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Rabbi David Ellenson Announces the Appointment of Dr. Michael Marmur as Vice President for Academic Affairs
Rabbi Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR, writes, "I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Marmur as Vice President for Academic Affairs of the College-Institute, effective July 1, 2009. As Dean of our Jerusalem School since 1998, Michael has had overall responsibility for the activities of HUC-JIR in Jerusalem, with the mandate to consolidate activities and expand programs in the areas of education and leadership development. I look forward to working closely with Michael as the new chief academic officer of our institution. His intellectual rigor, scholarship, collegial spirit, and creativity, as well as his passionate commitment to Reform Judaism and his love for the College-Institute and our mission will allow us to build upon the accomplishments of the last decade and continue our striving for ever-greater academic and professional excellence for our faculty and students."
An Ideology for the Liberal Jewish Day School: A Philosophical-Sociological Investigation - Journal of Jewish Education
Rabbi Ellenson says that liberal day schools in the United States have long championed the ideology of integration between Jewish and secular subjects and values, and have made the "integration" of these subjects and values with one another a cornerstone of their curriculum. In recent years, the ideology of integration has been called into question, and an alternative ideology and curriculum model that stresses the dynamic "interaction" that exists between the Jewish and secular components of the curriculum has begun to emerge. This article discusses the intellectual currents and historical conditions that led to the "integrative model" and indicates what the sociological factors and philosophical ideals have been that have led in recent years to the emergence of the "interactive model" and indicates how this latter model might be applied so as to inform the curricula of liberal day schools today.
HUC-JIR Cincinnati Tribute Dinner Celebrates Historic Collaboration between Catholics and Jews; Honors Kevin T. Kabat - American Israelite (PDF)
The Cincinnati Associates of HUC-JIR held their 26th Annual Tribute Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 23. The dinner celebrated the historic collaboration between Xavier University, a Catholic Jesuit University, and HUC-JIR. Kevin T. Kabat, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Fifth Third Bancorp, was honored. Read further coverage in the American Israelite (PDF) as Rabbi David Ellenson announced the dinner's fundraising success.
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
HUC-JIR/NY Soup Kitchen Serves Community for 20 Years
Today marks the 20th anniversary celebration of the HUC-JIR/NY Soup Kitchen. Each week, the HUC-JIR/NY students serve a hot sit-down meal to nearly 120 guests. Honoring the Jewish tradition of "Hachnasat Orchim," welcoming our guests, students try to create an intimate and comforting atmosphere by serving company at their tables and engaging them in conversation.
Tribute to Ezri Uval: Concert of Hallel Choir
The Hallel Community Choir of HUC-JIR, Jerusalem gave a tribute concert to the memory of Ezri Uval, z"l, commemorating the tenth anniversary of his death. Ezri was a beloved teacher of Hebrew and Jewish liturgy at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem and is remembered by his many rabbinic, cantorial, and education students.
HUC-JIR in the News
School of Jewish Communal Service Alum Honored in Reader's Digest
Janice Kamenir-Reznik, SJCS '75, was honored for her work founding Jewish World Watch which aids refugees in Darfur. "Until we started this organization," says Kamenir-Reznik, "I believed that Darfur was a faraway problem, one that I couldn't fix. But now nobody can say that there's nothing we can do about it." Kamenir-Reznik's daughter is also a SJCS alumna.
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: External Violence, Internal Turmoil - The Washington Post
Joshua Stanton, a first-year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR, writes, "Religious tension underlies many instances of violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, to be sure. But it is our belief that internal tension between moderate and extreme elements of each tradition plays a much larger role in inter-religious conflict than has been acknowledged."
Leader of World Reform Judaism Movement Speaking in Central New Jersey -
On Friday, Dec. 12, Rabbi Uri Regev will present a sermon on "Challenges and Opportunities Facing Reform Judaism Around the World". The sermon will be part of Shabbat Services at Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough.
Beth David Slates Scholar-in Residence Weekend - JValley
"Talmud Made Fun and Easy" will be the topic of Congregation Beth David's scholar-in-residence with Rabbi Judith Abrams on the weekend of January 30 - February 1. Rabbi Abrams earned her Ph.D. in Rabbinic literature from the Baltimore Hebrew University, rabbinic ordination from HUC-JIR, and is the founder and director of Maqom: A School for Adult Talmud Study
Bernstein's Biggest Fan to Sing Tribute to Him - San Francisco Chronicle
HUC-JIR alumna Cantor Roslyn Barak will sing Bernstein songs, play recorded excerpts from his sacred works, and talk about the man and his music Sunday evening at the Jewish Community Center. The program, "Lenny's Voice: Bernstein's Humor and Jewish Spirit," looks at the wit of his secular songs and the tradition and faith that informed his spiritual works.
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
Richard J. Scheuer, z"l, Chairman Emeritus of HUC-JIR, to be Honored at Memorial Tribute Lecture Monday, December 15 at HUC-JIR/NY
Dr. Nili Fox, HUC-JIR Associate Professor of Bible, will lecture on "Revealing Biblical Dan: A Tribute to Richard Scheuer," Monday, December 15, 2008, at Noon, at HUC-JIR/NY. Scheuer, Chairman Emeritus of HUC-JIR, died November 7, 2008 at the age of 91 years.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation's oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and communal service professionals and offers graduate and post-graduate degree programs for scholars of all faiths. With campuses in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, New York, and Jerusalem, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise renowned library, archive, and museum collections, the American Jewish Archives, biblical archaeology excavations, research centers and institutes, and academic publications. HUC-JIR invites the community to an array of cultural and educational programs that illuminate Jewish history, culture, and contemporary creativity, and foster interfaith and multi-ethnic understanding. Visit us at

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