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Welcome to the 2008-2009 Academic Year!
News at HUC-JIR
HUC-JIR Board of Governors Member Peter Joseph Elected New President of Israel Policy Forum
Peter A Joseph, a member of the Board of Governors of HUC-JIR, was elected President of the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), the non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that advocates for active United States engagement and a two-state solution in resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict. Read further coverage in JTA.
Dr. Gary P. Zola Invited to Participate in the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington
Dr. Gary P. Zola, Executive Director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and Associate Professor of the American Jewish Experience at HUC-JIR, has been invited by the National Conference on Citizenship to join a panel of national policy experts to develop an agenda for the next President on citizen participation.
Rabbi Stephen Passamaneck Awarded Highest Chaplain Credential
Rabbi Passamaneck, Ph.D., was honored with the Fellow Credential from the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) for his accomplishments and service.
Rabbi Stacy Offner Joins URJ Staff as Vice President
Rabbi Stacy Offner, N '84, became the first woman to hold the position of Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism when she joined the New York based organization this August.
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
HUC-JIR College Colloquium and Open Houses for College Students
The HUC-JIR College Colloquium is "Ancient Traditions, Modern Religion: What Does Judaism Say?" and will take place March 15-19, 2009. Open houses for prospective students will take place November 9-10, 2008 and March 29-30, 2009 at the Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York campuses. Visit for more information.
HUC-JIR Department of Youth Programs Announces 2008-2009 High School Events
All youth programs events take place on HUC-JIR's historic Cincinnati campus. Programs for High School students include a social action seminar, "Lech L'Yarok: Going Green the Jewish Way," "The Next Top Jewish Role Model," and "Acharai! Forging a Path of Jewish Leadership."
Dr. David Kaufman to Present on '60's Generation at the Center for Jewish History
Dr. Kaufman, Associate Professor of Contemporary American Jewish Studies at HUC-JIR/LA, will be presenting on "Culture Heroes of the '60's Generation: Celebrity Consciousness and Jewish Youth" at the Center for Jewish History in New York Sunday, October 26, 2008.
Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health at HUC-JIR Presents Interdisciplinary Conference in May 2009
"Midrash & Medicine: Imagining Wholeness" is scheduled for May 11-13, 2009. This interdisciplinary conference will be at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California, and is being convened by the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health at HUC-JIR, together with the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center.
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
HUC-JIR/NY Students and Faculty Annual Kallah Launches New School Year
The theme of this year's Kallah was feminism and gender-related issues. For a program on milestones in feminism, Rabbi Sally Priesand, C '72, the first woman ordained at HUC-JIR, came to speak to the participants. Rabbi Renni Altman, Associate Dean and Director of The Rabbinical School at HUC-JIR/NY, stated that through these services and programs, "a sense of community was fostered throughout the two days." Kallah was also the beginning of the classes for the school year.
HUC-JIR School of Sacred Music Announces 2008-2009 Practica and Recital Schedule (PDF)
Cantorial students present practica and recitals.
HUC-JIR in the News
The Teacher - The Jewish Journal (PDF)
Faced with a shortage of top-quality teachers, Jewish day schools here sought ways to streamline qualified professionals into the teaching profession. One solution was the DeLeT program, a fellowship offered in Los Angeles that recruits and trains high-caliber Jewish day school teachers in 13 months.
Visiting Author to Explore Jewish-Muslim Dynamics at Public Forum - The Jewish Exponent
The Jewish Federation's Center for Israel and Overseas will present a free community discussion on "Jews and Muslims: Past, Present and Future" on Monday, Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. in Philadelphia. Reuven Firestone, author of An Introduction to Islam for Jews, will keynote the discussion and sign copies of his book. Firestone is Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR/LA.
Jewish Guides to Christianity - The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle
Called a "groundbreaking, solution-oriented book," Modern Jews Engage the New Testament; Enhancing Jewish Well-Being in a Christian Environment (Jewish Lights Publishing) by Rabbi Michael J. Cook, aims to equip Jews to engage the New Testament and help resolve interfaith controversies when they arise. Rabbi Cook is Professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literatures and holds the Sol and Arlene Bronstein Professorship in Judeo-Christian Studies at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.
Longtime Temple Israel Cantor Dies - Tulsa World
Harry Sebran, Cantor Emeritus at Temple Israel in Tulsa, died at the age of 86. In 1951, he was in the first graduating class of Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music in New York.
New Plano Rabbi is First Woman to Lead a North Texas Synagogue - The Dallas Morning News
Rabbi Wendy Pein, N '97, made local history earlier this month on her first day of work at Adat Chaverim, the Reform Jewish synagogue in Plano.
Many Mansions - Sojourners Magazine
HUC-JIR/NY is part of another student–led group that brings together seminarians from across the religious spectrum. The Interseminary Dialogue of New York City has a mailing list of 60 students from Reform, Conservative, and Modern Orthodox rabbinical schools, plus Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant Christian seminaries.
Two Houstonians Credit JCRS with their Path to Success - The Jewish Herald-Voice
Houston native, Dallas' Rabbi Jeremy Schneider (Temple Shalom) is one of the Jewish Children's Regional Service's many successes. Rabbi Schneider followed his undergraduate degree with Jewish studies at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. He earned rabbinic ordination at HUC-JIR/LA in May 2006.
JCMI Welcomes New Rabbi - Marco Eagle
Rabbi Edward M. Maline earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in Hebrew letters and later was ordained rabbi at HUC-JIR. In 1989, after twenty-five years of distinguished service as a rabbi, Maline was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity by HUC-JIR. He has been a rabbi for forty-five years, has been greatly influenced by Jewish philosophers Abraham Heschel, Mordecai Kaplan, and Martin Buber.
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