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HUC Press Publishes Jewish Law in Transition: How Economic Forces Overcame the Prohibition Against Lending on Interest
A well-known biblical prohibition strictly forbids Israelites to lend to each other on interest. Rabbi Hillel Gamoran,
N '56, seeks to explain how and when a law of such high moral standing collapsed and fell over the course of the centuries.
Sixth Season for IMPJ Pre-Draftee Gap Year Program
The Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism's mechina, a gap year program that helps prepare high school graduates for army service, has entered its sixth year with a record 35 participants.
SJCS Student Named Wexner Fellow
Samantha Pohl was named to the Class XXI of the Wexner Graduate Fellows. She is studying for a Masters of Jewish Communal Service at HUC-JIR and a Master of Public Administration at USC. She joins HUC-JIR rabbinical students Daniel Crane and Dara Lithwick in the Fellowship.
Dr. Mark Kligman on "Jews of the Mediterranean" at Manhattan JCC
Dr. Kligman, Professor of Jewish Musicology at HUC-JIR/NY, moderated a panel on Syrian Jews at the JCC this week. A Jewish presence in Mediterranean lands dates back to ancient times and grew dramatically following the rise of Islam in the 7th century.
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
Schusterman Family Foundation Visiting Israeli Scholar to Speak On "Israel: Between Refuge and Redemption"
Dr. Meir Seidler, HUC-JIR's first Visiting Professor of Israel Studies, is scheduled to speak at the Leavey Library Auditorium at University of Southern California (USC) on Monday, November 10, from 7 pm to 9 pm.
Reception for Arbit Blatas: A Centennial Celebration at HUC-JIR/NY Museum November 19
The museum at HUC-JIR/NY features a career retrospective of the celebrated School of Paris painter and sculptor, including his bronze Holocaust memorials. Abe Foxman, ADL National Director, will speak at the reception, on November 19, 2008 at 5:30 p.m.
Bamberger Memorial Lecture Announced
The 2008-09 Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture featuring Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, Co-Director of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, will be held December 10, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. at HUC-JIR/NY.
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
AJA Heschel Lecture Available Online
Dr. Susannah Heschel's September 3, 2008 lecture, "The Spiritual Audacity of My Father - Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel," featuring the respondent panel of Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President HUC-JIR, US Senator Sherrod Brown, and Bishop E. Lynn Brown, is available online. The lecture was held at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.
HUC-JIR in the News
First Black Woman to Become Rabbi will Reveal 'Layers' - Kansas City Jewish Chronicle
She'll be the first black female rabbi ever when she's ordained in 2009. But for Alysa Stanton, the journey is more important than making the history books. Stanton, who is expected to graduate next spring from HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, will be in Kansas City October 30 to perform "Layers," a monologue of song and story about her experiences in Judaism.
Archaeology Adding to the Powder Keg - David Ilan in Biblical Archaeology Review
Dr. Ilan, Acting Director, Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology/Skirball Center for Biblical and Archaeological Research, writes, "If Jerusalem were a normal city, all those who love archaeology and history would applaud the myriad fascinating discoveries and keep coming back for more. But Jerusalem is not a normal city. And archaeology in Jerusalem is not only academic; it is a highly political enterprise with major economic implications. The current activity in the City of David is a case in point."
Trove of Jewish Art on Show - The Miami Herald
Eye Of The Collector-Jewish Vision Of Sigmund R. Balka features drawings, prints and photographs by various renowned and emerging artists. Balka has been collecting Jewish art for more than 50 years and donated these works to the HUC-JIR Museum in New York.
Woman Rabbi to Help Temple Mark 60 Years of Sisterhood - Montgomery Advertiser
Sally Priesand didn't set out to champion women's rights or blaze any trails. She simply followed her heart, a path that led her to becoming the nation's first woman rabbi. Priesand was 17 when she requested an application from HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.
Winnipeg Rabbi Served in the Marines, Navy - The Canadian Jewish News
Rabbi Karen Soria, the first female rabbi ever to have served in the United States Marines, is the new spiritual leader of Temple Shalom, a Reform congregation in the city. Growing up near Chicago, Rabbi Soria graduated from HUC-JIR in 1981.
Coming Home To Their Roots - The Jewish Week
Jonathan Prosnit, a rabbinical student at HUC-JIR, said he found overwhelming support for the Democratic ticket while canvassing in Jewish neighborhoods near Philadelphia last month. Prosnit led a group of 15 HUC-JIR rabbinical and cantorial students, joined by peers from Philadelphia's Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, who went door to door speaking in favor of Obama. He said residents there, many of them elderly, expressed concern about the declining state of the economy.
Homewood Rabbi to Lead National Group - The Southtown Star
In February, Rabbi Dreyfus, N '79, will be installed as President of the New York-based Central Conference of American Rabbis during a conference in Jerusalem. In 2001, she drew media attention by becoming the first woman to head the Chicago Board of Rabbis, which represents Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox rabbis in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. She has also been involved in numerous interfaith discussions and activities.
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