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  • HUC-JIR Students at Year-in-Israel Program Express Condolences to Mercaz HaRav Community
    HUC-JIR's first-year rabbinical, cantorial, and education students wrote, "It is hard—if not impossible—to find the words to express our shock and outrage over the attack at Mercaz HaRav last Thursday evening. We are deeply saddened by the loss of the innocent and noble lives of the students who were so brutally murdered."
  • Jewish and Christian Seminary Leaders Meet at HUC-JIR/NY to Explore Cooperative Initiatives
    Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR, hosted the group that discussed teaching of theology within curricula, opportunities for interfaith dialogue among students, the possibilities of faculty exchange, and ongoing consultation and planning.
  • HUC-JIR/NY Rabbinical Students Meet with Islamic Cultural Center Students for Two-Day Program
    The students participated in "Putting the Theology of Peace into Practice," a program of dialogue, religious community, and interfaith learning between Muslims and Jews. The students' two days together included text study from both traditions, sharing of prayer and worship opportunities, and open dialogue about the opportunities and challenges inherent in the relationship between Judaism and Islam. They spent one day at the campus of HUC-JIR/NY and one day at the 96th Street Mosque, also in New York City.
  • The 2008 Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture, "Opening the Door to the Deep": Creating a Women's Torah Commentary, Held at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York March 6, 2008
    Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR offered an introduction, and composer/performer Debbie Friedman, Instructor for Music at HUC-JIR/NY, sang Lech L'Cha to welcome the audience of over 400, following a reception and book signing. Dr. Andrea L. Weiss, Assistant Professor of Bible, HUC-JIR and Associate Editor, The Torah: A Women's Commentary presented an overview of this groundbreaking new publication, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, Executive Director of the Women's Rabbinic Network with HUC-JIR faculty members and The Torah: A Women's Commentary contributing authors Dr. Carole B. Balin, Professor of Jewish History, Dr. Alyssa Gray, Associate Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature, and Dr. Wendy Zierler, Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies.
  • Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman's My People's Passover Haggadah: Traditional Texts, Modern Commentaries, Volumes 1 and 2 Nominated for Sophie Brody Medal
    Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., My People's Passover Haggadah, edited by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D., HUC-JIR Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual, and Dr. David Arnow, and published by Jewish Lights Publishing, was nominated for the Sophie Brody Medal, an award presented by the American Library Association "to the author of the most distinguished contribution to Jewish literature (fiction or non-fiction). The winners will be announced in January 2009.
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  • Women Urge Larger Role in Easing World's Ills – The Chicago Tribune
    "The moment people are in dialogue they no longer demonize each other: I'm not the occupier, and you're no longer the terrorist," said Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Associate Dean of HUC-JIR/Jerusalem. She shared the stage with Maryam Zarif, an Iranian Islamic expert, a moment she called "a start" to better relations between the two rival nations.
  • The Art of Aging – The Contra Costa Times
    Contemporary works of art by noted Israeli and North American artists are featured in "The Art of Aging" at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City. The exhibit is on loan from HUC-JIR/NY. Laura Kruger, Curator of the HUC-JIR Museum in New York, will give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how the exhibit was created May 12, 2008.
  • Are Jews Less Attached to Israel? Maybe Not – The Forward
    The study, which looks at telephone surveys commissioned by the American Jewish Committee going back to 1994, found that levels of attachment to Israel among American Jews had consistently remained high through the years, with those saying they felt "close" to Israel remaining well over 65%.
    Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
  • Intersections: A Celebration of Performing and Visual Arts, Artist's Reception, Monday, March 17, 2008
    Andrea Hodos, performance artist, and Judith Margolis, visual artist, will present at HUC-JIR/LA.
  • Reception Honoring Fourteen Chicago-Area Rabbis with New HUC-JIR Student Scholarship on April 3, 2008; Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D. to Present
    A scholarship is being created for HUC-JIR rabbinical students from the Chicago area, in honor of fourteen area Rabbis. Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR, will recognize the rabbis in attendance for their decades of devoted service to the Jewish people. Rabbi Peter Knobel, President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis will also participate.
  • Upcoming HUC-JIR Faculty Lectures

    Dr. Eugene Borowitz, Dr. David Ellenson, and Dr. Mark Washofsky will lead study sessions to prelude the CCAR convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 30, 2008.

    Dr. Joel M. Hoffman delivered the keynote address "Tzipiyot, Hesegim, Ufotentsial" ("Expectations, Accomplishments, and Potential") at the Jewish Agency's international conference on Day School education in Mexico City, March 9, 2008.
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  • HUC-JIR Student Reports on Interfaith Trip to Poland
    Rabbinical student Jon Hanish delivered his fifth-year sermon to the Los Angeles community discussing his October 2007 interfaith trip to Poland. Hanish was one of 50 seminary students from Poland, Germany, Israel, and the United States, including 45 Roman Catholic students, who traveled to Warsaw and Lublin for a conference on Jewish/Christian relations.
  • HUC-JIR's Miller High School Students Visit Metropolitan Museum of Art
    The Miller High School at HUC-JIR/NY is special two-year high school honors program for students entering 11th and 12th grades from congregations in the greater New York metropolitan area. The students recently visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan and posed for a photo on the museum's famous steps.
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