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Shavuot Greetings from Rabbi David Ellenson and Barbara Friedman
The transmission of Torah continues today, as we celebrate the holiday of Shavuot and Israel's 60th anniversary, and bring forth another generation of Jewish leaders at the convocations of our 133rd academic year. Inspired by Torah's ethical values – gemilut chasadim, acts of loving kindness, and the pursuit of tzedek, justice – our students and alumni are committed to activism to build a fair and just society and bring tikkun olam, the repairing of our world. View HUC-JIR students' social action in this video.
Schusterman Rabbinical Fellowship Program a Milestone in Collaboration
In a first-of-its-kind partnership, the Schusterman Rabbinical Fellowship Program will bring together eight outstanding rabbinical students from the Conservative and Reform Movements for three years of formal study. "I am excited to be part of a ground-breaking effort to train rabbinical students to better respond to the needs of interfaith families and unaffiliated Jews, to provide them with enhanced leadership and management skills, and to think outside the box to create vibrant congregations," said Lynn Schusterman, Chair and Co-Founder of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, which is funding the project.
HUC-JIR to Co-Sponsor Academic Conference on American Jewish History
The eighth Biennial Scholars Conference on American Jewish History, the premier scholarly meeting of the academic field, will be held for the first time on the West Coast on Sunday, June 1-Tuesday, June 3, 2008. This conference, bringing together leading scholars, graduate students, and other students of the subject for two days of deliberation, is organized by Dr. David Kaufman, Associate Professor of Contemporary American Jewish Studies at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles.
HUC-JIR Museum Exhibit On View at the Citigroup Center in New York: Project Kesher - Women and Jewish Renaissance in Ukraine, Photographs by Joan Roth
Laura Kruger, Curator of the HUC-JIR Museum in New York, produced the exhibition, which debuted in 2007 at HUC-JIR. Photographer Joan Roth says, "I have been photographing Jewish women around the world for many years. This experience was exceptionally moving for me because it was about women seeing themselves in a new light. This time I wasn't going back to the old world; I was seeing into a new world. Project Kesher women are enriched and empowered in ways I hadn't dreamed."
Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman Reflects on HUC-JIR Graduation in Los Angeles
Rabbi Zimmerman, Past HUC-JIR President (1996-2000), who delivered the benediction at Graduation at HUC-JIR/LA, said, "It was wonderful to see and experience the vibrancy of the Los Angeles school and the extraordinary strides it has made. President David Ellenson, his administration and the faculty are accomplishing so much. We have so much of which to be proud. Dean Steven Windmueller continues to guide and lead with a loving hand. The College-Institute's presence in the West has made such a difference."
HUC-JIR in the News
Cracking The Glass Ceiling – The Jewish Week
Bronznick's strategies have already begun to change the culture of certain Jewish organizations. As a consultant for HUC-JIR, she helped integrate women into the seminary's administration. Female board members soon jumped from seven out of 55 in 2001 to 21 out of 55 in 2005, and a woman — Barbara Friedman — currently serves as chair. "Shifra's insights about the ways in which women could enrich our organization through their leadership is something to which I gave great credence." said Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR.
Feminists Hope for More Gains – The Canadian Jewish News
There was also a surprise celebration to mark Rabbi Goldstein's receipt of an Honorary Doctorate in Divinity from HUC-JIR and her 25th anniversary in the rabbinate. It was noted that like the guest speakers, she, too, had set a feminist milestone as one of the first female rabbis in Canada.
Book of Jewish Women's Prayers Brings Local Authors Closer to Their Faith – The Pittsburgh Post Gazette
The signing will be followed by lunch and a prayer-writing workshop at noon led by HUC-JIR Professor Wendy I. Zierler, who wrote the introduction for "To Speak her Heart."
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
HUC-JIR Ordination and Graduation Ceremonies in Cincinnati to be Held this Weekend
Nineteen HUC-JIR students will be ordained as Rabbis at the Cincinnati Ordination Ceremony at Plum Street Temple Saturday, May 31. Rabbi Naomi Levy, Author and Faculty, Wexner Heritage Foundation and Academy of Jewish Religion, will deliver the Ordination Address. On Sunday, June 1, HUC-JIR students will receive graduate degrees and alumni will be honored for their professional service at the Graduation Ceremony at Isaac M. Wise Temple. Dr. Harvey Cox, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, will deliver the Graduation Address.
First Ordained Female Rabbi To Speak At Westchester Reform Temple
Rabbi Sally J. Priesand, the first female rabbi to be ordained in the United States, will be the guest speaker at the Annual Shabbat Dinner and Service hosted by the Women of Reform Judaism on Friday, June 6 at Westchester Reform Temple (WRT) in Scarsdale.
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Rosalyn Engelman Exhibition at HUC-JIR/NY Museum Featured in 'A Modern Collection, Awash With Color' in NY Sun
Rosalyn Engelman has filled the apartment over the last two decades with large-scale, modern pieces awash with bright colors. "I love color," Engelman, who wears bright red glasses, said. Engelman's work is currently on display in two New York shows: "Dry Tears" is a mixed media installation at HUC-JIR.
'Jewish Vision' Exhibition from HUC-JIR Museum/NY at Tyler Museum of Art
Tikkun Olam, "Repairing the World" is such a deeply embedded Jewish concept that Sigmund Balka has spent a lifetime seeking ways to express it. In 2006, he donated his encyclopedic art collection to HUC-JIR. A portion of Balka's collection will be exhibited as "The Eye of the Collector: The Jewish Vision of Sigmund R. Balka" at the Tyler Museum of Art.
Cinema Judaica: Epic Cycle at HUC-JIR Museum in New York
Americans love movies that relate to the Bible, anti-Semitism, and the birth of Israel. Cinema Judaica features posters and promotional materials from many of them—B flicks with Spanish/Italian casts, biblical spectacles such as "David and Bathsheba," critically acclaimed films such as "The Fixer" and of course, "Exodus."
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