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  • HUC-JIR Announces 2008 Ordination, Investiture, Graduate, and Honorary Degree Recipients
    Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of the HUC-JIR announced the class of 2008, who will be ordained, invested, and graduated this spring in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York.
  • National Invitation for HUC-JIR Ordination, Investiture, and Graduation Ceremonies in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York, are Available On-line
    View event details for the 2008 graduation, ordination, and investiture ceremonies and services.
  • HUC-JIR Student Life Videos
    View HUC-JIR students working for social justice and leading Jewish revival in the Former Soviet Union; hear their stories about preparing for an extraordinary life at HUC-JIR.
  • Steve Cohen on 'Seeking a Third Way to Respond to the Challenge of Intermarriage'
    Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at HUC-JIR, delivered this address at the CCAR convention in Cincinnati.
  • J.J. Goldberg, Editorial Director of The Forward, Speaks to HUC-JIR/NY Students on Jewish Politics: What Difference Does It Make?
    Goldberg joined HUC-JIR/NY students, faculty, and staff, for a lecture and discussion on Jewish politics on March 31, 2008. He discussed the upcoming presidential election, U.S. foreign policy, and the influence of Jewish organizations.
    Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
  • Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., to Speak at Temple Israel of New Rochelle April 11, 2008
    Rabbi Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR, will speak at 8:00 p.m. at Temple Israel in New Rochelle, NY, which is celebrating its Centennial this year.
  • Cinema Judaica: The Epic Cycle (1947-1971) on View at HUC-JIR/NY Museum; Opening Reception and Lecture April 9, 2008
    Hollywood films in the three decades after World War II portrayed 4,000 years of Jewish historical identity and, in some of the biggest box office hits of all times, transformed the image of the Jew from embattled to triumphant. Ken Sutak, author, collector, and guest curator of Cinema Judaica, will speak at 6:30 p.m., following a 5:30 p.m. reception.
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  • Cinema Judaica at HUC-JIR/NY Museum is Manhattan "City Pick" in Time Out New York
    Posters and advertisements for films such as Ben-Hur, Fiddler on the Roof, Exodus and Samson and Delilah, illustrate the increasingly triumphant image of the Chosen People in post-World War II Hollywood.
  • Reform College Students Attend Shabbaton at Kibbutz
    A group of over 20 Reform college students studying in Israel, accompanied by HUC-JIR Kesher-in- Israel interns, attended a Shabbaton at Kibbutz Yahel, one of the first Reform Kibbutzim in Israel.
  • Gerald Bubis, HUC-JIR Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of SJCS, Publishes Guidebook for Non-Profit Organizational Management
    Gerald Bubis, Founder and Professor Emeritus of the School of Jewish Communal Service, has published The Director Had a Heart Attack, and the President Resigned, a guide for professionals in the non-profit sector.
    HUC-JIR in the News
  • Dr. Steven Windmueller on 'The Jewish Communities of the Western United States'
    Twenty-five percent of all American Jews live in the Western United States, representing a distinctive and growing voice within Jewish life. Participation and identity in these communities show different features from the rest of American Jewry, in part reflecting the social mores of the West. A lack of longstanding communal histories and established behaviors has also made it easier for Western Jewry to develop special creative aspects.
  • Imam Seeks 'Real Connections' – The Jewish Week
    Recalling a recent two-day program of "dialogue, religious community, and interfaith learning" between students from HUC-JIR and the 96th Street Mosque, HUC-JIR Vice President Rabbi Aaron Panken said, "It was a wonderful opportunity for students from both sides to learn from each other and to realize the many similarities in prayer and textual teachings between Judaism and Islam." Rabbi Panken said Imam Ali comes across as "a warm and genuine religious leader who is doing a lot to create opportunities for friendly and thoughtful dialogue between Muslims and Jews."
  • Reform Rabbis Renew Debate on Officiating at Intermarriages – JTA
    The task force on intermarriage has met a handful of times in the past year, according to its chair, Rabbi Charles Kroloff, Vice President for Special Projects at HUC-JIR. "If we don't respond, American Jewish life will go on without us and we will be left behind," says Rabbi Jerome Davidson, a member of the task force.
  • Revealing God's Female Voice – Haaretz
    Last week "The Torah: A Women's Commentary" was launched in Israel and in the near future it will be translated into Hebrew.
  • New Book Blasts Gender Inequity, Seeks Change in Organizations – JTA
    "I've done studies of rabbis, of federations, of JCC professionals, and wherever we look, men occupy more prestigious and better-compensated positions," says sociologist Steven M. Cohen, whose studies are cited in the new book. "What's bad and wrong for America is bad and wrong for American Jewry," says Cohen, a Professor at HUC-JIR.
  • CCAR Opened Sunday in Cincinnati – The Enquirer
    "Whenever it does (return to Cincinnati) there is a certain special quality to it because of the great history in Cincinnati," said Gary Zola, Executive Director of HUC-JIR's Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
  • What Women Bring to the Rabbinate – The Cleveland Jewish News
    More than 30 years after the first female rabbi was ordained, how have women changed the rabbinate and Judaism? HUC-JIR, the Reform movement's rabbinic training college, allowed Preisand to join the men studying for the rabbinate. As Priesand's devotion and spirituality became clear, she was ordained with her class in 1972.
  • Retired Rabbis in Spotlight – Chicago Jewish News (PDF)
    The focus will be on retired rabbis and of rabbis of the future at a special event HUC-JIR is hosting in Evanston on Thursday, April 3. It will honor 14 retired Reform rabbis from synagogues in the Chicago area.
  • Smash the Glass Ceiling in the Communal World – The New Jersey Jewish News
    In addition, at least six major organizations and institutions have elected women as board presidents for the first time, including the HUC-JIR. Female philanthropists and entrepreneurs are launching new organizations. More women are featured on panels and publications as intellectuals, academics, and writers.
  • Federation's Stanley Gold Slashes Board Size, Reorganizes – The Jewish Journal
    "Frankly, this is a necessity," said Steven Windmueller, dean of the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and an expert on Jewish communal service. "This type of thing, the restructuring of the board for accountability purposes and decision making, is absolutely essential to the future of The Federation."
  • As Jewish Communities Unite, Disconnects Persist – The Jewish Journal
    In early 2005, Gerald Bubis and Steven Windmueller, respectively Founding Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service at HUC-JIR/LA, and its Dean, came out with a 165-page paperback titled "From Predictability to Chaos? How Jewish Leaders Reinvented Their National Community System."
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About God – The Forward
    Belief in God is, for many people, mostly irrelevant to living a religious life or being a "mentsh," as Eugene Borowitz puts it in his new book, "A Touch of the Sacred: A Theologian's Informal Guide to Jewish Belief." Borowitz, a distinguished professor at the HUC-JIR, sees an inherent problem with this and tries to rectify it in his book.
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