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HUC-JIR Receives Historic, Interdenominational Grant of $3.7 Million from Jim Joseph Foundation to Advance Jewish Education
In a bold effort to increase the number of future educators and to improve the quality of professional preparation and Jewish education they receive, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) has been granted $3.7 million from the Jim Joseph Foundation. Rabbi David Ellenson said, "The Jim Joseph Foundation's history-making grant is imbued with a commitment to interdenominational collaboration that charts a new and constructive direction in partnership between the Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox Movements in North America. This grant addresses some of the most glaring needs in the American Jewish community. JJF understands that attracting and educating quality Jewish educators in our institutions is critical to instilling in today's Jewish youth a strong Jewish identity and maintaining a vibrant American Jewish community. Increasing the quantity and quality of Jewish educators, and giving them the tools to do their jobs effectively, will have a profound and immediate impact on Jewish life."
Kallah Launches Academic Year at HUC-JIR/NY
"This year's Kallah was especially important as we look back on the year that has gone by, with all of its challenges and disappointments and think about the ways for us to best support our congregants, communities and colleagues," says Karen Perolman, N '10. "The theme "m'ayin yavo ezri" helped us all remember that in all moments of our lives, the good, the challenging, the celebartory and the difficult, we can look to God, our community and ourselves for support and strength."
The Inaugural William Cutter Colloquium: Values and Values-Tensions: An Exploration for Educational Leaders
The Inaugural William Cutter Colloquium, to be held on September 21-22, 2009, will bring Dr . Debby Kerdeman (MAJE, 1981) to HUC-JIR to study with students, faculty and clinical faculty of the Rhea Hirsch school of Education. Her topic will be "Values and Values-Tensions: An Exploration for Educational Leaders." The Cutter Colloquium was established by the Rhea Hirsch School of Education Alumni Association to honor the school's founding director, Dr. William Cutter.
Students Dedicate HUC-JIR/LA Garden
The new garden, adjacent to the patio of the campus building, has vegetable seedlings. Students are participating in a newly forming coalition in Los Angeles of Jewish organizations committed to growing their own food, sharing that food, and understanding the values and texts in our tradition relevant to this process.
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
Next Week on Campus
You are invited to attend student services, sermons, recitals, and more!

September 12th at 10:30am - Ben Zeidman is leading Shabbat services
September 14th at 10:50am - Samuel Rose-Carmack is leading Shacharit services and Jen Lader is serving as Ba'al Korei
September 15th at 10:50am - Courtney Miller Berman is leading Shacharit services
September 16th at 10:50am - Anne Strauss is leading Shacharit services

Los Angeles:
September 14th at 10am - the Shlichai Tzibbur are Ari Margolis and Cantor Bernstein, Lydia Medwin is Reading Torah, Callie Souther is delivering the D'var Torah, and the Gabbai is Rebecca Reice.

