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HUC-JIR Cantorial Faculty to Lead Inaugural Events at Jewish Institute of Cantorial Arts, Abraham Geiger Kolleg, Berlin
Cantor Bruce Ruben, Director of the School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR, will sing Shacharit service at the historic Rykestrasse Synagogue and will speak and sing at the Sunday evening concert in honor of the significance of the occasion.
Rabbi Ellenson to Honor Pioneering Rabbi
Rabbi Arnold Gluck, a pioneering Jewish educator, will be recognized September 12, 2008 at Temple Beth-El in Hillsborough, NJ, at a service that also will celebrate the honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree Rabbi Gluck received on April 30, 2008, from HUC-JIR/NY.
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
DeLeT: The Solution
Dr. Michael Zeldin, Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and DeLeT, writes, "I was pleased to note that Rob Eshman identified DeLeT as a 'solution' to the 'shortage of top-quality teachers in Jewish day schools' and that he singled it out as a 'model' of how 'to streamline qualified professionals into the teaching profession.' DeLeT - Day School Leadership through Teaching - at HUC-JIR with a parallel program at Brandeis University, has launched over 90 new Jewish day school teachers."
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
Envisioning Maps Opens at HUC-JIR/NY Museum with Artists' Reception September 25, 2008
Thirty-five contemporary artists employ maps - real or imagined - as metaphors for human relationships, historical experience, social values, global politics, and issues of identity and heritage.
Artists' Reception for Sephardi and Mizrachi Arts: Identity and Heritage in Transition at HUC-JIR/LA September 25, 2008
The exhibit, on view through December 22, 2008, includes works by Joyce Dallal, Lidia Shaddow, Jessica Shokrian, and Victor Raphael.
HUC-JIR in the News
L.A.'s Wilshire Boulevard Temple Rebuilds on Past Glory - Los Angeles Times
"The structure built in the 1920s remains one of the most magnificent synagogues in the United States," said Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR. "Clearly the building of this structure was a symbol that the Jews had a central place in the city."
Allowing Jews to Practice Judaism - The Jewish Outreach Institute
Writing in the Jerusalem Report, Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR, makes the claim that annulling a conversion has "virtually no precedent in classical rabbinic tradition." Rabbi Ellenson makes a great point. It's unfair to tell a convert that if they aren't up to strict, Orthodox standards, they aren't Jewish.
A New Take on an Old Story - World Jewish Digest
"We wanted to bring the women of the Torah out from the shadows into the limelight, from their silences into speech, from the margins to which they have often been relegated to the center of the page," says Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, the book's editor and a Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/LA. "Since the book's release, women keep coming up to me and telling me they finally feel included in the conversation."
Rabbi Gives Jews a Proper Introduction to Islam - Jewish News Weekly
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR/LA, wrote "An Introduction to Islam for Jews." Firestone suggests that before we condemn Islam, let's try to understand it. He certainly has the qualifications to write objectively about Islam. He received a Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic studies from New York University. He has lived in Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter and in Cairo. He wrote several books and articles about Islam, and even a guide to Judaism for Muslims that has been translated into Arabic.
Arts Preview: Fall Exhibitions at HUC-JIR/NY - The Jewish Week
"Envisioning Maps" features paintings, prints, and sculptures by contemporary artists. Tying them all together is theme of maps, real or imagined, and how they unite or divide us. Another show, "Arie Bar Lev: Israel Then and Now," features photographs from the more than 50-year career of the esteemed Israeli photography. "Arbit Blatas: A Centennial Tribute" dedicates a solo show to the Lithuanian-born Expressionist painter who died in 1999. Blatas (b. 1908), a young student of the School of Paris, immigrated to New York in 1941, and his landscapes and portraits hint at the influences of Soutine, Braque and Matisse.
Rabbis Endorse Certification Plan - The New York Times
In a resolution, the Central Conference of American Rabbis promised to work cooperatively with the movement known as Hekhsher Tzedek, meaning "justice certification," to develop the new seal of approval, which would be applied only to food certified as kosher according to traditional Jewish dietary laws.
Rabbis in New Pulpits in Time for Holidays - New Jersey Jewish Standard
The Jewish teaching on changing the world, tikkun olam, is particularly salient to Rabbi Jordan Millstein, who took the pulpit at Temple Sinai of Bergen County in Tenafly on July 1. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program, Millstein was ordained at HUC-JIR/NY. Rabbi Ruth Zlotnick, new religious leader of Temple Beth Or in Washington Township, was ordained at HUC-JIR/NY in 2001. Following ordination, Zlotnick served as Associate Director of programs for a think tank called, at the time, "Synagogue 2000" (now "Synagogue 3000"), which is devoted to revitalizing synagogue life.
Passionate About People, Passionate About Judaism - The News-Sun
In 2002, Rabbi Lorraine Rudenberg was accepted in the rabbinical school of HUC-JIR, which, since 1972, has ordained more women rabbis than any other school in the world.
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