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Board of Governors Approves "A New Way Forward"
The Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) has approved a plan for its future at a meeting on November 2, 2009. This plan, entitled "A New Way Forward," charts a five-year process based on three principles: attaining financial sustainability, sustaining academic excellence, and maintaining geographic presences in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York. It provides a vision for the College-Institute as the intellectual, spiritual, and professional leadership development center for Reform Judaism and the Jewish people.
Dedication of $12.1 Million Renovation and Expansion of The Klau Library and The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Library Pavilion
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, took place on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 2 p.m. on the campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion at 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio. Several hundred national and local civic and religious leaders convened for this milestone event, including Mark Mallory, Mayor of City of Cincinnati; Rabbi David Ellenson, President, HUC-JIR; Barbara Friedman, Chair, HUC-JIR Board of Governors; Gary Heiman, The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, which donated the lead institutional gift of $6.5 million; Sanford R. Cardin, on behalf of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation; and Lucille Carothers, on behalf of the Klau Family. Dr. Michael A. Meyer, Ochs Professor of Jewish History presented the keynote address on "The Soul of the College." Dr. Gregory H. Williams, President, University of Cincinnati, presented the keynote address at the celebratory program and reception, which was attended by over 1000 persons at the Manuel D. & Rhoda Mayerson JCC on The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati campus at 7:30 pm that evening.

Click here for Dr. Michael A. Meyer's keynote address, "The Soul of the College" and dedication program booklet

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Stan Rabin Inducted onto Board of Governors of HUC-JIR
Stan Rabin was inducted onto the Board of Governors of HUC-JIR at the November 2, 2009 Board meeting. A distinguished communal leader of Dallas, Texas, Rabin recently retired as chief executive officer of Commercial Metals Company (CMC), a $7.7 billion company that has manufactured, recycled, and marketed steel, metal products, and related materials around the world since 1915. Rabin is a past president of Temple Emanuel and currently chairs the congregation's capital campaign to rebuild the sanctuary. He has also served as president of the Dallas Jewish Federation, currently is a trustee of United Jewish Communities, and serves on the Boards of the American Jewish Committee and American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
Rabbi David Ellenson to Present Lecture on Understanding Modern Orthodoxy
Rabbi David Ellenson will be the guest speaker at the 2nd Annual Jacob and Deborah Rubinstein Memorial Lecture at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale. His talk, "Understanding Modern Orthodoxy," will take place on Tuesday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Women's Rabbinic Network to Host Lunch for Women Students at HUC-JIR/LA
On November 11th, the Women's Rabbinic Network will be hosting a lunch for women students on the Los Angeles campus. Michelle Missaghieh, WRN Co-President, joined by Rabbi Elissa Ben-Naim and Rabbi Dara Frimmer, will facilitate a discussion about women in the rabbinate, sharing both professional and personal experiences.
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
Needed: A Jewish Summit - Jewish Week
Steven Windmueller, dean of the Los Angeles Campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, suggests in a recent paper, "a national consultation on the American Jewish future." Windmueller argues that "the very concept of community as we had come to understand and define it is now being challenged," and "a new level of uneasiness now dominates the Jewish landscape." He notes that in past times of crises, community leaders came together to focus on specific challenges, from a 1943 gathering resulting in widespread advocacy for a Jewish state in Palestine, to the efforts on behalf of Soviet Jewry in the 1970s and '80s. Windmueller suggests that the federation and synagogue movements join national agencies in convening a summit on re-imagining American Judaism and "the future of the Jewish communal system of governance, leadership and financial viability."
HUC-JIR in the News
Hebrew Union celebrates library -
The most valuable items in the new Klau Library at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion are encased in glass, centuries-old documents preserved at 63 degrees Fahrenheit and 40 percent humidity. But after a $12 million renovation that took the last two years, the library's real value is up to half a million books and manuscripts on open stacks, available for study by students at the college and Jewish scholars from around the world.
Hebrew Union Gathers Support -
The centerpiece of the celebration: a $12.1 million renovation and expansion of Klau Library at Hebrew Union College and the start of a yearlong commemoration of the college's 135 years. New University of Cincinnati President Gregory Williams was the keynote speaker. He spoke about the importance of the historic partnership between UC and Hebrew Union, and his desire to strengthen it.
Hundreds Gather in Cincinnati to Support Nation's Oldest School for Training in Reform Judaism - Fox 59
About 1,000 people gathered in support of the nation's oldest institution for training rabbis, cantors and educators of Reform Judaism.
Hebrew Union Retains Clifton Campus -
The Board of Governors for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute voted overwhelmingly Monday to continue supporting its mission on four campuses around the world, including its historic home on Clifton Avenue as well as campuses in New York, Los Angeles and Jerusalem.
'New Jews' stake claim to faith, culture - CNN
Steven Cohen, a sociologist at Hebrew Union College in New York, said about half of young Jews are not marrying Jews, and that only 25 percent of children born to interfaith couples grow up to see themselves as Jewish. But by making Judaism and its rituals more accessible and meaningful, "Emergent Jews," as they're also often referred to, hope they can inspire a long-lasting connection to their faith.
Gender Negotiations - Forward
A just-published study by Bruce Phillips, professor of Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, found "a significant difference exists between the income earned by men and women working in Jewish communal service." But, he said, that is not because women are working in lower-paying settings, and it is not because men are more experienced in their jobs.
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:
Nov. 7 at 10:30 am: Leading Services: Michael Weinstein
Nov. 9: Leading Services and Ba'al Korei: Scott Segal
Nov.10: Leading Services: David Gerber
Nov. 11: Leading Services: Marcus Service: Gary Zola
Nov. 12: Leading Services and Ba'al Korei: Anne Strauss

Los Angeles - at 10 am:
Nov. 9: Schlichai Tzibbur: Tamara Wheatley and Cantor Bernstein; Reading Torah: Stephanie Kramer; Dvar Torah: Keren Klein; Gabbai: Arlene Bernstein
Nov. 10: Schlichai Tzibbur: Tamara Wheatley
Nov. 11: Schlichai Tzibbur: Rachel Joseph
Nov. 12: Schlichai Tzibbur: Brad Cohen and Cantor Kent; Reading Torah: Samantha Orshan; Reading Sermon: Noam Katz; Gabbai: Beau Shapiro

New York - at 10 am unless otherwise noted:
Nov. 9-12: Leading Services: Rabbi: Daniel Crane; Cantor: Elana Rosen Brown; Reading Torah: Rachel Van Thyn; Gabbai: Ann Laurent; Education Student: Jessica Ingram
Nov. 11 at 10:45 am: Practica: Nancy Bach and Alicia Stillman
Nov. 12: Senior Sermon: Carla Fenves
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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