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Dedication of $12.1 Million Renovation and Expansion of the Klau Library and the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Library Pavilion at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati
The dedication of the $12.1 million renovation and expansion of the Klau Library and The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Library Pavilion at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), including a $550,000 state-of-the-art geothermal system, will take place on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 2 p.m. on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. The event will feature remarks by Mark Mallory, Mayor of the City of Cincinnati, Rabbi David Ellenson, Board Chair Barbara Friedman, Gary Heiman of The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, Sanford R. Cardin of the Schusterman Family Foundation, The Klau Family, and a keynote address on the history of the Klau Library by Dr. Michael A. Meyer, Ochs Professor of Jewish History. A reception will follow at 7:30 pm at the Mayerson JCC on The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Campus, featuring a keynote address by Dr. Gregory H. Williams, President of the University of Cincinnati.
Israeli Rabbinical Program Launches Academic Year
The Israeli Rabbinical Program opened the academic year with a half-day seminar. The seminar was designed to set the tone for an ongoing conversation this year on Reform rabbinical leadership for 21st-century Israel. After a festive Shacharit service, led by Dean Naamah Kelman and Rabbis Alona Lisitsa and Yoshi Zweiback of the faculty, with a Dvar Torah by program director Rabbi Marc Rosenstein, two guest lecturers made presentations on the theme of rabbinical leadership. Professor Emanuel Etkes of the Hebrew University spoke about "Rabbi Haim of Volozhin and Rabbi Israel Salanter - rabbinical leaders responding to crisis," and Rabbi Robert Samuels spoke on "Historical models and current challenges for the Israeli Reform rabbinate."
Chronicle Magazine Online
This new issue, focusing on HUC-JIR students and alumni changing the world, includes:
  • Dr. Steven M. Cohen on "Changes in American Jewish Identities Since 1948: From Norms to Aesthetics" with responses by Rabbi Laura Geller and Dr. Bruce Phllips
  • Articles on the new Jim Joseph Foundation Grant to Advance Jewish Education, the Schusterman, Tisch, and Mandel Fellowship Programs, and the social responsibility and outreach curriculum
  • Profiles, journeys, and reflections of 49 students and '09 graduates
  • Features on alumni changing the world: Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Joy Sisisky, and Rabbi Gersh Zylberman
  • Profile on Rabbi Sam Joseph
  • The 2008 Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture on the Women's Torah Commentary, with presentations by Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, Dr. Andrea Weiss, Dr. Carole B. Balin, Dr. Alyssa M. Gray, and Dr. Wendy Zierler
  • Excerpts of new books by faculty members Dr. Joshua Holo, Dr. Carole B. Balin and Dr. Wendy Zierler, Dr. Susan L. Einbinder, Dr. Mark L. Kligman, Dr. Adam Kamesar, Dr. Adriane Leveen, Dr. Michael Chernick, Essays in Honor of Dr. Michael A. Meyer, Dr. Dvora E. Weisberg, Dr. Reuven Firestone, Dr. Sharon Gillerman, Dr. Stephen M. Passamaneck, and The American Jewish Archives Journal, Vol. LXI, No. 1 (2009).
  • Graduation/Ordination/Investiture 2009: Addresses by Dov L. Seidman, Rabbi Norman J. Cohen, Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Rabbi Richard Levy, Rabbi David Ellenson, Dr. Scott S. Cowen; Honorary Degrees, Prizes, and Photo Album
Recruitment and Admissions Events
Recruitment Visits
Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz will be visiting campuses in the Boston area:
Wednesday,November 4th at Brandeis University:
Seminary Forum sponsored by career services 4-6 pm
BaRuCH (Brandeis Reform Chavuar) 7-9 pm Dinner and Learning
Individual student meetings

Friday, November 6th at Harvard University:
Kesher (Reform) Shabbat Services
Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz will lead services and deliver a D'var Torah
Individual student meetings
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
Faculty Lectures
Dr. Dvora Weisberg, Director of the School of Rabbinical Studies at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, will be one of two keynote speakers for the Thirty-Third Annual Catholic-Jewish Women's Conference at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles on November 11. The topic is "Scripture and Tradition: Battleground or Common Ground." She will be the scholar in residence at Temple Israel in Tulsa, OK over the weekend of November 13-15. Her topics for the weekend are "Old Religion, New Problems: Judaism and Contemporary Issues", "Rabbinic Visions of 'the Good Life'", and "Raising Children, Honoring Parents." On November 16, she is making two presentations to the Tulsa Interfaith Clergy Institute, one on interfaith dialogue and the other on God-Language.
HUC-JIR in the News
HUC Sets Klau Library Dedication for Nov. 1 - Cincinnati Business Courier
Michael Meyer, Ochs Professor of Jewish History at HUC-JIR, will give the keynote address at the ceremony, to take place at 2 p.m., on the college's Clifton Avenue campus. Gregory Williams, president of the University of Cincinnati, will keynote the celebratory program and reception at 7:30 p.m., at the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati campus.
Birthright Leads to Jewish Marriages, Study Says - Forward
According to a new study about the long-term effects of the Taglit-Birthright Israel program, 72% of married alumni are wedded to other Jews, compared to a rate of 46% among a control group of young Jews who never went on one of the fully subsidized, 10-day trips to Israel. In this finding, the researchers from Brandeis University's Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies even factored out individuals raised in Orthodox homes. Steven M. Cohen, a Hebrew Union College sociologist was not part of the research team but attended the presentation at Brandeis House on Manhattan's Upper East Side, said that the study's findings "eminently check out."
Reforming the Chant - Philadelphia Exponent
For eight years now, Rabbi Ethan Franzel, 42, N '01, has been teaching ideas and practices that might seem more at home in the Bay Area than on the Main Line, at one of the area's largest Reform temples. He's developed something of a following, leading chanting and meditation sessions, a monthly Kabbalat Shabbat service infused with chanting, and a study group on Chasidic tales.
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. Photo ID and RSVP required: 212-824-2278 or
"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. 31 at 10:30 am: Leading Services: Sarah Smiley
Nov. 2: Leading Services: David Spinrad; Ba'al Korei: Erin Boxt
Nov. 3: Leading Services: Michal Loving
Nov. 4: Leading Services: Jen Lader
Nov. 5: Leading Services: Arial Boxman; Ba'al Korei: Stephanie Clark

Los Angeles - at 10 am:
Nov. 2: Schlichai Tzibbur: Beau Shapiro and Cantor Bernstein; Reading Torah: Sarah Bassin; Dvar Torah: Aimee Irshay; Gabbai: Heath Watenmaker
Nov. 3: Schlichai Tzibbur: Beau Shapiro
Nov. 4: Schlichai Tzibbur: Lauren Luskey
Nov. 5: Schlichai Tzibbur: Lauren Luskey and Cantor Kent; Reading Torah: Jake Singer-Beilin; Reading Sermon: Lindy Davidson; Gabbai: Aron Klein
Nov. 5: Senior Sermon: Kimberly Herzog Cohen

New York - at 10 am unless otherwise noted:
Nov. 2-5: Leading Services: Rabbi: Jen Gubitz; Cantor: Luke Hawley; Reading Torah: Adam Shedlt; Gabbai: Lisa Kingston
Nov. 4 at 10:45 am: Practica: Andrea Marcowicz and Amanda Winter
New at the HUC-JIR Judaica Gallery in New York
Beautify your home with beautiful, unique mezzuzah covers created by renowned ceramic artist Barbara Krohn, $150 plus shipping and handling. To purchase, please contact: 212-824-2218,

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