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  • My People's Prayer Book Series, Edited by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman and Published by Jewish Lights Publishing, Wins National Jewish Book Award
    Dr. Hoffman, Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at HUC-JIR/New York, won in the Modern Jewish Thought & Experience category for his ten-volume series.
  • Hebrew Union College Press's My Dear Daughter: Rabbi Benjamin Slonik and the Education of Jewish Women in Sixteenth-Century Poland by Edward Fram Named Finalist in 2007 National Jewish Book Awards
    Fram's work was a finalist in the Eastern European Studies category and investigates rabbinic law, religious and sexual lives of women, and Yiddish printing and public education.
  • Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, Ph.D., Presents at Raul Hilberg Symposium Memorial; Delivers Dedicatory Sermon at NAORR
    Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, Ph.D., Chancellor Emeritus of HUC-JIR, spoke on "Raul Hilberg and the Founding of the Field of Holocaust Studies" in December at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Earlier this month, he delivered a dedicatory sermon to the National Association of Retired Reform Rabbis on the NAORR's 25th anniversary.
  • Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., and Rabbi Mark Washofsky, Ph.D. Publish Essays in Napoleon's Influence On Jewish Law: The Sanhedrin of 1807 and Its Modern Consequences
    Walter Jacob's new book includes essays by HUC-JIR's Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of the College-Institute, and Rabbi Mark Washofsky, Ph.D., Solomon B. Freehof Professor of Jewish Law and Practice at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. Rabbi Ellenson writes on "Creative Misreadings" in Representative Post-Emancipation Halakhic Writings on Conversion and Intermarriage and Rabbi Washofsky writes on Narratives of Enlightenment On the Use of the "Captive Infant" Story by Recent Halakhic Authorities.
  • Fiddler on the Roof Lyricist Sheldon Harnick and Conductor Judith Clurman at HUC-JIR School of Sacred Music's Masters Series, February 20, 2008
    The Masters Series, made possible by a generous contribution by Miriam Pollack Rehmar, in memory of her husband Dr. Michael Rehmar, provides the HUC-JIR community with the opportunity to learn from Jewish musicians and artists who have made a lasting impact on American culture.
  • Dallas Native Commissioned as Navy Chaplain in Israel
    Chaplain Candidate Ensign Anne Strauss was commissioned at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel on Dec. 14. Strauss is a rabbinical student at the HUC-JIR and acceptance into the Chaplain Candidate Program for Officers (CCPO) offered her a chance to serve her faith and her country.
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  • Prominent Scholars Meet in Cincinnati for HUC-UC Ethics Center, the Catacoustic Consort and The College Conservatory of Music's "Lamentations: Music, Text and Interpretation"
    Hebrew Union College-University of Cincinnati Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems (HUC-UC Ethics Center), the Catacoustic Consort, and the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati will hold a workshop and performance on Thursday, February 21, 2008, at 3:00 PM in the Scheuer Chapel at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.
    HUC-JIR in the News
  • Gold Officially the Man at the Federation – The Jewish Journal
    New Federation Chair Shares Vision at HUC-JIR: Stanley P. Gold took over lay leadership of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles on Jan. 1 with high hopes for a new future for the umbrella organization for L.A. Jewry. "Have we made any progress?" he rhetorically asked about 30 students and faculty at HUC-JIR last week. "A little bit. I've been on the job two weeks."
  • Super Tuesday: Snapshots From Across the Country – The Forward
    Steven Windmueller, Dean of HUC-JIR/LA, said that the endorsement was unlikely to harm Clinton's good standing with California's Jewish voters. "Voters at least understand," he said, "that politicians need a whole array of endorsements to win, and are open to the fact that even people with differing views can support the same candidate."
  • Spreading the Word – The Jerusalem Post
    Jews in general are known to read more than other cultures, explains HUC-JIR Professor Steven M. Cohen, who specializes in Jewish social policy. Cohen attributes this trend to Jewish communities' emphasis on education and their drive to advance culturally to overcome their sense of exclusion from the larger society.
  • Solar Panels, Radio Station Keeps Jewish Camps Current – The Jewish Journal
    A study by Steven M. Cohen of HUC-JIR shows that Jewish kids in Southern California attend secular camps at about double the rate at which they attend Jewish camps. The study calls the "limitations in facilities and in quality of recreational activities" one of three areas needing attention, and Los Angeles area Jewish camps seem to be taking note.
  • A Life Well Lived in Writing Jewishly – New Jersey Jewish Standard
    Frances W. Schwartz enrolled at HUC-JIR in 1996 where she received a master of Judaic studies degree. There she also met Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz, one of her professors, with whom she was "instantly simpatico."
    Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
  • 2008 Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture "Opening the Door to the Deep" – Creating a Women's Torah Commentary Thursday March 6, 2008 at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York
    The co-editors of the Women of Reform Judaism's The Torah: A Women's Commentary explore the challenges involved in composing this ground-breaking volume, incorporating new critical approaches, feminism, innovative research, and the insights of several hundred women scholars, clergy, poets, and writers.
  • Academy for Adult Interfaith Studies Spring Schedule Available
    A wide variety of non-credit courses in religious studies for the adult learner are offered.
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