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Dr. Avraham Biran, z"l, Director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
Dr. Avraham Biran, the renowned Israeli archaeologist and Director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at HUC-JIR in Israel since 1974, died on September 16, 2008 in Jerusalem. In 2002 Dr. Biran was presented with State of Israel's greatest honor, the Israel Prize, in recognition of his enormous contributions to archaeological excavation, research, and publication. Read further coverage in The New York Times. To make a gift in Dr. Avraham Biran's memory, click here.
A Dispute Over Property Taxes: IRAC Defends HUC-JIR's Status in Israel From the Israel Religious Action Center Newsletter
There should be no question as to HUC-JIR's status; in Israel, however - it is more complicated because HUC-JIR is part of the Reform Movement which continues to struggle for recognition in Israel. As a result of the Municipality's unwillingness to change HUC-JIR's status, IRAC filed a petition to the court to rule on HUC-JIR's status in 2006. IRAC successfully argued that HUC-JIR was, in fact, a religious and educational institution with a seminary.
Movement Promoting Important Convention on Law and Mental Health
HUC-JIR has joined the International Academy of Law and Mental Health in promoting participation in the 31st International Congress on Law and Mental Health, June 29 to July 4, 2009, at New York University Law School. The goal is to attract "scholars and thinkers affiliated with liberal Judaism and its institutions" in an effort to "establish an ongoing methodological examination of issues that are relevant to Judaism, law and authority, personal autonomy, and mental functions."
HUC-JIR Cantorial Faculty Lead Inaugural Events at Jewish Institute of Cantorial Arts at Abraham Geiger Kolleg, Berlin
Cantor Bruce Ruben sang Shacharit service at the historic Rykestrasse Synagogue and performed at the Sunday evening concert in honor of the occasion. Cantors Josee Wolff, Eli Schleifer, and Yvon Shore taught master classes and performed with Joyce Rosenzweig in the Sunday concert. Read Cantor Ruben's speech here.
Adrienne Souther-Geffen Appointed to HUC-JIR/Los Angeles Board of Overseers
Souther-Geffen has had a long and successful career in the field of fashion and advertising. Souther-Geffen's daughter, Callie, is currently in her second year of rabbinical studies at HUC-JIR/LA. The Souther-Geffen family is active in the Portland Jewish community, where they have been members of Congregation Beth Israel for thirty years.
Jeffrey A. Seymour Appointed to HUC-JIR/Los Angeles Board of Overseers
Jeffrey A. Seymour has combined over 40 years of experience in both the public and private sectors to establish Seymour Consulting Group (SCG), a governmental relations firm specializing in areas of planning, zoning and land use consulting as well as public policy analysis and ordinance studies.
Cantor Bruce L. Ruben, Ph.D., Director of the School of Sacred Music, to Receive 2008 Roberta Thornton Award from the City University of New York
Cantor Ruben, a CUNY alumnus with a Ph.D. in History, will receive the award November 10, 2008.
HUC-JIR in the News
Berlin Cantorial School Opens - JTA
The new training facility for cantors is part of the Reform Jewish seminary, the Abraham Geiger College at the University of Potsdam, founded nine years ago. The institute plans to have close cooperation with HUC-JIR/Jerusalem.
Fabulously Observant: The 3 Most Important US Jews - The Jerusalem Post
19th Century pioneer of Reform Judaism Isaac Mayer Wise "put Reform Judaism on the map" in the United States. Working from Cincinnati, he established Hebrew Union College, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now the Union for Reform Judaism), and the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He trained hundreds of Reform rabbis, and in Rockaway's words, "made Reform the strongest Jewish religious movement in America."
Trove of Jewish Art on Show - The Miami Herald
Balka has been collecting Jewish art for more than 50 years and donated these works to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in New York. Of the 200 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs, the Jewish Museum of Florida will present 50 works - including expressions of Jewish life during a golden era of creativity in Europe and America by renowned and emerging artists.
HUC-JIR Alumn Rabbi Laurie Coskey, SJCS '83, C '85, Opposes California Proposition 8 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Rabbi Laurie Coskey, who is part of the Union for Reform Judaism, which opposes Proposition 8, balks at Garlow's comments about God being broken-hearted over expanding marriage to homosexuals. "That is pretty presumptive to know how God feels," said Coskey, the Executive Director of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice.
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
Envisioning Maps Opens at HUC-JIR/NY Museum with Artists' Reception September 25, 2008
Thirty-three 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.
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
HUC-JIR to Cosponsor 'Promoting Jewish Literacy in Educational Settings' Conference
The conference, from September 21 through 24, is cosponsored by HUC-JIR, Bar Ilan University, Yeshiva University, and the University of Maryland, where it will be held. Dr. Michael Zeldin, Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR/LA, serves on the academic committee.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation's oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and communal service professionals and offers graduate and post-graduate degree programs for scholars of all faiths. With campuses in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, New York, and Jerusalem, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise renowned library, archive, and museum collections, the American Jewish Archives, biblical archaeology excavations, research centers and institutes, and academic publications. HUC-JIR invites the community to an array of cultural and educational programs that illuminate Jewish history, culture, and contemporary creativity, and foster interfaith and multi-ethnic understanding. Visit us at

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