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Statement by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
The Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) has endorsed a direction for its future structure that will allow HUC-JIR to maintain its presence in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, while seeking consolidation and integration of administration, faculty, programs, and research resources. Recruitment efforts for all programs will continue, while expanding distance education/e-learning modalities will be vigorously explored so that the academic integrity and quality of the institution can be enhanced.

For full text of Statement, please click here.
URJ, CCAR Supports HUC-JIR Leadership
We applaud the Board of Governors of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion for affirming a thoughtful and responsible approach for moving forward. As partners with the College-Institute, we share a vision of a vibrant, dynamic and collaborative Reform Judaism. This action represents an exciting opportunity to unify the College-Institute into a single institution as part of a strong and thriving Reform Movement.

For the complete text of the URJ-CCAR Statement, please click here.
HUC-JIR Schools of Education Sponsor College Fellows at National Association of Temple Educators Conference
The HUC-JIR Schools of Education sponsored 10 college-aged men and women who are hoping to make Jewish Education their chosen career path at the NATE Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Fellows participated in workshops where they delved into the rationale and purpose behind Jewish Education and learned about the many ways they can individually contribute to this stimulating and rewarding field. As a result of participating in the NATE conference, Fellows have solidified their desire to enter the field of Jewish Education and have increased their enthusiasm to contribute in new ways to this popular and ever-growing field.
Dr. Reuven Firestone to Participate in International Conference on Mohammed
Dr. Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Jewish Studies at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, will present a paper on "Meanings of Muhammad in Pre-Modern Jewish Literatures" at the international conference "Crossing Boundaries, Creating Images: In Searth of the Prophet Muhammad in Literary and Visual Traditions," organized by the Max-Planck-Institute and presented at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz. The three day conference will bring together thirty distinguished scholars whose work explores the varied ways in which the Prophet Muhammad has been constructed and imagined through both European eyes and within Islamic traditions.
HUC-JIR in the News
Women of Reform Judaism Newsletter Reports on Support of HUC-JIR Rabbinical Student - WRJ
WRJ's YES Fund (Youth, Education, and Special Projects) supports a wide range of projects but one of the longest-standing is the support of rabbinical students, at home and abroad, who study at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. One of these rabbinical students was (now) Rabbi Kim Ettlinger, associate Rabbi of Peninsula Temple Shalom in Burlingame, California. Ettlinger is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa but her family moved to Perth Australia when she was 12. She says that ever since she was aware that it was possible to be a rabbi, she knew that it was what she wanted to do.
Rabbi Couple Blaze a Trail -
Gaylia Rooks and Joe Rooks Rapport met, married, and received their ordination certificates at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Now, twenty five years later, they both received their honorary doctorates.
Good Job: Growth of Service Learning for the Jews -
4th-year rabbinical student Jessy Gross writes: "While many in our parent's generation may have marched in Selma in the civil rights movement to pursue justice in their time, it is this generation's chance to weave service learning into the fabric of meaningful Jewish education. We hold the key to grow an approach to education that is both 'roll up your sleeves and get dirty' and vital in shaping one's Jewish identity."
Denker Receives Honorary Doctorate from HUC-JIR - Cleveland Jewish News
Rabbi Steven L. Denker of Temple Emanu El received a Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). The degree was granted at HUC-JIR's New York graduation ceremony in April.
Toronto Shul Votes in Favour of Same-Sex Marriage - The Canadian Jewish News
The First Narayever Congregation - an unaffiliated, traditional egalitarian synagogue and the largest shul in downtown Toronto - has voted overwhelmingly in favour of its rabbi, Rabbi Edward Elkin, N '90, officiating at same-sex marriages.
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
Eugene Borowitz Leading Session During the Leadership Institute's Summer Seminar
Eugene Borowitz will be leading a session on Sunday June 28th titled Mapping a Theological Journey and then another one on Tuesday June 30th titled Taking the Next Steps in the Journey during the Leadership Institute's summer seminar.
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
Tartak Learning Center Offers Resources to Educators
The Tartak Learning Center at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles offers a full spectrum of resources for educators, including lesson plans, craft ideas and supplies, games and Jewish toys, multimedia resources, curriculum guides, books, a/v equipment, posters, Hebrew flashcards, and more.
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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