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  • Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR, Will Receive Honorary Degree at the College of William and Mary
    Rabbi David Ellenson, a 1969 graduate of William and Mary, will receive an honorary doctorate at its May 11, 2008 commencement ceremony. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will deliver the keynote address.
  • Rabbi David Ellenson Memorializes Victims of Yeshivat Mercaz Harav Terrorist Attack
    Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR, recited psalms at a community memorial service for the victims of the Terror Attack on Yeshivat Mercaz Harav in Jerusalem. The service, held at Yeshiva University, brought together members of the New York Jewish community.
  • CCAR to Meet in Cincinnati; HUC-JIR Faculty to Lead Study Sessions
    Dr. Eugene Borowitz, Dr. David Ellenson, and Dr. Mark Washofsky will lead study sessions to prelude the Central Conference of American Rabbis convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 30, 2008. The convention will run from March 30-April 2, 2008.
  • FSU Netzer Leaders Join Educators at Annual Jerusalem Conference
    HUC-JIR conducted its third annual conference for Progressive educators from the former Soviet Union February 17-20, 2008 in Jerusalem. This year, several coordinators from the FSU branches of Netzer Olami, the Progressive movement's international Zionist youth movement, were also invited.
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  • HUC-JIR School of Sacred Music Students, Faculty, and Alumni to Perform at "Cantors on Second Avenue" March 30, 2008 (PDF)
    The concert will be held Sunday March 30, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. at Temple Shaaray Tefila, 250 East 79th Street, New York.
  • Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Ph.D., Will be Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Beth El
    Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Ph.D., Editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary and Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/LA, will be the scholar-in-residence Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30 at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester, Chappaqua, NY.
  • HUC-JIR School of Sacred Music Students to Join with Jewish Theological Seminary Cantorial Students at April 1st Concert
    The concert, to be held at Stephen Wise F ree Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street, in New York, at 8:00 p.m. on April 1, 2008, will feature HUC-JIR and JTS cantorial students, along with Joyce Rosenzweig and Hazzan JoAnn Rice.
  • HUC-JIR/NY Venue for "Exodus Revolution" Program
    Participants will study Exodus and Revolution, by Michael Walzer, and leading scholars will guide discussions at this weekly program, through April 16, 2008, sponsored by AJWS, AVODAH, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, Encounter, Uri L'Tzedek, Mechon Hadar, JFREJ, and
  • DeLeT Presents an Afternoon with Ron Berger at HUC-JIR/LA, April 14, 2008 (PDF)
    Ron Berger, an author and educator, presents a vision of educational reform that transcends standard, curriculum and instructional strategies based on his book: An Ethic of Excellence.
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  • A Very Modern Megillah – Megillat Esther by David Wander at HUC-JIR Museum in New York – The Jewish Press
    According to painter and book artist David Wander and his Megillat Esther, currently on view at the HUC-JIR Museum in New York, the tale of Purim is of starkly different proportions; dark, violent, forbidding and thoroughly modern. He has created an artist's book that unfolds to a length of 55 feet and abounds in hangings and executions.
  • The Sacrifices One Makes: Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman in The Jewish Week
    Rabbi Hoffman, Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at HUC-JIR, writes, "Would-be leaders, then, should awaken each morning and don the proper perspective for their day: either free themselves from daily detail to plan the bigger picture, or attend to those trivial tasks without which the bigger picture will never get filled in. We need both – a good lesson indeed, to learn from 'mere' sacrifices."
  • Temple Shalom's Woman Rabbi is Southwest Florida's First – Naples Daily News
    Since Sally Priesand became the first ordained female rabbi in 1972, more than 400 women have been ordained at HUC-JIR. Rabbi Baht Yameem Weiss entered HUC-JIR after majoring in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.
  • A Noted Rabbi Remembered – Rabbi David Lieb, San Pedro Jewish Leader, was Active in Community
    Rabbi Lieb, who led San Pedro's Temple Beth El for 34 years and played a prominent role in interfaith efforts and community events, died of colon cancer on March 8, 2008. He was 65.
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