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Welcoming the New Academic Year
Students across HUC-JIR's stateside campuses are beginning their studies or returning from their summer internships, chaplaincy training, and infield social responsibility projects with energy, vision, and anticipation for the 2009-2010 academic year.
Richard Siegel Appointed Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
As Interim Director since December 2007, Siegel has drafted a new strategic plan for the SJCS that envisions a dynamic center for Jewish professional leadership, both in the school's traditional masters degree graduate program, as well as in a newly conceived program of professional development for Jewish communal professionals already working in the field.
Dr. David K. Dirlam Appointed Coordinator of Institutional Research and Assessment at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Dr. Dirlam has a rich and impressive record in the area of institutional research, is widely published, and has developed his own interview techniques for assessment. Most recently he has served as Senior Assessment Coordinator at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Rabbi Dr. Marc Rosenstein Appointed Director of the Israel Rabbinical Program at HUC-JIR/ Jerusalem
Rabbi Rosenstein will direct this program while continuing to direct the The Galilee Foundation for Value Education, the educational institution he currently heads.
"Pluralistic Jewish Education: Trends and Challenges" Conference Co-Sponsored by HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
A scholarly conference entitled Pluralistic Jewish Education: Trends and Challenges, jointly sponsored by the Melton Center for Jewish Education of the Hebrew University and HUC-JIR, was held in Jerusalem on July 27-28. The conference aimed to grapple with some key issues confronting those interested in advancing a pluralistic approach to Jewish education. What does pluralism mean and what are its limitations? Who are our partners in this work? How do the political realities of life in Israel affect the debate on pluralism? Are the sources of pluralism to be found within Jewish culture or outside it? How do communities and schools embrace pluralistic attitudes and programs? What is the role of the individual teacher? See Dr. Michael Marmur's blog on the conference at:
Faculty at 2009 World Congress of Jewish Studies
Scholars from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion played a notable role at the Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, held in Jerusalem August 2-6, 2009. Professor Michael A. Meyer addressed a plenary session devoted to 'Secularization and Religion' and gave an address entitled 'Research and Religion: Conflicting or Complementary?" Among the 1400 or so lectures delivered during the Congress, members of our faculty from our four campuses played an important part in the proceedings.
Joy Wasserman, HUC-JIR National Director of Alumni Affairs, Selected for Inaugural Cohort of Jim Joseph Foundation Fellows
Chosen from among a group of hundreds of nominees to be in the very first cohort of Jim Joseph Foundation Fellows, Wasserman will be working on a project that will put her at the forefront of change in the way Jewish educators interact and collaborate. She will participate in a program of professional development at The Lookstein Center at Bar-Ilan University that will focus on leadership, community building, Jewish literacy, and technology. The program is designed to enable Wasserman to play a leadership role in her professional community and specifically to support her in initiating, developing, and nurturing professional collaborative communities housed on an online platform.
Ruth Messinger, President, AJWS, Delivered the Culmination Address for School of Jewish Communal Service
Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service, who was serving as the Rabbi Louis Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence, delivered the Culmination Address for the School of Jewish Communal Service. Her address, entitled "Just Leadership: The Jewish Responsibility for Global Change," challenged the students to envision their Jewish professional leadership as serving the broader needs of the global community.
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
Publication of The American Jewish Archives Journal, Vol. LXI, no. 1 (2009)
Devoted to the topic of Reform Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls, this issue of The American Jewish Archives Journal features a fascinating article by Cincinnati faculty member, Dr. Jason Kalman, on HUC-JIR's involvement with Dead Sea Scroll scholarship and a documentary analysis of two sermons on the Dead Sea Scrolls by JIR alumnus Rabbi Harold I. Saperstein, introduced by HUC-JIR alumnus and principal of Leo Baeck College, Dr. Marc Saperstein, and annotated by Dr. Kalman. The issue also includes an interesting article on Reform Judaism's reception of the Dead Sea Scrolls by University of Hartford professor, Richard A. Freund. The online version of the journal can be accessed at
Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health Secures John Templeton Foundation Grant to Develop Research on Judaism, Health, and Healing
The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion/Los Angeles has secured a two-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation in support of the Kalsman Institute Roundtable on Judaism and Health Research. The project will promote study of illness, wellness, and healing in Jewish populations; establish standards for evaluative research on health-related services, resources, and care provided by Jewish congregations and organizations; and create an enduring professional community of Jewish scholars, scientists, and practitioners who will research the interconnections of Judaism and health.
