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HUC-JIR Chronicle Features Jerusalem Campus and Reform Judaism in Israel
The HUC-JIR Chronicle magazine is available to download. Articles include:
  • A Current Report on the Jerusalem Campus and Israeli Rabbinical Alumni
  • Against the Tide - Reform Leadership and the Zionist Ideal
  • Spirit of Reform - Visionary Rabbis Take the Lead in the IMPJ
  • HUC-JIR Faculty and Alumni Reflections on Israel’s Founding and Historical Events
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
Arbit Blatas: Centennial Tribute – The Jewish Press
The rich cultural milieu that produced the music of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner, Brahms, and Strauss, and the pictorial masterpieces of Durer, Holbein, and Cranach was inexplicably the birthplace of Hitler's Nazism and his murderous jackals. In some mysterious way the artwork of Arbit Blatas (1908 - 1999), currently seen in a centennial tribute at the HUC-JIR Museum, holds this conundrum in a kind of uneasy balance. The exhibition is divided into two parts: one that displays the artist's harmonious and charming School of Paris paintings and the other that presents his Monument to the Holocaust.
A Talk on Lincoln and Jews – The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Just how sympathetic the nation's 16th President was is the subject of a free lecture by Gary Phillip Zola in Temple Rodef Shalom's Levy Hall in Shadyside. Dr. Zola is executive director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
Reception for To Speak Her Heart: Leslie Golomb and Barbara Broff Goldman at HUC-JIR Museum in NY October 29, 2008
The reception will feature a program and book signing with Dr. Wendy Zierler, Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies at HUC-JIR, who wrote the introduction to the book To Speak Her Heart.
HUC-JIR College Colloquium and Open Houses for College Students
Open houses for prospective students will take place November 9-10, 2008 and March 29-30, 2009 at the Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York campuses, and will include an opportunity to learn with HUC-JIR President Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D.
HUC-JIR in the News
The Glamour of the Grammar: Remember This – The Jerusalem Post
HUC-JIR/NY Professor Dr. Joel Hoffman writes, “Succot comes from the Hebrew word succa, "booth." In English, a succa is the temporary booth erected to celebrate Succot. In Hebrew, the word is more general, denoting any covered booth. The noun comes from the root s.k.k (usually spelled with a samech - samech.kaf.kaf - but sometimes with a sin), which gives us a rare verb meaning "to cover," as with a screen or hatched roof.”
Renew Year: A Web Site for Introspection During the High Holidays – The Jerusalem Post
"People need Jewish invitations which they can turn down," said Steven M. Cohen, a Sociologist of American Jewry at HUC-JIR/NY. "It allows you to sample an authentic Jewish experience without having to stay."
Poll: Jews Back Party More Than Obama – JTA
“I was surprised,” said HUC-JIR Professor Steven M. Cohen, one of three authors of the study. “I thought Jews were voting more in line with issue orientation.” But Jews, he said, “do not look like extreme liberals” when one looks at their stands on issues.
Survey Numbers Show American Jews To Be Less Religious on Many Measures – The Forward
“In Jewish terms, Jews are very religious,” said Steven M. Cohen, Sociologist at HUC-JIR/NY. Cohen assembled the new report along with Lauren Blitzer, with data from the Pew survey. “But it’s not a matter of personal religious belief, it’s a matter of group belonging, which includes secular reasons for belonging.”
Herbert Ashley Bernhard: Obituary in The Los Angeles Times
A longtime resident of Beverly Hills, and a well respected attorney, he practiced civil litigation in Los Angeles for fifty years. He was a member of the HUC-JIR Board of Overseers and regularly donated art and other collections to museums and hospitals worldwide.
The Woman Behind “An American Carol” – The American Spectator
There is also the matter of faith in An American Carol. Sokoloff earned her degree in religion and philosophy at Boston University. "And," she said, "I also have a Master's degree in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR in New York. So there's a whole other part of me that you didn't know about."
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