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Prop 8 Goes Against God's Love for Every Person, by Rabbi David Ellenson - JTA
Rabbi Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR, writes, "I refuse to allow such negative judgments regarding gays and lesbians to go unchallenged from a religious perspective. The thrust of one such passage should not override an overarching biblical ethos that teaches us that God loves and affirms the full humanity of each human being. I see no reason why religious believers like me have any less right than my more fundamentalist brothers and sisters to speak for religion in the public square. Votes against same-sex unions discriminate against gays and lesbians and run counter to the ethos of love that the Bible teaches. It also discriminates against those of us whose religious beliefs mandate us to perform same-sex weddings."
Only In America: The 2008 Jewish Vote, by Steven F. Windmueller, Ph.D.
Dr. Windmueller writes, "Surprising both political analysts and senior Jewish leaders, Barack Obama was embraced by Jewish voters on Tuesday. In early exit polling provided by CNN and other polling organizations, President-elect Obama received nearly 78% of the Jewish vote." Read further coverage in CNN's "Exit Polls: The Religion Factor".
Goldner-Panken Symposium on "The Financial Crisis of 2008: What a Jewish Professional Needs to Know" Features Kevin Penn and Howard Gellis
Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Dean of HUC-JIR/NY, introduced two members of the New York Board of Overseers - Kevin Penn, Managing Director of ACI Capital, and Howard Gellis, retired Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group - who spoke to students, faculty, and administration about different aspects of the economic state of America.
Mindy Davids Selected as HUC-JIR RHSOE Alumna-in-Residence
Mindy Davids, SJCS '90, was selected by her colleagues in the Rhea Hirsch School of Education Alumni Association to be this year's Alumna-in-Residence. She will be in residence on the Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR on November 9 through 11 teaching classes, conducting programs for students and alumni, reading Torah, delivering a D'var Torah, and meeting with students and faculty members to discuss their individual concerns.
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
Envisioning Maps at HUC-JIR/NY Museum - The Jewish Press
"Envisioning Maps," at the HUC-JIR Museum, presents us with contemporary visions by 33 artists of maps as active subjects in the creation of visual art. The maps in this exhibition are used in an exhilarating assortment of ways, exploring the complexity of Jewish life, history and thought.
The Torah: A Women's Commentary: Second Study Guide Now Available for Parashah Vayeitzei
Since the publication in December 2007 of The Torah: A Women's Commentary, Women of Reform Judaism, along with Commentary Editors and HUC-JIR Faculty Dr. Tamara Eskenazi, Dr. Rabbi Andrea Weiss, and Rabbi Hara Person, has been working to provide a study program to accompany this historic work.
HUC-JIR in the News
Obama's Victory Resonates with L.A. Jews - The Jewish Journal
"The Jewish community was kind of in a dance with Obama," said Steven Windmueller, Dean of the L.A. campus of HUC-JIR. "This took some time, whether it was Sarah Palin, whether it was the negative campaigning or whether it was the economy - it is so hard to know the particulars, but clearly something drove the voters back to their home base."
Avraham Biran: Israeli Archaeologist - The Times
In 1974, he became director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, which allowed him to excavate full time. Tel Dan had long intrigued explorers and archaeologists. In 1838 a scholar claimed that it was the area inhabited by the biblical tribe of Dan. Biran's excavations proved this theory, and showed that the area has an almost uninterrupted sequence of occupation from the Neolithic period through the late Roman period.
Study: Pro-Israel Community May Become More Hawkish - JTA
The study, conducted by Sam Abrams of Harvard University and sociologist Steven M. Cohen of HUC-JIR, reported that among non-Orthodox American Jews, those over 65 are almost twice as likely to rate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a major consideration in their vote for president as are Jews aged 21-34.
A Testament to Jewish Maturation - Dayton Jewish Observer
What distinguishes Modern Jews Engage the New Testament by Dr. Michael J. Cook - who is Professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literatures and holds the Bronstein Professorship in Judaeo-Christian Studies at HUC-JIR - is threefold. First and foremost, he is a master in the field of modern New Testament scholarship and acknowledged as such by colleagues in the discipline, Catholic and Protestant. He is well-versed in the critical theories that have been in vogue in the past and abreast of the latest developments.
Portland Woman Appointed to HUC-JIR/Los Angeles Board of Overseers - Jewish Review
Portland resident Adrienne Souther-Geffen has been appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Overseers of HUC-JIR. The Souther-Geffen family is active in the Portland Jewish community, where they have been members of Congregation Beth Israel for 30 years.
Rabbi Arthur Starr retires from St. Thomas Synagogue - Virgin Islands Daily News
Starr was ordained in 1969 after earning a degree from HUC-JIR. He was co-writer and editor of "Sharing Shalom: A Process for Local Interfaith Dialogue Between Christians and Jews," a book co-written with Christian author Philip A. Cunningham.
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
Abraham Foxman of ADL to Speak at Opening of Arbit Blatas: A Centennial Celebration at HUC-JIR/NY Museum on November 19, 2008
A program and reception to celebrate the exhibition Arbit Blatas: A Centennial Celebration, recognize the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for their generous gift to HUC-JIR of Blatas's Monument of the Holocaust, and posthumously honor the artist, will take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the HUC-JIR Museum at One West 4th Street in Manhattan. Foxman, National Director of the ADL, will be the keynote speaker at the reception, introduced by Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR.
2008-2009 HUC-JIR School of Sacred Music Practicum Recital Schedule
Cantorial students at the HUC-JIR's School of Sacred Music will deliver senior recitals and practica.
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