HUC-JIR in the News
Campus Life 203: Jewish Passion, Jewish Profession - Reform Judaism Magazine
Dr. Aaron Panken writes: "If you are dedicated to changing the world for the better and seek to serve people at critical times in their lives- moments of joy and sadness, illness and health, ease and challenge- is this a good time to consider a career in Jewish service? Yes, if you consider historical trends.
History: Confronting Crisis - Reform Judaism Magazine
Michael A. Meyer writes on the history of the Reform Movement and its relation to the economic crisis.
World Jewry: An American Rabbi in Warsaw - Reform Judaism Magazine
An interview with Burt Schuman, N'95, the rabbi of Warsaw's Beit Warszawa since 2006.
Abraham Geiger College Holds Ordination and 10 - Year Celebrations
Abraham Geiger College's president, Rabbi Walter Jacob of Pittsburgh, ordained the school's second class of rabbis on June 18 at the Rykestrasse Synagogue in the former East Berlin. Gabor Lengyel, Dr. Roly Zylbersztein and Richard Newman will serve congregations in Hanover, Barcelona, and Cape Town. In addition, Juval Porat became the first person since the Holocaust to be invested as cantor in Germany.
Vigil for TA attack held in Jerusalem - The Jerusalem Post
Members of the gay community and their supporters rallied on Sunday evening in Jerusalem, a day after a masked gunman killed two people at a Tel Aviv center for gay youth and escaped. Some 500 people turned out to demonstrate against hatred and violence at the rally in Jerusalem's Kikar Zion. A large delegation from the Hebrew Union College was present, and one of its members, Andy Dubin, from New York City, said the attack, coming right after Tisha Be'av, provided a fitting example of the need to stand against baseless hatred.
Openly Jewish - Boston Spirit
Long before it was fashionable Rabbi Mehlman made Temple Israel a safe haven for LGBT members.
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
You Are Invited to Participate in the 2009 Survey of Leadership and American Jewish Life
American Jewish leaders have been changing - but we don't exactly know how. We think that leaders in their 20s and 30s are different from those in their 50s and 60s. And we imagine that the Boomers today differ from the Boomers two or three decades ago. To explore these issues, concerns that are critical to policy makers, philanthropists, and the Jewish public, Dr. Steven M. Cohen invites you to participate in, "The 2009 Survey of Leadership and American Jewish Life." Whether you see yourself as a "Jewish leader" or not, and however old or young you may be, he'd like you to participate. Please go to:
Alumni News
Scott B Weiner, a "Running Rabbi," Named Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel of New Rochelle
Rabbi Scott B. Weiner, N '04, is a co-founder of the "Running Rabbis," a group of HUC-JIR students, alumni, and friends, who participate in road races for charity.
Rabbi Howard Stein Joins Grinnell College - Grinnell College
Rabbi Howard Stein will join the student affairs staff at Grinnell College to support the campus Jewish community and to coordinate student community service activities.
Rabbi Dan Rabishaw Joins Congregation Am Echod in Lindenhurst - LakeVillaReview
"I want this to be a community where people come to find comfort and get away from the everyday stressors that are especially so prevalent in these hard times," Rabbi Rabishaw said.
Westfield Welcomes Rabbi Glazer - Westfield Patch
Rabbi Glazer decided to become a rabbi because she saw the career as a way to combine her intense interest in the Jewish faith with her interest in social justice.
New Rabbi Takes Helm at Temple Emanuel - Jewish St. Louis. org
Rabbi Justin Kerber, who will succeed Rabbi Joseph Rosenbloom as Rabbi of Temple Emanuel, tried law for five years in the Boston area. And then he shifted professions, spending the next five years (one of those years in Israel) at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.
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