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A New Way Forward - Update #1 - July 20, 2009
In order to implement A New Way Forward, adopted by the Board of Governors on June 23, 2009, to make Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion financially sustainable while maintaining outstanding academic quality as "one institution" with a presence on all four existing campuses, a Board Oversight Task Force (BOTF) has been established. The BOTF consists of 10 committees: Academic Programs and Faculty; Accreditation and Assessment; Administration; Constituent Relations; Fundraising and Development; Information Technology; Jerusalem Savings, Reductions, and Revenue Enhancements; Properties and Buildings; Programmatic Partnerships with Sister Institutions; Student Support Programs.
Twelve DeLeT Fellows Receive Certificates in Jewish Day School Teaching
For the first time in the history of the State of California teachers will have earned their California teaching credentials by studying at a Jewish institution. The Rhea Hirsch School of Education launched 12 DeLeT fellows into careers as day school teachers at a culminating ceremony on the Los Angeles campus on July 23. Having completed an intensive thirteen (13) month program of study and teaching internships, the 12 graduates, all dynamic professionals, will bring their enthusiasm and pedagogic expertise to their new day school teaching positions.
The 2009 Dr. Bernard Heller Prize Address Dr. Arno G. Motulsky, Professor Emeritus, Departments of Medicine and Genome Studies, University of Washington
I sometimes ask myself whether my Jewish background and my unusual experiences of Nazi persecution during adolescence influenced my choice of human and medical genetics as my life's work. Most likely my ancestry made it more likely for me to study the genetics of Jewish populations and their diseases aided by delving into Jewish history.
Alumni News
CARLSBAD: Temple Etz Rimon gets Permanent Rabbi - North County Times
"I was deeply committed to fighting injustice and protecting the disadvantaged," Rabbi Karen Sherman said. "Later, I realized that what I had been feeling all along was really a calling to become a rabbi."
Temple Sinai welcomes Rabbi Teri Appleby - Reno Gazette Journal
Prior to her ordination, Rabbi Teri Appleby was a deputy public defender in Los Angeles County. She earned her juris doctorate from the University of Southern California Law Center and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford University.
AJL Hires Community Scholar - The Jewish Chronicle
As Rabbi Scott Aaron entered the Agency for Jewish Learning Monday, he noticed the sign at the entrance bearing the inscription: "Jewish education means Jewish survival." "I thought, 'yes, but. ...'" he said. After a pause, he finished the thought: "Quality Jewish education is imperative to Jewish survival."
Roaming rabbi finds a new home - Jackson Clarion Ledger
At age 9, she dreamed of being an astronaut or a rabbi. Either job would have brought her closer to God, but Batsheva Appel chose the latter.
Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk: Snapshot -
"I was inspired to become a rabbi because I wanted to be a teacher. The rabbinate enables me to teach and provide support to people at major moments in their lives. I truly value sharing the teachings of the Jewish tradition; it's a unique pathway as a teacher."
Temple Emanuel Hires New Rabbi - St. Louis Jewish Light
"Rabbi Justin Kerber brings with him great intellect, personal warmth, and respect for our Congregation's traditions and culture. He also possesses a strategic vision for connecting with today's young Jews and engaging them in congregational life. This perspective will be quite valuable to us as we, like so many other congregations, address the demographic shift that has occurred in our membership."
From Stage to 'Bima' - New Jersey Jewish News
Then came the terror and shock of 9/11, "a big factor" in Epstein's decision to enroll some time later at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin to Lead Temple Israel Part Time - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin of Atlanta, a best-selling author and former senior rabbi at The Temple in Atlanta, begins leading weekend services at Temple Israel today and will commute to the Columbus congregation two weekends per month for about a year.
HUC-JIR in the News
Judaism gets in touch with its feminine side - Jerusalem Post
Naamah Kelman, the newly appointed dean of the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, is the first woman to be appointed to this position in Israel. She was also the first woman to be ordained in Israel.
Jews, Muslims Share Sacred Texts -
On Wednesday night, June 17, a melange of Angelinos gathered in the downstairs cafeteria of the Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation mosque. Some wore kippot, others kufis, some women wore their hair in long curls and others covered themselves in headscarves, but all united for a shared evening of conversation, dinner and Islamic and Judaic text study.
When The Going Gets Tough, Where Do You Go? - The Jewish Journal
"The Jewish institutional response and the Jewish communal response to the economic crisis has been remarkable," said Richard Siegel, interim director of the School of Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). Individuals, agencies, synagogues and umbrella organizations "have responded quickly, creatively and with a level of seriousness that this situation requires," Siegel continued. "I think it has been an extraordinary example of a community responding to a crisis in a concrete and deliberative way."
