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  • Fiddler on the Roof Lyricist Sheldon Harnick and Conductor Judith Clurman at School of Sacred Music Masters Series – February 20, 2008 at HUC-JIR/NY
    Harnick is the renowned lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof and other works for Broadway and film. The Masters Series is open to the public.
  • Former HUC-JIR Professor Hollander Dies in Jerusalem
    Rabbi Ben Hollander, z"l, passed away in Jerusalem on 5 Adar 1, 5768 (February 11, 2008). After making aliya in 1972, Rabbi Hollander worked with underprivileged children in the Negev development town of Yerucham and did national service as a teacher in the local high school. He later taught at HUC-JIR, among other schools and yeshivas.
  • HUC-JIR/NY Museum Spring Exhibition Previews Begin February 19, 2008; "Albanian Muslim Rescuers During the Holocaust: Photographs by Norman Gershman" Opens February 28, 2008
    When post-World War II Europe found itself devastated by the loss of its Jewish population, Albania was the only country to boast a larger number of Jewish people than it had housed prior to the Holocaust. Gershman, an American photographer fascinated by these stories, chronicled the tales of the righteous Albanians.
  • Judith Margolis, Artist in Residence at HUC-JIR/LA
    Judith Margolis, Artist-in-Residence at HUC-JIR/LA, presents her exhibit, "Twist of Fate," at HUC-JIR/LA. She says, "The essential connection between creativity and spirituality is at the center of my philosophy as an educator."
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  • Rabbi Gary Zola, Director of AJA, Kicks Off Lincoln Campaign; Featured in The Enquirer and on PBS
    "Over the years, Lincoln has become the epitome of the very best that the American people can hope to be or strive to be," said Rabbi Gary Zola, who directs the American Jewish Archives at HUC-JIR and serves on the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. "He is an emancipator; he is a man who stands for freedom." Read more in The Enquirer.
    On January 13, Rabbi Zola spoke at the Jewish Museum of Florida with Harold Holzer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The program was titled "Lincoln and the Jews" and it was an official activity of the US Congress's Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. PBS recorded the program, available online here.
  • The Academy for Adult Interfaith Studies at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati to Offer Lunchtime and Evening Classes
    Leading scholars to explore the Kabbalah, King David, Faith and Social Justice, Moses and the Burning Bush, Intro to Biblical Hebrew, and the Easter Narratives through Jewish, Christian, and Islamic perspectives.
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  • Gap Grows Between Orthodox and Others – The Jewish Journal
    "If one were to look at the American Jewish community, the type of unity that formerly marked us in regard to religious state issues – not just foreign policy questions – that type of unity has become attenuated," said Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR.
  • Jewish Book Council Announces Awards; Judges include Rabbi David Ellenson
    The judges for the 2008 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, sponsored by the Jewish Book Council, who remain anonymous until the winner is announced, were announced and include author and HUC-JIR President, Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D.
  • First Israeli Progressive Congregation Celebrates Golden Jubilee
    Kehilat Har-El of Jerusalem, Israel's pioneer Progressive congregation, has begun a year-long celebration of its golden jubilee. On a recent Shabbat morning, a joint service was held at Har-El together with HUC-JIR, represented by Cantor Professor Eliyahu Schleifer, pianist Anastasia Sobolev, and flautist Jeanne Schaffer. Rabbi Tovia Ben-Chorin, who served for many years as Har-El's rabbi, gave the d'var torah.
  • Extraordinary Nostalgia – The Forward
    As Editor Dr. Michael Meyer, Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History at HUC-JIR, observes in the introduction to Prinz's autobiography – just now being published – "there has not been so much as a single critical article dealing with his life and achievements." Yet Prinz was an important, if not major figure in Jewish life both in the Germany of the 1930s and in the United States. For an excerpt of Dr. Meyer's book, click here (PDF).
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  • HUC-JIR/LA Founders Day – A Day of Study, Worship and Celebration – February 26, 2008
    Highlights include a welcome by Dr. Steven Windmueller, Dean, HUC-JIR/LA, and the Founder's Day address: "Remembering What We Never Knew: Jewish Education for the 21st Century," by Dr. Michael Zeldin, Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and DeLeT.
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