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  • Rabbi David Ellenson Joined Albany-Area Rabbis to Honor Memories of Rabbis Isaac Mayer and Stephen Wise
    HUC-JIR alumni joined together in celebrating the annual Union Shabbat Service on Friday, March 28th, honoring Rabbis Isaac Mayer Wise and Stephen Wise, during the Shabbat of their yahrzeits. Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of the HUC-JIR, was the featured speaker.
  • Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk, Ph.D., Chancellor Emeritus of HUC-JIR, Honored at CCAR Conference
    Dr. Gottschalk was honored at the CCAR Conference Service marking the 36th anniversary of the ordination of Rabbi Sally Priesand, the first female rabbi ordained. He was also recognized at the HUC-JIR alumni luncheon at which he spoke and delivered the Invocation. The events took place in Cincinnati where the 119th conference of the CCAR was held.
  • Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman Dies at 89
    Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman, who as chief executive of the United Jewish Appeal raised more than $3 billion to support the fledgling state of Israel and led efforts to close the educational gap there between European Jews and those from other lands, died Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 89. After graduating from Yale in 1938, he studied at Hebrew Union College in New York and was ordained in 1943.
  • HUC-JIR/Jerusalem Outreach Programs at Hebrew University
    Professor David Mendelssohn spoke to Hebrew University students on the "Jewishness of Israelis" on April 10, 2008. Lox and Learn, an on-going series of HUC-JIR recruitment programs at Hebrew University, is led by Rabbi David Wilfond, Regional Director of Outreach and Admissions at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem.
  • Dr. David Kaufman Nominated as Outstanding Teacher and Mentor by USC
    The University of Southern California Parents Association has announced that Dr. David Kaufman, Associate Professor of Contemporary American Jewish Studies at HUC-JIR/LA, has been nominated for consideration of the Association's Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award. The winners, along with all nominees, will be recognized at a ceremony in the fall.
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  • Department of Youth Programs to Host High School Leadership Conference
    HUC-JIR's Department of Youth Programs will host its annual High School Leadership Conference April 11-13. Thirty-two 10th-12th grade students from across North America will spend the weekend on HUC-JIR's Cincinnati campus, learning from faculty and rabbinical students, meeting one another and exploring the theme Leadership: When to Lead? When to Follow?
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  • Zohar Volume from HUC-JIR/NY's Klau Library Featured in New York Times Magazine
    A Zohar volume published in Venice in 1663 illustrates Daphne Merkin's article, "In Search of the Skeptical, Hopeful, Mystical Jew that Could Be Me," in the New York Times Magazine, Sunday, April 13. The photo appears on page 54. Dr. Philip Miller assisted the photo editor and photographer from the New York Times with a selection of Kabbalistic volumes from the rare book collection of the Klau Library at HUC-JIR/NY.
  • Spare-Rib Scholars Unearth Scripture Bias – London Times
    The Torah: A Women's Commentary re-evaluates the Torah's feminine side and offers the first comprehensive analysis of text from a female point of view. "With this commentary we will continue as sisters to empower the women - and men - who come after us for generations to come," said its chief editor, Tamara Eskenazi, Professor of Bible studies at HUC-JIR.
  • US Archaeologists Bridge Israeli-Arab Gap – Jerusalem Post
    Unlikely peacemakers are proposing that if Israelis and Palestinians can agree on how to preserve and protect a common archaeological past, perhaps they can agree on a common future. David Ilan, Director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archeology at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, is on a team of scientists from the two sides and the United States – with the unofficial but full knowledge of their governments – who has invested three intensive years of negotiations and research.
  • Keeping Faith – Hartford Courant
    "The issue of Jewish continuity and survival is unlike that experienced by other religious groups," said Steven Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at HUC-JIR/NY and a leading expert on American Jewish demography.
  • Chasing the Passover Bunny – The Forward
    David Gilner, director of libraries at HUC-JIR, agreed that the rabbits symbolize the mnemonic, but he said that some examples do not conform to this model, like a 15th-century Bible where a chase scene casts God as the hound and the hare as Egypt.
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  • Department of Outreach Education to Feature Dr. Mark Kligman at Lunchtime Scholar Series, April 30, 2008
    Dr. Kligman, Professor of Jewish Musicology at HUC-JIR/NY, will lead a discussion entitled "Introduction to Sephardi/Mizrachi Music." This multi-media presentation will show the diversity and uniqueness of Sephardi and Mizrachi communities through liturgical and non-liturgical music.
  • HUC-JIR SSM Faculty and Alumni to Perform G.F. Handel's Israel In Egypt Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at Temple Israel of New Rochelle, NY
    The Westchester Chorale's performance of "the greatest choral epic in the repertory" includes solos by Cantor Benjie-Ellen Schiller, Cantor Morris Glazman, tenor, and Cantor Erik Contzius, bass-baritone.
  • Israel at 60: Lecture at HUC-JIR/LA by Yaffa Weisman, May 14, 2008
    The Frances-Henry Library at HUC-JIR/LA will be hosting a special meeting of the Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California (AJLSC) in honor of Israel's 60th Independence Day Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. Professor Yaffa Weisman, Library Director, HUC-JIR/LA, will lecture on: Israel at 60 - Old Roots, New Culture, discussing the changing Israeli cultural landscape as reflected in contemporary Israeli literature, poetry and theatre.
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