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Alysa Stanton to Appear on CBS Early Show
Please look out for a live interview with the first African-American woman to be ordained a rabbi on the CBS Early Show on Monday morning, June 1, at 7-9 am
Rabbi David Ellenson to Teach at OSRUI-Lehrhaus - URJ
Rabbi David Ellenson will lecture on "Are the Streams of Judaism (Conservative, Orthodox, Reform) Melding into One or Two?" on July 9-12 at the OSRUI-Lehrhaus, located at the Olin-Sang-Ruby Institute in Oconomowoc, WI. Also teaching that weekend will be Rabbi Capers C. Funnye, Jr., of the Beth Shalom B'nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Chicago, who will lecture on "The Development of Judaism in the African American Community." The OSRUI-Lehrhaus is open to all adults interested in lifelong Jewish learning and living.
Dr. Reuven Firestone Lecturing on "Muslims between Tradition and Modernity"
Dr. Reuven Firestone is currently lecturing at Potsdam University in a conference on "Muslims between Tradition and Modernity," organized in co-operation with Abraham Geiger College. The conference has some 600 participants from 30 countries. For more about this conference, please click here:
Upcoming Events
Rabbi Stacy Offner To Speak At WRT -
At the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Offner is responsible for overseeing the Union's North American Board of Trustees, and promoting leadership and development among its members. Prior to joining the Union in August, 2008, Offner spent nearly 25 years as a congregational rabbi in Minneapolis. She was the first woman rabbi in the state of Minnesota, and was the founding rabbi of Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis.
Common Ground between Shakers and Jews - iBerkshires
Hancock Shaker Village and Congregation Knesset Israel will present two collaborative events exploring the shared customs from the Shaker tradition and from Judaism, two cultures of peace. A panel discussion between noted Shaker and Jewish scholars Rabbi Steve Fuchs, and Dr. M. Stephen Miller and Shaker historian Stephen Paterwic will take place on Sunday, May 31st, 4:00pm at Congregation Knesset Israel Synagogue (16 Colt Road in Pittsfield, Massachusetts).
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Debbie Friedman's New CD: As You Go On Your Way: Shacharit - the Morning Prayers - URJ
As You Go On Your Way: Shacharit - the Morning Prayers, the newest release from Debbie Friedman, Instructor in Music at HUC-JIR/NY, includes thirty-four tracks of liturgy from the morning service, based on the new Mishkan T'filah prayer book, with traditional options where appropriate. Debbie says of this new CD, "I hope (it) will give people the opportunity to pray in an intimate and personal way... I want to help people to begin their day with an open heart, to learn to pray in a comfortable, non-threatening way. Now, when so many are feeling anxious and stressed, the comfort and sense of peace that prayer brings can be a wonderful experience-the perfect way to begin the day."
The New Study Guide for The Torah: A Women's Commentary, Parashat Naso, is Now Available - WRJ
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The New Study Guide for The Torah: A Women's Commentary, Parashat Pinchas, is Now Available - WRJ
The New Study Guide for The Torah: A Women's Commentary, Parashat Pinchas (July 11, 2009), is now available online. Go to to access the User's Guide and Torah Study Guides.
HUC-JIR in the News
Alysa Stanton Becomes First Female Black Rabbi - ABC News
Growing up in a black, Pentecostal family in Cleveland, Alysa Stanton never imagined the day when she would be preparing to be ordained as a Jewish rabbi.
Ready to be first black female rabbi - Lexington Herald Leader
The last time I talked with Alysa Stanton, she said she would have converted to Judaism and submitted to the rigors of becoming a rabbi even if she had been the 50,000th African-American woman to do so instead of the history-making first. And now, as she is preparing for her ordination on June 6 and her transition to her new job with a congregation in Greenville, N.C., she feels the same way.
US: First African-American Woman to be Ordained as Rabbi - Ynet News
Born in a Christian home, Alysa Stanton converted to Judaism when she was 20 and will be ordained as a Reform rabbi in two weeks. 'It's difficult paving new ground,' she told ABC news, 'and although I'm honored and in awe that God has given me this responsibility, it's one that I do not take lightly'
Interfaith Dialogue Put To The Test - NY Jewish Week
In an expansive room at Auburn Theological Seminary on 121st Street in Upper Manhattan, a diverse group of Jewish and Protestant seminarians are munching on kosher food and discussing Just War Theory, a doctrine that outlines the moral justifications and prerequisites for waging war. They are seated in two small circles of eight students each, a mixture of both faiths, and their attention is focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the Christian camp, students hail from the General Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary. More diversely represented, however, are the Jewish rabbinical schools, with rabbinical students representing Hebrew Union College, JTS, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and - perhaps most startling - Yeshiva University.
Action: Cyber Innovations - Reform Judaism Magazine
The Movement's future rabbis are also being trained with new technology. This past year, fourth- and fifth-year rabbinical students at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles learned and interacted in real time with classmates studying at the seminary's New York campus. Their professors-Dr. Tamara Eskenazi, a professor of Bible in Los Angeles, and Dr. Andrea Weiss, an assistant professor of Bible in New York-introduced team-teaching with a Smartboard (an electronic "blackboard"), high definition cameras, and ceiling microphones, allowing students to exchange ideas and, during a short class break, kibbitz across the miles.
Resetting - An Unprecedented Meeting of Philanthropists - The Huffington Post
On April 29th, UpStart Bay Area, a new nonprofit dedicated to supporting innovative Jewish social entrepreneurs, organized a conversation on "Stepping into New Territory: Rethinking Social Enterprise." In partnership with Northern California Grantmakers and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, philanthropists and grant-makers from within and beyond the Bay Area Jewish community were invited to gather to discuss issues and challenges surrounding the funding of innovation. Dr. Steven M. Cohen of Hebrew Union College-Jewsh Institute of Religion provided responsive comments as well.
Remembering the Chaplains - Glendale News Press
At 3:55 a.m. on Feb. 3, 1943, the Dorchester, with 751 soldiers aboard, was struck amidships by a single torpedo from a lurking German U-boat, taking out the engine room and leaving the ship and two thirds of those on board with but 20 minutes to live. Amid the chaos, four Army Chaplains, handed out life jackets and attempted to calm the terrified young soldiers. When the last jackets had been handed out, the chaplains unhesitatingly gave their own life jackets and the chance to live to four others. Despite the differences in religious belief and background, the four chaplains had become fast friends while attending the Harvard University Military Chaplain School in late 1942. lexander Goode, a native of Brooklyn, attended high school in Washington, D.C., medaling in tennis, swimming and track. Following in the footsteps of his rabbi father, he completed his rabbinical studies at Hebrew Union College in 1937 and his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University in 1940.
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