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HUC-JIR Faculty Release Results of Survey of American Jewish Language and Identity
How do American Jews speak English? Who uses Hebrew and Yiddish words and New York regional features? When using Hebrew words, who prefers Israeli pronunciations and who prefers Ashkenazic ones? Which Yiddish-origin features do some non-Jews use? Two researchers from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion have begun to answer these questions. Linguist Sarah Bunin Benor and Sociologist Steven M. Cohen have released the results of a large-scale survey of Jews and non-Jews in the United States. To comment on this study, please click here

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Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
Oct. 25-26 in Cincinnati, LA, and NY
Oct. 29 in Jerusalem

HUC-JIR will be hosting Open Houses on all campuses this Fall: October 25-26, 2009 in Cincinnati, Los Angeles and New York and October 29, 2009 in Jerusalem. Guests will come away with a wonderful sense of what being a student at HUC-JIR can offer and what the future can hold. The Open Houses welcome any prospective students to all of our programs to enjoy exclusive study opportunities with renowned HUC-JIR faculty, current students and alumni. They will experience a day in the life of current HUC-JIR students, study in an inspiring communal beit midrash with friends and peers considering Jewish careers, and explore what it's really like to be a rabbi, cantor, Jewish organizational leader, or educator. Participants will have the opportunity to explore HUC-JIR's state-of-the-art learning facilities, our unsurpassed libraries and museums, the American Jewish Archives, the HUC-JIR soup kitchen and much more.

*Those attending College Colloquium are invited to extend their stay to include the Cincinnati Open House. The College Colloquium on March 19-21 in Cincinnati brings together Jewish college studenst from across North America to share the pursuit of personal, spiritual, and academic growth.

Spring Open Houses are scheduled for March 21-22, 2010 in Cincinnati, Los Angeles and New York and February 25, 2010 in Jerusalem
Opening Reception for "Mirta Kupferminc: Wanderings" at HUC-JIR Museum/NY
October 28 at 5:30 pm RSVP: 212-824-2293 or

Mirta Kupferminc, a leading Argentinean artist, daughter of Holocaust survivors, and student of Kabbalah, expresses themes of exodus, legacy, memory, and continuity. She conveys the psychological isolation as well as the vitality of imagined figures illuminated by vivid, infernal flames or balanced on crimson-hued hands and limbs that bespeak the force of both life and death. She manipulates the artifacts of childhood and of Jewish tradition to serve as memorials to a vanished past, or to celebrate the transcendence of a heritage. She repurposes weathered chairs with wings or anamorphic imagery to evoke alternative realities and mystical possibilities. Her art speaks powerfully to contemporary concerns of human freedom, tolerance, and justice.
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
Dr. Jacob Neusner to Present the 2009 Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture at HUC-JIR/NY -- December 1 at 6 pm
Dr. Jacob Neusner, the renowned historian and theologian, will present the 2009 Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 6 pm at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, One West 4th Street, New York City. Dr. Neusner will lecture on "Reform Judaism for Our Day: Why It Is Necessary." This lecture is sponsored by the Bamberger Family in memory of their father, Dr. Fritz Bamberger, z"l, who served as Assistant to the President and Professor of Jewish Intellectual History at HUC-JIR/New York. Dr. Neusner is Distinguished Service Professor of the History and Theology of Judaism and Senior Fellow, Institute of Advanced Theology, at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. He also is a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, and Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, England. He has published more than 1000 books and unnumbered articles, both scholarly and academic and popular and journalistic, and is the most published humanities scholar in the world. RSVP: or 212-824-2293
"An Evening with Debbie & Friends" Benefit Concert on November 12th at Central Synagogue, New York
"An Evening with Debbie & Friends" - a concert celebrating the creativity of world-renowned folk songwriter and performer Debbie Friedman to benefit HUC-JIR and its School of Sacred Music - will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 6 p.m. at Central Synagogue, Lexington Avenue at 55th Street, in New York City.

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NY Memorial Service for Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, z"l
at HUC-JIR, One West 4th Street, New York City
Student Services, Sermons, Recitals, and More
Cincinnati - at 10:50 am unless otherwise noted:
Oct. 24 at 10:30 am: Leading Services: Emily Dunn
Oct. 26:Leading Services/Ba'al Korei: Ari Plost
Oct. 27: Leading Services: Ari Lorge
Oct. 28: Leading Services: Jessica Rosenthal
Oct. 29: Leading Services: James Stoloff; Ba'al Korei: Phillip J Schwartz

Los Angeles - at 10 am:
Oct. 26: Schlichai Tzibbur: Sarah Bassin and Cantor Bernstein; Reading Torah: Miriam Terlinchamp; Dvar Torah: Laura Abrasley; Gabbai: Ethan Bair
Oct. 27: Schilicha Tzibbur: Sarah Bassin
Oct. 29: Schlichai Tzibbur: Cantor Kent and Rabbi Don Goor; Reading Torah: Lindy Davidson; Reading Sermon: Rubin Zellman; Gabbai: Rebecca Reice

