifer, Jose Wolff and Tamar Havilio, and pianist Aya Schleifer will perform The Cantor's Legacy on Thursday, February 7. The Hallel Community Choir will participate in Kabbalat Shabbat services in the Har-El Synagogue on Friday, January 11th; as well as at a February 19th concert at the Hod Yerushalayim Senior Citizens Home in Jerusalem.
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  • Van Leer Institute to Host First Ever Reform Judaism Conference – Ynet
    Dr. David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR, told Ynet that "the phenomenon of different strains of Judaism began in Germany and migrated over to the United States and to Israel; part of the problem is that most of the population here [in Israel] is totally unaware about the various branches because most people that came to Israel are from Sephardic background or from Eastern Europe."
  • A Rabbi of His Time, With a Charisma That Transcends It – The New York Times
    This year's centennial of Heschel's birth, commemorated by the new biography and a conference this month at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan, takes place in a very different world. Surely no one today could write, as he did in his landmark 1955 book, "God in Search of Man," that there is an "eclipse of religion in modern society." If anything, there is no escape from talk about faith. Nor is the relationship between religious convictions and political activism as simple as it might have once seemed.
  • Gal-On Hopes to have a Reform Rabbi on its List – The Jerusalem Post
    Meretz will field a Reform rabbi on its next Knesset slate if MK Zehava Gal-On is elected to head the party in its March 18 leadership race, Gal-On said Wednesday in an interview with The Jerusalem Post.
  • Progressing Slowly – The Jerusalem Post
    The Movement for Progressive Judaism, as it is known in Israel today, began in 1958. The movement was officially registered in Israel in 1971 and – in 1974 – HUC-JIR opened its Reform rabbinical program.
  • 'Religious' Pilot Brings Reform Movement to IAF – The Jerusalem Post
    "Most people don't know Reform, and it's been interesting to meet people who are very religious or not in the army and challenge their values and mine," 22-year-old Lt. Amitai said. "Hopefully, they know it better after they know me."
  • The Top 10 Stories You Missed in 2007: American Jews Turn Away From Israel – Foreign Policy
    "Feelings of attachment may well be changing, as warmth gives way to indifference, and indifference may even give way to downright alienation," the study's coauthors, Steven Cohen of HUC-JIR and Ari Y. Kelman of the University of California, Davis, wrote in their introduction.
  • For a Quiet Religious Dialogue – Haaretz
    Recent data collected by the Cherrick Center for the Study of Zionism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem reveal that the Reform movement manages, more than the other religious movements, to maintain the loyalty of its members. Some 75 percent of those who were raised as Reform Jews continue to define themselves as such. The study shows that in the balance of those leaving and joining religious movements, the Reform movement is growing both numerically and in terms of the Jewish commitment and identity of its members.
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