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Rabbi Jerome K. Davidson Presents New York Founder's Day Sermon:
"When Pekude and Ponzi Meet: Thoughts for Founder's Day"

"Today, time and text are far more personal. We, as a nation, are struggling through the consequences of a destructive orgy of irresponsibility created by greedy, corrupted people misusing their positions and power. In sharp contrast to their behavior, the text speaks of the accountability and integrity leadership demands....Such accountability is the mission of Founder's Day for all of us."
DeLeT Program Celebrates Alumni Achievements at First-Ever Conference
DeLeT - Day School Leadership through Teaching - named to honor the Hebrew word for an entry into a career in day school education - has received national attention as a program of teacher education which is enriching and revitalizing Jewish day school education with its unique vision of developing Jewish teacher leadership. The 3-day conference theme was "MeHazon L'Metziut-From Vision to Reality: Teacher Leaders Integrating Vision into Practice" and was designed to initiate and sustain wider, ongoing contact and collaboration among DeLeT alumni. Attendees came from 14 states and represented the past six years of graduates from the program as well as this year's HUC-JIR and Brandeis University fellows, and current fellows. Laura Lauder, the founder of DeLeT, and the Gary and Laura Lauder Foundation sponsored the conference. Also in attendance were representatives of many of the foundations that helped to bring DeLeT into existence - Don Sylvan, CEO, JESNA, Joni Blinderman, The Covenant Foundation, Chip Edelsberg, The Jim Joseph Foundation, and Rabbi Richard Marker who headed the DeLeT Advisory Board.
First-year HUC-JIR Student Launches "The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue"
Joshua Stanton, first-year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, is the co-editor with Stephanie Hughes, a graduate student at Union Theological Seminary, of the first electronic peer reviewed journal for religious, lay, and non-profit leaders, as well as seminary students and academics. Its goal is to increase both the quality and frequency of interchanges between religious leaders and, ultimately, become a sort of "virtual think-tank" for inter-religious work. The Journal has several members of the HUC-JIR community taking part, including Professor Reuven Firestone, who is serving on its Board of Scholars and Practitioners, and Jason Levine, a first-year rabbinical student, who is working as its Development Editor.
HUC-JIR in the News
Dov Seidman, President's Council Member, Cited in NY Times Op Ed - New York Times
"There is nothing more powerful than inspirational leadership that unleashes principled behavior for a great cause," said Dov Seidman, the C.E.O. of LRN, which helps companies build ethical cultures, and the author of the book "How." What makes a company or a government "sustainable," he added, is not when it adds more coercive rules and regulations to control behaviors. "It is when its employees or citizens are propelled by values and principles to do the right things, no matter how difficult the situation," said Seidman. "Laws tell you what you can do. Values inspire in you what you should do. It's a leader's job to inspire in us those values."
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
National Invitation to Graduation, Investiture, and Ordination
Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR, has announced the class of 2009, who will be ordained, invested, and graduated this spring in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York. He said, "The Class of 2009 emerges from the College-Institute imbued with leadership skills, steeped in knowledge, strengthened by a commitment to service, and dedicated to bringing hope and healing to our troubled world. As they touch the lives of others through their sacred work as rabbis, cantors, educators, communal professionals, scholars, and pastoral care-givers throughout North America and around the world, they will be a source of inspiration and guidance." Rabbi Ellenson announced the Roger E. Joseph Prize, the 2009 Dr. Bernard Heller Prize, and recipients of the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. HUC-JIR alumni will be awarded honorary Doctorates of Divinity, Music, Jewish Religious Education, and Jewish Communal Service, as well as the Founders' Medallion, in recognition of their 25 years of distinguished professional service.
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
Faculty Lectures
Faculty members Aaron Panken, Lawrence Hoffman, Adriane Leveen, and Nancy H. Wiener from HUC-JIR/NY present lectures throughout North America and abroad.
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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