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The Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling Program Invites Applicants
The program for the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling degree is designed to provide clergy of all faiths a unique setting in which to complete the educational and supervisional components necessary to apply for membership in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) upon graduation. The D.Min. degree program combines the certification program in clinical education for pastoral ministry with additional courses and seminars taught by HUC-JIR faculty leading to a D.Min. degree. The Pastoral Counseling component (10 courses) includes (a) psychodynamic theory and assessment pertinent to the conflicts of individuals, couples, and families; (b) intervention techniques pertinent to the spectrum of counseling situations, including specialized interventions of cases of addiction, threat of suicide, and the like; (c) peer group interaction and exploration of each counselor's personal style; and (d) supervision of the candidate's ministry in congregational, agency, or specialized settings. HUC-JIR faculty present 4 seminars exploring the contributions of religious text and tradition as they inform responses to particular client needs as well as the candidate's overall approach to ministry. HUC-JIR courses in the theology of pastoral care, personal faith development, and pastoral liturgy are included in this component. During the summer between the first and second years, students develop a proposal for a demonstration project in consultation with their faculty advisor. This demonstration project is one in which the critical, integrative method of course work is brought to bear on an actual clinical problem or need in the student's ministry setting. The Doctor of Ministry degree is awarded to students after they have developed necessary pastoral counseling skills and participated in interfaith studies in worship and ritual, theology, spiritual guidance, and psycho-pathology. The students also complete a demonstration project that integrates counseling and spiritual development skills. Please click here for information and application. More...
Annual HUC-JIR Recruitment Shabbaton at Kibbutz Yahel
This past Shabbat, 13 college students and young adults from across North America gathered at Kibbutz Yahel for the Annual HUC-JIR Recruitment Shabbaton. These students are currently studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, and the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. For so many of them, finding a Reform Jewish community in Israel can be challenging, and this Shabbat at Kibbutz Yahel (the first Reform kibbutz in Israel) provided them with a chance to pray, sing, and eat together in the beautiful desert surroundings. The group was led by Rabbi David Wilfond and HUC-JIR students Jodie Gordon (R-'14), Amanda Greene (RHSOE '12), David Mintz (SSM '14), and Matt Zerwekh (R-'14), some of whom are former Recruitment Shabbaton participants themselves. More...
Megillah Holder by Artist Tobi Kahn Gifted to HUC-JIR/NY by Ben and Gloria DeYoung
When Ben DeYoung sought an original way in which to celebrate the occasion of his 60th wedding anniversary with his wife, Georgia Katz DeYoung, he chose a uniquely meaningful strategy. He commissioned a beautiful Megillah Holder, entitled DAHSA VIII, by the renowned contemporary artist Tobi Kahn and presented it as a gift, in honor of his wife, to the New York campus. Prominently exhibited in the Petrie Great Hall at the entrance to the Minnie Petrie Synagogue, the Megillah Holder greets all those who enter the sanctuary for worship and educational programs. Tobi Kahn is a celebrated contemporary artist who has devoted his artistic creativity to the creation of Jewish ceremonial objects, in addition to his abstract paintings and sculptures. His Megillah Holder, constructed of wood and acrylic, is a geometric structure whose iridescent blue surface emits a spiritual aura. The HUC-JIR campus is most grateful to the DeYoung's for their generosity in presenting this work of art as a vital, artistic component to our community of learning, worship, and social action. More...
News from HUC-JIR's Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health
Premarital counseling is a rewarding challenge for rabbis; it has been shown to be beneficial for engaged couples and promotes more satisfying and fulfilled marriages. On April 9, 2010, The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health hosted its third annual Pre-Marital Counseling workshop at the HUC-JIR/LA campus. This year rabbinic students from HUC-JIR and from AJU's Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies came together to learn with Michele Prince, the director of the Kalsman Institute, Harriet Rosen, one of the authors of The Aleph-Bet of Marriage, and Rabbi Cheryl Pertz, the Associate Dean of the Ziegler School. Students role-played difficult couples, discussed research and shared resources. After the workshop ended, one student noted that the workshop" helped give me new insight...and opened up the door for future conversations." The Premarital Counseling workshop provides an opportunity for rabbinic students at HUC and AJU to collaborate, dialogue and learn how the wisdom of Judaism applies to marriage and relationships. More...
An Emotional Shabbat Hagadol Service at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
Shabbat Haggadol ("The Great Sabbath") before Passover was celebrated at the Murstein Synagogue of the HUC-JIR/Jerusalem in an unusual and emotional service. Rabbi David Wilfond and Cantor Dr. Eliyahu Schleifer led the service together with the Leipzig Choir for Synagogue Music Leipziger Synagogalchor under the directorship of Kammersaenger Helmut Klotz. The service was a highlight of a week-long Israel tour of the choir and it evoked deep emotions both in the choir and in the congregation. Indeed, tears were seen in the eyes of the choir members as well as in those of some congregants - an unusual sight in our services. The choir of about 20 male and female singers, all of whom are non-Jews, has been active for over 47 years now in Leipzig, Germany. It began in 1962 under the Communist regime of East Germany. Its founder, Cantor Werner Sander, a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps and the only Hazzan of the small Jewish communities of Dresden and Leipzig, dedicated the choir to saving and preserving the Jewish musical tradition as it had existed in Germany before the Shoah. After Sander's death, in 1972, KS Helmut Klotz, a non-Jewish tenor singer, took over the choir and enriched its repertoire. More...
IJSO in the Community
Dr. Joel Kushner, Director of the Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation of HUC-JIR participated in a panel discussion, "Jews in the GLBT Community," on April 20, 2010. The program, co-sponsored by California State University at Northridge (CSUN) Hillel, CSUN LGBTA, and CSUN Students for Israel, was attended by over 60 students following a screening of the movie, "Trembling Before G-d," which shares the intimately told stories of Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian. The film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma - how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism with the Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality. The college students in attendance had numerous questions from wanting to know how other denominations addressed homosexuality to how they could advocate for LGBT equality on their own campus. Rabbi Zach Shapiro (CN '97) of Temple Akiba in Culver City, CA, and Member of the LA Campus' Board of Overseers also participated on the panel. More...
Rabbi Bernard M. Cohen First Rabbi to Receive Honorary Degree from Catholic College in Indiana
