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"RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT: The Future Lies Ahead" -- Founders' Day Address by Prof. Gerald Bubis
The Founding Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service recounts the history of the creation of this groundbreaking program in 1968.
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
Next Week on Campus
You are invited to attend student services, sermons, recitals, and more!

August 29th at 10:30am Jason Holtz is leading services
August 31st at 10:50am Aaron Miller is leading Shacharit services and serving as Ba'al Korei
September 1st at 10:50am PJ Schwartz is leading Shacharit services
September 2nd is the Rabbinic Student Association/Graduate Student Association Interfaith Services
September 3rd at 10:50am David Gerber is leading Shacharit services and Samuel Rose-Carmack is serving as Ba'al Korei

Los Angeles:
August 31st at 10am the Shlichai Tzibbur are Jordana Chernow-Reader & Cantor Bernstein,
Torah: Josh Samuels is Reading Torah, Greg Weisman is delivering the D'var Torah, the Gabbai is Arlene Bernstein
September 3rd at 10am the Shlichai Tzibbur are Lindy Davidson and Cantor Kent, Dan Medwin is Reading Torah, Miriam Terlinchamp is delivering the D'var Torah, and the Gabbai is Jordi Schuster.

New York:
September 2nd at 10:45am Vicky Glikin and Michelle Rubel are leading S'lichot
September 3rd at 10:45am Eli Freedman is delivering his senior sermon
Alumni News
HUC Grads Extend Friendship to Central Jersey Rabbinate - The Jewish State
After Rabbi Rebecca Epstein, Rabbi Cari Bricklin, and Rabbi Erin Glazer finished interviewing for jobs at Hebrew Union College's Cincinnati campus this year, Epstein recalled how the trio of classmates bonded over ice cream. Though they didn't know it at the time, they were about to begin parallel careers in central New Jersey. HUC's matching process placed Epstein at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, Bricklin at Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction, and Glazer at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield.
Rabbi-Novelist Mines Ancient Treasure - Jewish Journal
Rabbi Zoe Klein, N '98, has published a new novel, "Drawing in the Dust," that follows fictional archaeologist Page Brookstone as she unearths a startling ancient treasure that challenges traditional theological beliefs in Israel and beyond.
He Conquered the KKK – Now on to Flushing - Forward
When he was a cantor in Lincoln, Neb., Michael Weisser, SSM '77, confronted diehard Ku Klux Klan leader Larry Trapp, befriended him and eventually inspired the life-long racist to renounce hatred and speak out publicly against bigotry. Now he faces a formidable challenge: revitalizing a historic synagogue in a neighborhood that has gone from being heavily Jewish to being populated almost entirely by Chinese immigrants.
A 'Wandering Minstrel' Finds Home on the Bima - New Jersey Jewish News
Cantor Jacqueline Shuchat-Marx, SSM '97, sometimes feels like the flying women in a Marc Chagall painting. But it's work, not fantasy, that has taken Shuchat-Marx to synagogues from Kansas to New Mexico. She has now touched down at Temple Emanu-El in Edison.
HUC-JIR in the News
Quotable In Print - Reform Judaism Magazine
Rabbi David Ellenson writes: "Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai's response to the crisis of 1st-century Judaism–the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem–was to create the yeshiva of Yavneh, recognizing that the study of Torah would ensure Jewish survival. His vision held true, for no Jewish community throughout history has thrived without a strong center of higher Jewish learning."
Chairman's Perspective: Our Reform Relationship - Reform Judaism Magazine
Peter Weidhorn writes: "Are you aware that a small portion of the dues you pay to your congregation are used to support the primary institutions of the Reform Movement? Yes, by belonging to your synagogue you are supporting the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the synagogue arm of our Movement, which creates programming that congregations cannot do alone (camps, Israel trips, books, this magazine, Reform conventions, and more), and which–as the representative body of more than a million Reform Jews belonging to 900 Reform congregations–makes sure that your voice, guided by Jewish values, is heard in the public square. You also support the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), which trains your rabbis, cantors, educators, and more. Our congregational clergy weaves together the threads of the URJ and HUC-JIR tapestry. Without their ritual, programmatic, and spiritual leadership, we would not be the strong Movement we are today."
Our Reform Family Gathering - Reform Judaism Magazine
A preview of the Union for Reform Judaism's Biennial Convention in Toronto, November 4-8, including scholars in residence/Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion faculty members Dr. Norman Cohen, Dr. Sharon Gillerman, Rabbi Michael Marmur, and Dr. Michael Meyer.
Reimagining Hebrew School - Jewish Week
For one Manhattan congregation, educators set up a mock court, assigning the roles of Adam, Eve, the snake and of course God to congregants. The activity was part of a rethinking of synagogue education by West End, one of a number of area congregations to recently revise how they carry out Jewish education with, they say, excellent results. West End and other congregations began their retooling as part of the Experiment in Congregational Education's Re-Imagine Project, which trains synagogues in alternatives to the typical religious school experience. The Re-Imagine Project's leaders, along with many Jewish educators, say increasingly that the current model still is your grandfather's Hebrew School, and that no longer works.
God's Mercy, Not Magic - Jewish Week
Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman writes: "The day after Yom Kippur will not find us miraculously free of burdens. It may, however, leave us sensing that in some mysterious fashion, God holds our hand as we shoulder them."
On the Bookshelf - Tablet
Sharon Gillerman's Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic explores how German Jews wove themselves into the fabric of German national life in the years after World War I, maintaining distinctiveness as a minority community but insisting on their fundamental Germanness, too.
Everything in Order - Forward
Rabbi Lawrence Hoffmanhas long argued that "how we pray is who we are," and suggested that prayer books be understood not simply as spiritual librettos, but as the "manifestos" and "self-portraits" of the Jews who create them – articulations of the moral and ideological space a specific community seeks to inhabit.
Holocaust Exhibit Sheds Light on Story of Unlikely Rescuers - El Paso Times
Photographer Norman H. Gershman's "Besa: A Code of Honor" tells the stories of some of the more than 20,000 Albanian Muslims who rescued Jews from the Nazis during World War II. The exhibit was organized by the Hebrew Union College -- Jewish Institute of Religion Museum.
New at the HUC-JIR Judaica Gallery in New York
Celebrate a wedding or anniversary with contemporary artist Steve Resnick's crystal tulip flutes, hand engraved with doves and olive leaves, symbolizing bounty and longevity. Each flute's Hebrew inscription is from Song of Solomon 6:3 -- Ani Ledodi and Vedodi Li, respectively. $210 plus shipping and handling. To purchase, please contact: 212-824-2218,
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