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Dr. Steven F. Windmueller Presented with the Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Chair in Jewish Communal Service
A gifted teacher, writer, and commentator on trends in the American Jewish community, Dr. Steven Windmueller has pioneered significant research and studies of Jewish community relations agencies, Latino-Jewish relations in Los Angeles, the practice of Jewish community relations, and Jewish political behavior. "In presenting him with the Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Chair in Jewish Communal Service, established in honor of the past President of the College-Institute and founder of HUC-JIR's School of Jewish Communal Service, we recognize Dr. Windmueller's great contributions to our students, Communal Service program, and the larger Jewish community," said Rabbi Ellenson. Click here for Dr. Windmueller's address.
HUC-JIR Faculty Participating in Conference on Aging
Michele Prince, Director of the Kalsman Instititute on Judaism and Health, Dr. Bruce Phillips, Professor of Jewish Communal Service, and Professor Gerry Bubis, Founder of the School of Jewish Communal Service, will be participating in the 2009 Conference of the Association of Jewish Aging Services, "Thriving in an Age of Change: Meeting the Needs of our Jewish Communities", in La Jolla, California, March 15-18. Prince and Phillips will present a workshop on "Flourishing or Failing: Who are Today's Jewish Seniors and How to Advocate to Meet their Needs." Bubis will present on "Tomorrow's Jewish Aged."
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
Judith Margolis: Countdown to Perfection-Meditations on the Sefirot at HUC-JIR/NY Museum
Judith Margolis, an Israel-based American artist, makes one-of-a-kind and limited edition artist's books. This exceptional Omer Counter identifies forty-nine personality traits that, taken together, map a mystical journey of change. An examination of kabalistic insights and meditations offers personal inspiration and spiritual discipline. A reception will be held Wednesday, March 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at HUC-JIR/NY.
School of Sacred Music to Present Composers' Showcase on March 26th
Save the Date for the School of Sacred Music's HUC-JIR Composers' Showcase on Thursday, March 26, 2009. The concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Minnie Petrie Synagogue at HUC-JIR/NY. The concert will feature original works by current HUC-JIR students and faculty in a variety of styles, including liturgical, folk, and other Jewish music.
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
Jacob Rader Marcus Center Announces the Launch of the Isaac Mayer Wise Digital Archive
Dr. Gary P. Zola and the staff of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives are honored to announce The Isaac Mayer Wise Digital Archive.
Rethinking... When Misheberach Isn't Enough - Reform Judaism
Rabbi Julie Pelc, Assistant Director of the HUC-JIR Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health, writes an article on the concept of misheberach prayer where Jews request "a complete healing- healing of the soul and healing of the body- along with all the ill among the people of Israel- soon, speedily, without delay."
HUC-JIR in the News
An Appreciation of Islam: Q&A with Rabbi Reuven Firestone - The Jewish Journal
Reuven Firestone is both rabbi and renowned Islamic scholar. A professor of medieval Jewish and Islamic studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and senior fellow at USC's Center for Religion and Civic Culture, Firestone's interfaith work is not focused on reaching political common ground but on understanding shared religious experiences.
Holocaust Torah Visits Ridgecrest - The Daily Independent
The Yanov Torah, a survivor of the Holocaust, came to services at Temple Beth Torah in Ridgecrest, CA. The Torah, which resides at HUC-JIR/LA, was brought by student Rabbi Rebecca Reice.
Study finds Jewish leaders open to LGBT community - Philadelphia Gay News
A recent study found that a majority of Jewish leaders are open to welcoming LGBT people into their congregations. Jewish Mosaic, which seeks to foster the inclusion of LGBT individuals in Jewish congregations, and the Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, employed both an electronic survey and a series of interviews with rabbis from across the nation over the past few months to evaluate where the Jewish community stands on LGBT inclusion.
A Call to Action to Ensure That Gays Are Welcome in the Community - Jewish Exponent
A recent transdenominational study shows significant support among North American congregations for embracing diverse populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. That's the good news. Less positive -- but not surprising -- was the finding that 73 percent of the 760 rabbis responding to the survey felt that their congregations were doing a good or excellent job welcoming LGBTQ folks to their communities, even though very few were doing anything to explicitly signal such a welcome.
The Pebbles of Holiness - The Jewish Week
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D., Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at HUC-JIR, writes about "The Pebbles of Holiness": "Judaism is inconceivable without the concept of the sacred (or "holy" - they mean the same). We are commanded to augment the world's supply of holiness, and this week's parashah explains how... we are able to propel the kind of pebbles we want, not the demonic that damages, but the sacred that enhances the God-like soul of people we will never even know."
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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