New York - at 10 am unless otherwise noted:
Oct. 19-22: Leading Services: Rabbi: Marc Katz; Cantor: Tracy Fishbein; Reading Torah: Leora Frankel; Gabbai: Rachel Grant Meyer
Oct. 28 at 10:45 am: Practica: Joshua Breitzer and Melanie Cooperman
Oct. 29: Senior Sermon: Mara Young
HUC-JIR in the News
A National Conversation on the American Jewish Future - Jewish Journal
Dr. Steven Windmueller writes: Throughout Jewish history, at moments of great social upheaval and religious transitions, Jews would communicate with their co-religionists in order to redefine their status. Community leaders would come together to assess their political and religious concerns and define ways in which the communal enterprise ought to engage the larger civic society as well as address internal priorities....There are few occasions in history when a community has the opportunity to shape and define its future; this may be one of those transformational moments for American Jewry.
Neo-Nazis Rally in Riverside - Jewish Journal
Three neo-Nazis unfurled large swastika flags outside a Riverside synagogue on Oct. 2 as congregants gathered inside for Shabbat and Sukkot prayers. The incident was one of several recent encounters between members of the Riverside chapter of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) and the local community. The group is planning a rally in Riverside this weekend, its second in four weeks, to protest illegal immigration. Hundreds of counter-protesters are preparing to oppose them. Rabbi Suzanne Singer of Temple Beth El said the neo-Nazis paraded on the sidewalk adjacent to the synagogue during the service, leaving only after the last congregant had exited the building. She described the mood inside the synagogue as one of disgust and anger.
Riverside Rabbi Took Nontraditional Path - Press Enterprise
Rabbi Suzanne Singer L '03, spent 20 years as a television programming executive and an Emmy Award-winning producer. It was her mother, Nicole Silberkleit, who more than anyone led her to become a rabbi. Silberkleit survived Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp. Her mother's parents, brother and grandmother died there. In addition to serving as rabbi of Temple Beth El, Singer is coordinator of leadership initiatives at Hebrew Union College's Los Angeles campus, where, Levy said, she helps rabbis improve their organizational and managerial leadership while never forgetting the emphasis on the spiritual.
Person of the Day: Dr. James Bowley - Jackson Free Press
The Mississippi Humanities Council has named Dr. James Bowley (Ph.D., SGS/Cincinnati '92; former Chair of the HUC-JIR Alumni Council) a Humanities Teacher of the Year for 2009. Bowley, an associate professor in the Millsaps College department of religious studies, teaches courses on the Bible and related religious traditions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. In addition to teaching, Bowley as spent years studying fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered around 1950 in several caves surrounding the Dead Sea in Israel. He is considered one of the leading experts on the scrolls, which consist of roughly 900 documents dating from 200 BCE to 50 CE, written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.
Kupferminc's Wanderings - Jewish Press
Mirta Kupferminc is an artist who has made her artistic mission a search for meaning in a world profoundly unstable, problematic and filled with the terrors of memory not entirely her own. As the child of Holocaust survivors, uprooted from Europe and transplanted in Argentina, one prevailing motif for her is that of a witness to the Holocaust one generation removed. A prominent text panel quotes Saul Sosnowski: " to be a witness who loves unconditionally; daring to judge G-d over Auschwitz and find him guilty; and pray to him still, even there, even in Auschwitz." The Hebrew Union College Museum presents Wanderings: Works by Mirta Kupferminc delving into the artist's exploration of the quest for Divine knowledge, the Holocaust, and the mysteries of memory.
Spiritual Explorer: New Hillel Rabbi Brings Unique Perspective to Service - Lawrence Journal & World
Rabbi Neal Schuster, RHSOE '01, L '03, is the new senior Jewish educator to Kansas University Hillel. Indeed, Schuster's personality seems to be tailor-made for the kinds of deep conversations about life and spirituality that can go hand-in-hand with college life. Sitting in his office in Hillel's temporary loft space - the group will move into its 3,000-square-foot permanent home on the first floor sometime next month - he sinks into a couch, surrounded by warm light, books and technology, including a laptop and, strangely, a microscope. With its clean lines and comfy feel, the space looks like something of the sort of office a cool teacher would have on a movie set - perfect for conversations ranging from homesickness to how rock 'n' roll works into the religious world. Nothing is not a part of Jewish life, he says.
Running Rabbis Go the Distance - 26 Miles - To Raise Money for Charities -- The Forward
Those watching the ING New York City Marathon on November 1 should keep their eyes peeled for the Running Rabbis. A minyan's worth - 10 rabbis, cantors and rabbinical and cantorial students from HUC-JIR - will be running through the streets as part of a social action endeavor started by two Reform rabbis who want to change the world, literally one step at a time. Founded by two HUC-JIR graduates, Rabbis Benjamin David and Scott Weiner, the group of Jewish clergy runs to raise funds for worthy causes. This year, they are running to raise $30,000 for Hole in the Wall Camps, where children with serious and life-threatening medical conditions can enjoy summer fun for free.
Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation's oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and communal service professionals and offers graduate and post-graduate degree programs for scholars of all faiths. With campuses in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, New York, and Jerusalem, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise renowned library, and museum collections, the American Jewish Archives, biblical archaeology excavations, research centers and institutes, and academic publications. HUC-JIR invites the community to an array of cultural and educational programs that illuminate Jewish history, culture, and contemporary creativity, and foster interfaith and multi-ethnic understanding. Visit us at

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