Early Expatriates Got the Cold Shoulder -
The official policy of turning a cold shoulder to the Israeli expatriate population is well documented. Anna Schwarz, a graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, wrote her 2009 master's thesis on Israelis living in Los Angeles, in which she discussed at length the Jewish American establishment's reaction to Israeli immigrants in the 1970s and thereafter.
Post-Racial Rabbis - Moment Magazine
Like any new rabbi, Stanton is looking forward to stepping into the pulpit after years of preparation. She's especially excited about Congregation Bayt Shalom. "It's a growing, vibrant community. The congregation is inclusive, there are interfaith families and there are lots of children, there's a major university and a Level-1 trauma center there, so there's opportunity for growth," she says.
Why We Mourn on the Ninth of Av - The Forward
Dr. Mark Washofsky writes, "We have learned to read the traditional liturgy of Tisha B'Av - the biblical book of Eicha (Lamentations), the day's Torah readings, the kinot (dirges) - not as an effort to explain or to justify the destruction but as a call to respond to it by redoubling our commitment to search our souls, to purify our conduct and to renew our shaken-but-not-shattered faith in the ultimate triumph of good over evil."
Summertime, And the Living's Not Easy - Jewish Week
Dr. Lawrence Hoffman writes: "The Temple was destroyed, say our Sages, because of sins our ancestors committed. We prepare for Tisha b'Av best by admitting our own tendency to fall short of absolute virtue."
The Unfolding Economic Crisis: Its Devastating Implications for American Jewry - Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs - Institute for Global Jewish Affairs
Dr. Steven Windmueller writes: "The full impact of the current economic crisis may not be felt for years. In the midst of it, core institutions are being fundamentally reshaped and individual lifestyles reconstructed. These economic challenges threaten the existing infrastructure of the American Jewish community, leading to a new order of institutions and leaders."
Let's Bring Innovation Into the Fold - The Jewish Journal
The shifting landscape of Los Angeles is a microcosm of the Jewish future. L.A.'s Jewish community is a diffuse, non-hierarchical and self-organizing patchwork of networks and communities, each serving the fluid and porous identities of their constituents. That makes it an ideal laboratory for the Jewish communal paradigm of the 21st century. The Professional Leaders Project and HUC-JIR's DeLeT are developing new professional and volunteer leadership.
Embracing the Challenge: Reuven Firestone on Jewish-Muslim Dialogue - Interreligious Dialogue
Rabbinical student Joshua Stanton interviews Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam HUC-JIR/Los Angeles
Hebrew Union College Ordains Three New Rabbis with BCC Connections - Beth Chayim Chadashim
Most of the BCC members in attendance sat in the section designated for Rabbi Joseph B. Hample, who has served as BCC's student rabbi for the past two years and is married to longtime BCC member Barry Wendell. But we also cheered loudly for Rabbi Rachel Timoner, wife of BCC's Executive Director Felicia Park-Rogers, and for Rabbi Joshua Whinston, who has graced our bimah as leader of our monthly Ruach Chayim service on Shabbat evenings, a service he created with special music to enhance our spiritual and liturgical repertoire.
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
Faculty Updates
  • Mark Kligman, Professor of Jewish Musicology at HUC-JIR/NY, presented on "Jewish musical studies in Ethnomusicology" at the Association of Jewish Libraries annual meeting in Chicago in July. In August, he will be presenting at the World Congress of Jewish Studies at Hebrew University in Israel.
  • Joyce Rosenzweig was a Scholar-in-Residence at the American Conference of Cantors Convention in Chicago, conducted at the North American Jewish Choral Festival and conducted the SSM choir in a concert at Temple Beth Emeth in Albany, and has a new CD out entitled Chalamti Chalom (I Dreamt a Dream) with Cantor David Berger (SSM 2007). She was also honored by the alumni of the SSM at the ACC convention in Chicago.
  • Dr. Jonathan Cohen, Director, HUC-UC Ethics Center, and Associate Professor of Talmud and Halachic Literature, presented on "Mental Disposition, Transgression, and Punishment" at the XXXIst International Congress on Law and Mental Health, held at New York University Law School on June 28-July 3, 2009.
  • Dr. S. David Sperling, Professor of Bible, will participate in a panel discussion on "Religion and the Death Penalty" at the New York City Bar Association in collaboration with the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists and the Muslim Bar Association of New York, on July 29 at 6:30 p.m-8:30 p.m. Admission Free. NYC Bar Association is located at 42 West 44th Streeet, New York City.
  • Lawrence Hoffman is profiled in Jewish Sages of Today: Profiles of Extraordinary People, edited by Aryeh Rubin. The book profiles 27 individuals from across the U.S. and Israel and their unique contribution, motivation, and commitment to the Jweish people.
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