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  • Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., to Speak at Israel President Shimon Peres's First Annual Presidential Conference, Facing Tomorrow
    Rabbi Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, will speak on the relevancy of the Jewish legacy to the world's future on a panel on Wednesday morning, May 14th. President Peres said, "In all my years, I have been party to many dreams. The ones that became reality had one thing in common: they were all blessed with the proper mix of imagination, will, and compassion. I am quite sure that all three of these very human qualities will be abundantly evident at this conference, and will afford it the intellectual fertility, curiosity, and enthusiasm any meaningful consideration of tomorrow requires."
  • HUC-JIR/NY Students to Graduate April 30th at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York; Anita Diamant to Speak
    Author Anita Diamant will speak at the graduation ceremonies, where she and Civic Activist Sigmund Balka, Past URJ Chair Robert M. Heller, and Sociology Professor Dr. Nechama Tec will be awarded honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters. HUC-JIR alumni will be awarded honorary Doctorates of Divinity, Music, Jewish Religious Education, and Jewish Communal Service, as well as the Founders' Medallion, in recognition of their 25 years of distinguished professional service. The Doctor of Ministry degree will be presented to ordained clergy of diverse faiths and Masters Degrees will be presented to students in the Rabbinical School, School of Sacred Music, New York School of Education, and the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Team Unveils Mideast Archaeology Peace Plan (PDF)
    The first challenge was to account for "tens of thousands of artifacts" and nearly 6,000 sites, says David Ilan, one of the Israeli participants who directs the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem.
  • Holocaust Remembrance Program at HUC-JIR/NY Features Novelist Thane Rosenbaum and Klezmer Violinist Alicia Svigals; Co-Sponsored by Workmen's Circle and 3GNY
    The museum at HUC-JIR/NY will be open for the event, which will also include a memorial candle lighting ceremony for survivors and their descendants.
  • Rabbi Jeremy Schneider to Participate in "Religion and Society: A Dialogue" in Egypt and Syria
    Rabbi Schneider, L '06, was accepted to participate in the 11-day study tour to Egypt and Syria focused on learning and understanding Islam.
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  • HUC-JIR's Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation Supports Faith Leaders for the Freedom to Marry
    HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, in conjunction with California Faith for Equality, Metropolitan Community Church, and the Fellowship, launched a campaign to support "To Have and To Hold: Faith Leaders for the Freedom to Marry."
  • Gay, Jewish and Proud: Some Jews Plan to Infuse Gay Pride into Passover This Year
    "What this Seder does is it preserves all the traditional elements so no one can say this isn't a legitimate Haggadah and it adds on this overlay of these new symbols and questions," said psychologist Joel Kushner, who helped research and develop the new gay Haggadah in his capacity as executive director of HUC-JIR's Institute for Judaism & Sexual Orientation.
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  • 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.
  • Rosalyn A. Engelman: "Dry Tears" at HUC-JIR/NY Museum Opens May 14th
    Rosalyn Engelman uses her skills as a visual artist to cast light on the vulnerability of the individual victim – from the pogroms of Russia to Babi Yar and Auschwitz during the Holocaust, from Cambodia and Rwanda to Darfur. Engelman asks us to identify with those whose lives have been silenced, but whose memory exerts a call for action.
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  • Sable Joins HUC-JIR as Director of Development – Cleveland Jewish News
    Dayton, Ohio, native Sheri Sable has been named Director of Development, Midwest Region, at HUC-JIR. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Sable studied Arabic, Islamic law, modern Jewish intellectual history, and philosophy at Hebrew University.
  • Jewish Voters Still Have Questions About Obama - US News and World Report
    In an analysis for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs at HUC-JIR, Steven Windmueller said that four states with significant Jewish populations account for 128 of 270 electoral votes needed to capture the White House: California, New York, Florida, and New Jersey, with Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Ohio in the second tier.
  • Chicago Theological Seminary Establishes Jewish Studies Chair - Sun Herald
    The Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman Chair in Jewish Studies is America's first endowed professorship in Jewish studies at a freestanding Protestant seminary. It honors the co-founder of the school's Center for Jewish-Christian Studies. Rabbi Schaalman, C '41, is a past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
  • Women Talking Torah - Lilith Magazine
    The Torah – A Women's Commentary, edited by HUC-JIR Professors Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Andrea Weiss, marks a watershed in Jewish history. It is a huge undertaking, magnificently executed and written solely by women, one which offers new information and insights on every page. This new volume, leather-bound and physically gorgeous, proudly announces itself as a work by women.
  • New Torah Commentary Gives Miriam Her Due - The Star Ledger
    The story of the Exodus from Egypt, recounted each year at Passover, lingers on the many miracles God conducted on the Israelites' behalf. But Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, a Bible professor at HUC-JIR and the editor of the just-released "The Torah: A Women's Commentary," always marvels at Miriam – the young girl who watched over the Nile-borne basket bearing the baby Moses; the woman who rejoiced with a hand-drum at the parting of the Red Sea; the prophet honored, according to Jewish tradition, with an extraordinary well that followed the Israelites through the desert.
  • Women Having Greater Role in Traditional Passover Seders - The Press-Enterprise
    Rabbi Suzanne Singer, L '03 and Coordinator of Leadership Initiatives at HUC-JIR/LA, explained at the dinner table that the idea of adding an orange dates from the 1980s.
  • A Rabbi's Fresh Look at Passover - The East Hampton Star
    Instead of dealing solely with the Passover story in the Haggadah, told year after year at the Seder meal - of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt and liberation from slavery - Biblical scholar Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, who served as HUC-JIR President (1996 - 2000), offered a sort of deconstruction of it, and even some who have been making the Seder for their entire lives seemed surprised.
  • Hillel Aims for Pluralistic, Traditional Balance at Seder - Columbia Spectator
    "It's great that we have so many orthodox Jews at Columbia and Barnard, but there are a lot of reform Jews here, too, who don't feel like they have a voice," said Karen Perolman, a third-year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR.
  • Amy Hertz Named Assistant Rabbi at Rodef Shalom - The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh
    Originally from Houston, Amy Hertz will be ordained by HUC-JIR on May 31. She has worked with elementary age children at Greene Family Camp in Texasand served for two years in HUC-JIR's Department of Youth Programs where she helped to design, create and coordinate over 15 retreats for high school and college-age students.
  • Rabbi Appointed to New Position at Emory
    Victoria Armour-Hileman, an award-winning scholar and soon-to-be-ordained rabbi, has been appointed associate dean of religious life and chaplain at Emory University. Her appointment to the newly established position was announced by the Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, dean of the chapel and religious life at Emory.
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