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  • HUC-JIR President David Ellenson, Ph.D., Board of Governors Member Rabbi David Posner, and other Alumni Listed as Newsweek's Top Influential Rabbis in America
    HUC-JIR Alumni were also featured on the list of the top pulpit rabbis. This is the second annual list by Newsweek.
  • HUC-JIR Students Celebrate Passover with Communities in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine
    HUC-JIR's students and graduates transmit their enthusiasm, knowledge, and commitment to the Jews of the Former Soviet Union and offer hope for the Jewish future.
  • Military Chaplaincy Rabbinical School Scholarship Offered at HUC-JIR
    HUC-JIR has partnered with the Jewish Community Centers Association and Jewish Welfare Board to offer the Irving S. Weinstein Military Rabbinical School Scholarship. With a commitment to serve in the armed forces for three years after ordination, this scholarship will fund up to full tuition for four years of rabbinical school.
  • HUC-JIR Students and Alumni Participate in Ride for Reform
    This year's Ride for Reform, a fundraising program for the Israeli Movement of Progressive Judaism, included HUC-JIR students from the three stateside and Jerusalem campuses, as well as many HUC-JIR alumni.
    Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
    Research Resources
  • Join HUC-JIR Excavations at Tel Dan
    Tel Dan is one of the most important sites for the archaeological and historical recovery of ancient Israel. The city of Dan represented the northern border of the biblical kingdom of Israel. Excavations will continue during the summer. Applications for the dig are available on the HUC-JIR Tel Dan site.
  • GLBT Haggadah Tells Passover Story Anew
    Developed in collaboration with HUC-JIR's Institute for Judaism & Sexual Orientation (IJSO), the GLBT Haggadah is a completely traditional Haggadah infused and integrated with the lens of GLBT and Feminist culture.
  • Four Daughters: Wise, Angry, Simple and Unable to Enquire
    Rabbi Dalia Marx, Lecturer in Liturgy and Midrash at HUC-JIR, composed this piece for Passover.
    HUC-JIR in the News
  • Guidebook to Understanding Liberation of the Jews - The New York Times
    "The Haggadah is a book not just of the Jewish People, but of ordinary Jewish people," Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman wrote. "It is a book we all own, handle, store at home and spill wine upon." It is hard to imagine anyone spilling wine on "My People's Passover Haggadah," a fascinating two volume collection of text and commentaries for which Rabbi Hoffman, Professor of Liturgy at HUC-JIR/New York, was co-editor. Another commentary, by Carole B. Balin, who also teaches at the Reform movement's HUC-JIR/New York, draws on material from the wider array of modern Haggadot.
  • Archaeologists' Group Proposes Safekeeping of Middle East Artifacts - The Chronicle of Higher Education
    "We were not trying to conduct negotiations on a final settlement, but to set out items for future discussion in the peace talks," said David Ilan, director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, at the HUC-JIR/Jerusalem. He was one of the Israeli participants.
  • New Haggadahs Bring Fresh Approaches to Celebration - The Jewish Journal
    On Passover, teachers become students and students take on the role of teachers; old and young teach each other. A fine resource for preparing for the seder and for use at the table, "My People's Passover Haggadah: Traditional Texts, Modern Commentaries, Volumes 1 and 2," edited by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Professor of Liturgy at HUC-JIR/New York, and David Arnow, bring together a community of scholars and teachers to reflect anew on the Haggadah.
  • Tibet Takes Its Place at the Seder Table - The Jewish Week
    HUC-JIR rabbinical student Daniel Bogard has developed a liturgy about Tibet to be read at the seder. Readings and symbols of other issues will also find their place at some seders. A "Passover Ritual for the Midwives" was written by HUC-JIR rabbinical student Leah Rachel Berkowitz to honor the forgotten heroines of the Hebrews in ancient Egypt.
    Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
  • Dr. Reuven Firestone to Teach at Geiger College; Lecture at Potsdam University and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
    Dr. Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR, will teach a class on "Judaism and Islam: Religious Interconnections and Interwoven Histories" to Geiger College's rabbinical students. He will also give lectures at Potsdam University: "The concept of Oral Torah in Judaism and the concept of Prophetical Tradition in Islam. A comparison." and at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, "A synthetic methodology of post-modern scriptural engagement: combining vectors of religion and secularism in reading Abraham in the Qur'an and the Bible."
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