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Reform Theology Scholars to Honor Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz on 85th Birthday
Goldner-Panken Symposium to feature Rabbi David Ellenson and international panel, including Dr. Borowitz, Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Simon Cooper, and Rabbi Jonathan Crane

Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz, the internationally recognized dean of Reform theology, will be honored on the occasion of his 85th birthday with a symposium exploring the impact of his religious thought on the Reform Movement. The Goldner-Panken Symposium will take place on February 17, 2009 at 10:45 a.m. at HUC-JIR/NY.
HUC-JIR Education Alumni Win National Jewish Book Award
HUC-JIR education alumni Paul A. Flexner and Roberta Goodman, along with their colleague Linda Bloomberg, received the National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Education and Identity for What We NOW Know about Jewish Education, published by Torah Aura Productions. HUC-JIR faculty and alumni, including Steven M. Cohen, Jo Kay, Evie Rotstein, Diane Schuster, Lisa Grant, Cyd Weissman, Sally Klein Katz, Rob Weinberg, Sam Joseph, Bruce Phillips, Stuart Kelman, Gerald Bubis, Kerry Olitzky, and Joel Lurie Grishaver, contributed chapters to this work. Publishers Joel Grishaver and Josh Barkin, are also HUC-JIR alumni.
Interfaith Pioneer Rabbi Leon Klenicki Dies - JTA
A leading figure in efforts to promote Jewish-Christian understanding, Klenicki was made a Papal Knight by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 in recognition of his historic contributions to improving relations between Catholics and Jews. He worked for the ADL for 28 years before his retirement in 2001. A native of Argentina, Klenicki was ordained at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati. He was a member of an Argentine government commission to investigate Nazi activities in Argentina from 1933 to 1945.
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
Symposium Honors 40 Years of SJCS at HUC-JIR
"The Changing Landscape of Jewish Professional Leadership: A Symposium in Honor of the 40th Anniversary of the School of Jewish Communal Service" will be held Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at HUC-JIR/LA.
Rabbi Coming to Austin to Explore Common Ground that Jews, Palestinians Share - The Austin American-Statesman
Rabbi Reuven Firestone will be a scholar in residence for a weekend at Congregation Beth Israel, Austin's largest synagogue, where he will give presentations on Judaism and Islam Friday through Feb. 1. Firestone is professor of Medieval Jewish and Islamic Studies at HUC-JIR/LA.
Temple B'nai Israel will Host Southern States Jewish Literary Series - The Hattiesburg American
Dr. Joel M. Hoffman will be the Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Sinai in New Orleans from January 30-February 1, 2009. In February, he will travel throughout Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi on a book tour for In The Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language. From March 15-16, 2009, he will be the Goldstein-Leibson Scholar in Residence in Louisville, where he will lecture on the Dead Sea Scrolls.
HUC-JIR in the News
Catholics, Jews Mourn Rabbi Signer - The Catholic Star Herald
Upon news of his death, expressions of gratitude and praise poured in from Catholic leaders in the interreligious field. "I would say his influence on Catholic-Jewish relations in the United States was of great importance," said Father James Massa. "As a scholar of ancient Christian texts and as a teacher for a generation of students at Notre Dame, Michael Signer brought a wealth of erudition and critical insight to the Catholic Church's dialogue with Judaism," he added.
Public Prayers at Obama's Inauguration Raise Important Issues - The Kansas City Star
Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman of HUC-JIR/NY, author of books and articles on public prayer, had wondered if he would feel included in the prayers of the two Christian clergy. After the event, he said he appreciated Warren's "heartfelt attempt" to be inclusive "while remaining true to his own sense of Christian conscience." Lowery's prayer, the rabbi said, joined everyone listening as Americans" and "showed how all of us could shout a hearty, 'Amen.'"
Longtime Beth Am Rabbi Zweiback Heading to Jerusalem This Summer - Los Altos Town Crier
Rabbi Josh Zweiback of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills has been appointed director of the Year-in-Israel Program at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, effective July 1. Zweiback, a Los Altos resident, has served Congregation Beth Am for the past 10 years. During his tenure at Beth Am, Zweiback initiated numerous educational programs, including Tzavta, a family b'nai mitzvah enrichment program; Hagigah, a theater-based children's education program; Hadracha, a teacher training initiative; and helped found Gan Ami, Beth Am's early childhood education program.
Police Chaplain Program: Reverend and Rabbi Offer Support to Community - The Redding Pilot
Rabbi Leah Cohen has been with Temple B'nai Chaim since July 2000, following her ordination from HUC-JIR. Her rabbinical experience includes serving as a student rabbi during her five years of preparation in pulpits in Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, St. Thomas, USVI and Lyon, France. "I was really honored," she said of Chief Fuchs' offer to become a police chaplain. "When I think about police and the sacrifices they make, I knew this was something I could do to help both the officers and the community."
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
HUC-JIR Leadership Institute Heads to Israel
On Thursday, February 5, 2009, over 40 Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators (LICSE) participants and mentors will travel to Israel for a 10-day seminar. This seminar will examine the central role that Israel plays in Jewish education and how educational leaders can make Israel a relevant and vital component of congregational schools.
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