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Modern Jewish 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 father of Modern Jewish theology, will be honored on the occasion of his 85th birthday with a symposium exploring the impact of his religious thought on American Jewry. The Goldner-Panken Symposium will take place on February 17, 2009 at 10:45 a.m. at HUC-JIR/NY.
Leon Klenicki, Rabbi Who Bridged Gaps Between Faiths, Dies at 78 - The New York Times
In 1959, while a student at the University of Buenos Aires, Leon Klenicki won a scholarship to HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. He received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Cincinnati and his rabbinical diploma and a master's degree from HUC-JIR. Interfaith dialogue was the subject of his theses for both his bachelor's and rabbinical degrees. A year after his ordination in 1967, Rabbi Klenicki spoke at the gathering of Latin American Catholic and Jewish leaders in Bogota. Two thousand years of history made the discussion difficult, he said. But he added: "The time of hope has arrived. The task is hard, but not impossible."
HUC-JIR Students and Alumni to Lead First Annual World-Wide-'Storah Weekend'
Rabbi Elliot Baskin, C '85, D.Min '93, HUC-JIR Cantorial student Josh Breitzer, Rabbi Howie Goldsmith, N '07, and Rabbi Fred Reeves, C '05, will be leading Storahtelling events February 6-8, after completing training at HUC-JIR/NY in January. Isa Aron, Professor of Jewish Education at HUC-JIR/LA said, "Storahtelling's approach is so powerful and so important in increasing the level of learning and engagement in congregations. Maven training is truly the next frontier."
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
Academy for Adult Interfaith Studies Spring 2009 Courses (PDF)
The Academy for Adult Interfaith Studies at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati offers a wide variety of non-credit courses in religious studies for the adult learner. HUC-JIR faculty, alumni, and students teach many of the courses.
Dr. Phil Miller Speaks at Dedication of the Office of the Gottesman Library in memory of Jacob I. Dienstag, at Yeshiva University
Philip E. Miller, Ph.D., A.M.L.S., Director of the Klau Library, HUC-JIR/NY, said, "Jacob Dienstag had a deep and abiding love of the Jewish tradition. He loved the Hebrew and Yiddish languages equally (although he did part company with those lovers of Yiddish who spurned their Jewish tradition). He loved Jewish books and Jewish scholarship."
School of Sacred Music Alumni Webinars with Cantor Bruce Ruben
School of Sacred Music Alumni are invited to two webinars with Cantor Bruce Ruben, Director of the School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR. The sessions will be held March 13, 2009, and March 15, 2009, both at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. School of Sacred Music Alumni will receive details via email.
HUC-JIR in the News
Rabbi David Posner on 'Mad About Music' - WNYC
HUC-JIR Board of Governors member Rabbi David Posner, Ph.D., C '73, appeared on WNYC Sunday, February 01, 2009, on 'Mad About Music.' As the celebrity guest, he discussed his career, music, and selected the recordings played. The full transcript and recording is available online.
Despite Distance, Jews Do Feel a Connection - The Jerusalem Post
"Both populations report substantial ties of family, friendship and communication with Jews in the other country. Israelis, in fact, report more such ties, perhaps [reflecting] the significant number of Israelis who have taken up residence in the US," reports sociologist Steven Cohen of HUC-JIR.
The Bible and The Torah can Provide Financial Advice, Some Say - The Register-Herald
HUC-JIR student Josh Franklin maintained that the Torah is a great adviser on financial ethics. "The Torah teaches that we are to treat our workers fairly and honestly. 'You shall not steal, neither shall you deal falsely, nor lie to your fellow, nor shall you oppress your fellow or rob him. The wages of a worker shall not be left unpaid until the morning," Franklin said, referencing Leviticus 19:11, 13.
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
Rabbi Shirley Idelson to Speak on 'From Kugel to Kellogg's: The Creation of an American Jewish Appetite' at Congregation Emanu-El
Rabbi Idelson, Dean of HUC-JIR/NY, will lead this program Monday, March 16th at 10:30 a.m., at Emanu-El, for their Women's Auxiliary Members.
Rabbi Andrea Weiss Named Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Israel of New Rochelle
Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/NY and Associate Editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary, will be the Sid and Ruth Lapidus Scholar in Residence at Temple Israel of New Rochelle on March 20-21, 2009. Rabbi Weiss will speak at Erev Shabbat Service Friday night and lead an expanded Torah Study on Saturday morning.
Rabbi Mark Kligman on Satellite Radio
Rabbi Mark Kligman, Ph.D., Professor of Jewish Musicology at HUC-JIR/NY, will be a guest on "Rabbi Wechsler Teaches," Thursday, February 5, 2009. The show will air live from 6:00-7:00 p.m., with his interview at 6:15pm. The show is a one-hour Jewish program focusing on Shabbat Shirah. It appears on Satellite Radio XM 155 and Cirus 102 and will be re-broadcasted from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
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