New York
Monday, Sept. 14 at 10:05 a.m - Tefillah Leaders: Cantor Benjie Schiller and Dr. Aaron Panken; Torah Reader: Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz
Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10:05 a.m. - Tefillah Leaders: Cantor Bruce Ruben and Rabbi Renni Altman.
Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 10:05 a.m. - Tefillah Leaders: Cantor Benjie Schiller and Dr. Aaron Panken
Thursday, September 17 at 10:05 a.m. - Tefillah Leaders: Cantor Bruce Ruben and Rabbi Renni Altman; Torah Reader: Rabbi Nancy Wiener
Alumni News
Norbert Samuelson, C '62, was elected Honorary President of the Internationale Franz Rosenzweig Gesellschaft, at the City Hall of Paris, France in May 2009. He has just completed two years as the elected Senior Fellow of the Metanexus Institute, 2007-2008. The two year service consisted of a set of lectures at universities, churches, and synagogues on issues involving the interrelationship between Jewish faith and the modern sciences. The lectures were based on Samuelson's lastest book, Jewish Faith and Modern Science: On the Death and Rebirth of Jewish Philosophy. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.
Local Temple Gets New Rabbi - The Suffolk Times
A new rabbi takes her place Sept. 4 at North Fork Reform Synagogue in Cutchogue. Jill Doornek's studies in the rabbinical program at Hebrew Union College -- Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City require that she spend two years as a student rabbi prior to her ordination.
Tacoma's first female rabbi at Temple Beth El - The News Tribune
Rabbi Elizabeth Wood just started her job in Tacoma this month, but she already has made history at Temple Beth El. Wood is the first female rabbi to serve the Tacoma congregation in its nearly 50-year history. "That's a huge honor," said Wood, who was ordained a rabbi in June.
Promoting Catholic-Jewish Harmony -
Hoboken resident Jamie Marx, the student cantor at Temple Beth-El, Jersey City, attended a June conference in Italy with 49 other Jewish and Catholic young leaders from five continents. For Marx it was "a largely positive experience. "It seems that in light of Vatican II there is a real openness," said Marx, 28, who is a student at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Manhattan.
HUC-JIR in the News
Jewish universities get $11.5 million to train teachers - Religion News Service
"This grant addresses some of the most glaring needs in the American Jewish community," said Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC president. "Increasing the quantity and quality of Jewish educators, and giving them the tools to do their jobs effectively, will have a profound and immediate impact on Jewish life."
Seminaries getting $12 million boost to train educators - JTA
Three Jewish seminaries across the denominational spectrum will receive a total of $12 million to help train new Jewish educators. The Jim Joseph Foundation announced Tuesday that it will distribute the grants over a five-year period to the Conservative movement's Jewish Theological Seminary, the Reform Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Modern Orthodox Yeshiva University. Financial aid for students who are pursuing careers in education at each of the seminaries will get the first round of grants.
Jim Joseph Foundation gives $12 million to seminaries to improve Jewish education - JTA
"Our commitment is to Jewish education, and the partnership now established with these three institutions through these grants should contribute greatly to advancing this cause," the president of the foundation, Al Levitt, said in a press release. "It is an exciting development for all who care about improving the quality of Jewish life. We're simply playing our role in helping these institutions, and the educators they educate, reach their full potential and positively shape the lives of Jewish youth."
3 Jewish Universities to Share $11.5-Million in Grants - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Three Jewish universities will receive grants totaling nearly $11.5-million over the next five years from the Jim Joseph Foundation to foster the training of teachers to educate Jewish children and young adults. According to a news release issued by the foundation, the beneficiaries -- the Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and Yeshiva University -- will receive $700,000 grants each year for five years, plus additional grant money.
Cross-Denominational Grant to Help Train Jewish Educators at 3 Schools - Forward
The purpose of the new grants, from the Shimon Ben Joseph Foundation, commonly known as the Jim Joseph Foundation, is to better train people to lead every aspect of Jewish education, both formal and informal. The grants will require the central institutions for training Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis and educators to work together for the first time ever.
Jim Joseph Foundation Awards $12 Million to Support Jewish Education - The Foundation Center/Philanthropy News Digest
Grants of $3.5 million each over five years were awarded to the Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University in New York City and the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion – which has campuses in New York City, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and Jerusalem – to provide scholarships for students pursuing education degrees or certificates in programs that prepare them to work with Jewish youth and young adults.
New Cash For Jewish Education - Jewish Week
School's back in session – and, despite the recession – new money is coming in for Jewish education. Through the Jim Joseph Foundation's initiative, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Yeshiva University, and the Jewish Theological Seminary will receive $700,000 each for the next five academic years, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in seed funds for planning purposes. The initial grants will provide financial aid for students pursuing education degrees.
Innovative Religious Schools Take Hold - Jewish Journal
The traditional religious school model, designed to resemble a public school environment, is not structured in a way that helps students relate to what they're learning, said Isa Aron, professor of Jewish education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) Los Angeles. In 1992, Aron founded the Rhea Hirsch School of Education's Experiment in Congregational Education (ECE), which has worked with more than 70 synagogues nationwide to create experimental religious school programs. When kids are taught from a textbook and come home to families that don't practice what they learn in class, they have little means to incorporate the culture into their lives, Aron said. That's why she believes programs that encourage parental involvement foster a more powerful learning experience."If the parents are more involved, they're sending a message to their kids that this is important," Aron said. "When parents learn with the kids, it changes the whole dynamic - kids are more likely to take it seriously."
I Love Susan Silas - Artnet
This fall, at Hebrew Union College, photos of her amazing re-enactment of the Nazis' forced march of 580 Jewish women through Czechoslovakia will be on view.
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
New Pages on HUC-JIR Libraries' Website
Judah Loew ben Bezalel

On September 7, 2009, the Jewish world commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of Judah Loew ben Bezalel, commonly known as Maharal. This webpage highlights some of the holdings of the the HUC library system as well as some other online resourses.

Art and Architecture

Since Biblical times, Jews have been involved in hiddur mitzvah, enhancing or beautifying a commandment. The HUC library holds many books that show how Jews have created and used art throughout the ages for both sacred and secular purposes. This webpage explains how the books are arranged on the shelves.

Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations

This mid-19th century hymnal is the latest addition to the Library's Early American Reform Jewish prayerbook digitization project. Hymns Written for the Use of Hebrew Congregations 3rd ed., rev. and corrected Charleston, SC. Published by Congregation Beth Elohim, 5627 [1867] See our other online prayerbooks at
New at the HUC-JIR Judaica Gallery in New York
Celebrate Shabbat with contemporary artist Genevieve Flynn's sterling silver "Jacob's Ladder" Sabbath candle sticks. $950 plus shipping and handling. To purchase, please contact: 212-824-2218,

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