Rabbi Bernard M. Cohen (HUC-JIR/New York '56), will receive an honorary degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) during the college's 169th commencement ceremonies May 8. Cohen is the first Rabbi to receive an honorary degree from SMWC, which is the nation's oldest Catholic liberal arts college for women. Cohen, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Judea of Tarzana and West Hills, Los Angeles, Calif., has described Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College as "pioneering and innovative." He is the first Rabbi to teach at the Catholic college. He was a visiting professor from 1963 to 1970. He taught Jewish history and contemporary Judaism. "It was a time when the word 'ecumenism' entered our vocabulary and it was my strong feeling that I could make a contribution to the process by participating in teaching," said Cohen. "The classes that dealt with Jewish History and Contemporary Judaism was a way to bring to the students at SMWC a relevant involvement in this learning process." More...
HUC-JIR in the News
Wandering the Biltmore: Rabbi David Ellenson at Jewish Funders Network - Jewish Journal
"Let's not forget that people at the core of innovative movements received deep, traditional educations" at schools, camps, seminaries and universities, Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, reminded the funders at the recent meeting of the Jewish Funders Network. More...
Ogden Jewish Congregation Sees Torah from Poland that Survived WWII Horrors - Standard Examiner
The memory of 6 million men, women and children killed during the Holocaust received special honor last weekend when members of Ogden's Jewish Congregation Brith Sholem used a Torah scroll that survived the devastation for their Yom HaShoah memorial service. It was the first time the relic from World War II has come to the Ogden congregation. The scroll showed signs of obvious wear and tear because it was buried by rabbis in a burial ground during that time of devastation in order to keep their scared writings from desecration at the hands of the Nazis. Prisoners would visit the burial ground, dig up the buried scrolls and cut parts of them out and smuggle them back into camp for their fellow prisoners to read and study. "They risked their lives every time they would do this," said student Rabbi Aron Klein, who read from the scroll during last weekend's services. "They knew they would be killed even if they were caught praying." Klein said experiencing the Yanov Torah reminds people of the courage, strength and enduring faith of those who previously took care of it. Please click here to view the pdf copy of this article. Rabbi Aron Klein included part of Rabbi Joel Simonds' (HUC-JIR/Los Angeles '09) senior sermon in his retelling of the story of the Yanov Torah. Please click here for sermon by Rabbi Joel Simonds on the dedication of the Torah at HUC-JIR/LA. More...
The Arts: Multimedia Ghosts - Hadassah Magazine
Mirta Kupferminc's wandering figures meander up and down the digits of a scarlet hand, travel up a blood-red arm and survive the licking flames of a swirling inferno. A circus-like in an endless parade of outlandish hats and hairdos, acrobatic stances and deformed and winged bodies, they haunt the shadowy roofs of a deserted ghetto, border a pomegranate-shaped doll, carry roots and encircle branches and limbs. They are the spectral lineage of a family tree spreading anew. Wanderings," the appropriately titled 10-year retrospective of Kupferminc's work on display at the HUC-JIR Museum in New York through June 25, bears witness to Kupferminc's own road. Born in Buenos Aires in 1955, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, Kupferminc employs the fine-art style of magical realism to illustrate loss, dislocation and renewal and explores kabbalistic symbolism as a path to her own healing. Completely "pierced" by her parents' history, she says her art traces a legacy of pain, a searing brand on her own identity. More...
Upcoming Events
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Announces 2010 Ordination, Investiture, Graduate, and Honorary Degree Recipients
Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) has announced the class of 2010, who will be ordained, invested, and graduated this spring in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York. Rabbi Ellenson said, "The Class of 2010 emerges from the College-Institute imbued with leadership skills, steeped in knowledge, strengthened by a commitment to service, and dedicated to bringing hope and healing to our troubled world. As they touch the lives of others through their sacred work as rabbis, cantors, educators, communal professionals, scholars, and pastoral care-givers throughout North America and around the world, they will be a source of inspiration and guidance." Click here to view the national invitation for event details. More...
HUC-JIR/New York Graduation and Ordination/Investiture Ceremonies 2010
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York will hold Graduation Ceremonies on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 4 p.m. and Ordination/Investiture Ceremonies on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 9 am. The convocations will take place at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York (10 East 66th Street entrance for Graduation; Fifth Avenue at 65th Street entrance for Ordination/Investiture). Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, said, "The Class of 2010 emerges from the College-Institute imbued with leadership skills, steeped in knowledge, strengthened by a commitment to service, and dedicated to bringing hope and healing to our troubled world. As they touch the lives of others through their sacred work as rabbis, cantors, educators, communal professionals, scholars, and pastoral care-givers throughout North America and around the world, they will be a source of inspiration and guidance." Rabbi Ellenson will present honorary degrees and awards to leading academic, communal, and civic leaders, award earned degrees to HUC-JIR's graduates, ordain the Rabbinical Class of 2010, and invest the Cantorial Class of 2010. Please click here to view the national invitation. More...
HUC-JIR Murstein Synagogue: Summer 2010 Schedule
June 12 Saturday Tefilah led by Arzenu
(Dalia Levy coordinator)
June 19 Saturday Rabbi Marmur
June 26 Saturday Rabbi Wilfond
July 3 Saturday Rabbi Kelman
July 10 Saturday Rabbi Wilfond
July 17 Saturday Rabbi Zweiback (with students)
July 24 Saturday Rabbi Zweiback (with students)
July 31 Saturday Rabbi Marmur
August 7 Saturday Rabbi Kelman More...
Student Services, Recitals, Sermons, and more!
May 3 at 9 am: Drasha: Shai Blosezki; Shaliah zibur: Eli Levin
May 6 at 8:30 am: Leading Services: Joshua Beraha; Dvar Torah: Joshua Herman More...
Faculty News
HUC-JIR is proud of our accomplished faculty:
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR, will deliver a paper in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia, at the Second World Conference on Inter-Religious and Inter-Civilizational Dialogue, May 6-9, 2010. This conference is a key part of the United Nations' "Decade of Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace 2011-2020" (or DECADE), aimed at promoting partnership between UN Member States, UN Agencies, Religious and Spiritual Communities, and Civil Society Organizations to advance the culture of peace. His paper will be, Respect for Religious Rights and Cultural Diversity: The Foundation of peace and prosperity.
Dr. Michael Meyer, the Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, will be delivering the keynote lecture on May 7th at Tarbut 2010, this year's Jewish Cultural Congress at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps above Munich. His subject will be "Das deutsch-judische Erbe in Amerika" (The German-Jewish Legacy in America). A week later, following the Friday evening service, he will be speaking at the Progressive congregation Bet Simkha in Prague, and then, the following Sunday, will be delivering the keynote for an academic conference at the University of Frankfurt marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Rabbi Abraham Geiger. His subject there will be "Abraham Geiger, der Mensch."
New at the HUC-JIR Judaica Gallery

