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Shloshim Memorial Service for Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, z"l, in Los Angeles
A memorial service for Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, former HUC-JIR President and Chancellor Emeritus, marking the 30th day after his death, will be held on Monday, October 12th, at 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 3077 University Avenue, Los Angeles.

Memorial tributes in New York and Jerusalem to be announced.
Year-In-Israel Cantorial Students Serve Israeli High Holy Day Pulpits
For the first time ever, three first-year cantorial students spending their first year of study at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem served as Hazanim at Israeli congregations during the High Holy Days, in partnership with Israeli colleagues. David Mintz, Rachel Harrison, and Joshua Finkel conducted services in Zichron Ya'akov, Mod'i'in, and Haifa, respectively. In addition, Amanda Kleinman, Steven Long, and Alison Lopatin Podobedov helped lead services at the Murstein Synagogue on the HUC-JIR campus. Cantor Tamar Havilio coordinated this effort, while Cantor Mikhal Shiff Mater helped train the students. This experience offered the students exceptional opportunites for training and to connect with the Israeli community.
In Memoriam: Dr. Alfred Gottschalk
Alfred Gottschalk Dies; Major Reform Leader - Jewish Community Voice

Alfred Gottschalk, 79, Leading Jewish Scholar -

Alfred Gottschalk, 1930-2009: Reformed Jewish Leader Ordained 1st U.S. Female Rabbi - Chicago Tribune
Alumni News
Virginia Synagogue Doubles as Mosque for Ramadan - Haaretz
On Friday afternoons, the people coming to pray at this building take off their shoes, unfurl rugs to kneel on and pray in Arabic. The ones that come Friday evenings put on yarmulkes, light candles and pray in Hebrew. Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk, MAJCS '94, N '01, who leads the Reform congregation of about 500 families, said the relationship works both ways.
Facing Death, How Do You Live?-
Cancer wasn't the first trauma Rabbi Anne Brener, MAJCS '83, L '08 faced. Her mother committed suicide when Brener was 24, and her only sister died in a car accident just a few months later. "When I come upon a challenge, or come upon something some would say is tragic, I don't assume anymore, because my life has taught me that everything is a possible door into something new and unimagined," she said.
Rabbi Laura Baum, C '08, creating the "world's first progressive online synagogue:"
US Shul's 'Virtual Minyan' Reaches Out to Unaffiliated for Festivals - The Jerusalem Post

UJC Jewish Heroes Contest in the Home Stretch- New York Blueprint

High Holy Day Service Adds a Twist -
HUC-JIR in the News
Leadership for the New Normal - E-Jewish Philanthropy
Dr. Steven Windmueller, HUC-JIR/LA Dean, writes: We are experiencing the greatest institutional crisis since the 1930s. What is particularly unique to this current situation involves its level of complexity - social structures of all types must contend with issues of such magnitude, that normal decision-making practices seem inadequate and even problematic. The degree of uncertainty seems so incredibly profound. We have entered into uncharted territory with respect to the leadership challenges before us. In this context, being told to "think outside of the box" may no longer have credence, as the box itself seems to be a moving target!
Rabbis Teach How to Preach - Jewish Journal
Their faces are lined with exhaustion, these young men and women who seem suddenly so much older than their years. Nervous laughter reverberates off the walls of the classroom as their professor outlines the changes they must make for their efforts to have merit and direction. Perhaps they feel as if they are standing at the edge of the abyss, perhaps they think the stakes have become unbelievably high, and perhaps they are right. By choosing to answer an ancient calling, they have stood up and asked the Jewish community to place its future in their hands. They are seven rabbinical students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) days before delivering their first High Holy Days sermons
Don't Write Off the Kibbutz Yet - JTA
Martin Sherman, American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise/Schusterman Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, writes: In the past few decades, Ma'agan Michael has changed from a tiny, impoverished fishing village into a sprawling, affluent community with a variety of industrial, commercial and agricultural activities. Today the major source of income is Plasson, a multimillion dollar global plastics manufacturing corporation whose shares are traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. The shift reflects how kibbutzim have deviated sharply from their socialist roots into full-fledged participants in the capitalist system.
Spiritual Journey -
Jews in Juneau? That's the reaction Rabbi Scott Sperling said he received after telling members in a New York Jewish community he would be officiating there during the High Holy Days, which began Friday evening with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
Student Rabbi is Back in Aiken to Observe the Jewish New Year - Aiken Standard
Kimberly Herzog Cohen arrived in Aiken on Friday - her second visit here to serve as the Adath Yeshurun Synagogue's student rabbi for the High Holiday services that began last night.
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
Opening of "Isaac Bashevis Singer and His Artists"
Reception: Thursday, October 15, 2009, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Program: Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director, National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbieneand members of the cast of "Gimpl Tam" will perform from the score
RSVP and PHOTO ID Required;
RSVP to or (212) 824-2293

Isaac Bashevis Singer spun tales that unleashed a rich storehouse of Jewish popular imagination, interweaving everyday life with wonders emerging from dreams and nightmares. 25 of his books were illustrated by 17 artists, including Larry Rivers, Raphael Soyer, Ira Moskowitz, Roman Vishniac, Antonio Frasconi, Leonard Everett Fisher, Maurice Sendak, Eric Carle, Irene Lieblich, Uri Shulevitz, and William Pene DuBois.

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New at the HUC-JIR Judaica Gallery in New York
Transform your worship with the "Rainbow Tallit (Prayer Shawl) and Tallit Bag" by internationally renowned fiber artist Reeva Shaffer; $1000 plus shipping and handling. To purchase, please contact: 212-824-2218,

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