Fine art photographer and fiber artist, Beth Shepherd Peters has created a line of beautiful and meaningful tallitot. Using a unique method, photographs are printed on one side of a pure silk tallit, with the other side being a solid color. The tzit-tzit are wool and hand tied. Each tallit is 17" x 72".

Featured in the picture from left to right:
Sunset in Israel: This tallit is created from a photograph of a sunset in Tel Aviv. The atarah has a Hebrew prayer printed within a stitched border: May the One who causes peace to reign in the high heavens cause peace to reign amoung us, all Israel, and all the world.

White Cosmos: The flowers on this tallit are Cosmos, grown in Beth Shepherd Peter's garden, blooming in the autumn. The soft drape makes it comfortable to wrap yourself in for prayer. The atarah is stitched with a simple border.

Maple Leaves: The leaves on this tallit are from a Japanese Maple Tree in autumn. The atarah has a Hebrew prayer printed within a stitched border: How good it is, and how pleasant, when we dwell together in unity.

Pink Cosmos: The flowers on this tallit are Cosmos, grown in Beth Shepherd Peter's garden, blooming in autumn. The atarah has a Hebrew prayer printed within a stitched border: Grant us peace, Your most precious gift, O Eternal Source of peace, and give us the will to proclaim its message to all of the peoples of the earth.

Each tallit is $360 plus shipping and handling. To purchase, please contact: 212-824-2218,

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