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Jim Joseph Foundation Makes $5.2 Million Grant to DeLeT
The Jim Joseph Foundation has awarded a three-year, $5.2 million grant to the DeLeT teacher education program at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles and Brandeis University. The grant extends a donor relationship between the foundation and DeLeT that began two years ago. According to an evaluation commissioned by the foundation, DeLeT represents a "paradigm shift" in the preparation of Jewish day school teachers, integrating graduate coursework with a yearlong immersive field experience in partner schools. As of this summer, the program will have prepared almost 140 Jewish day school teachers, working in 40 schools across the U.S. "What began as a response to a crisis quickly grew into an innovative, vision-driven approach to Jewish teacher education," said Michael Zeldin, director of HUC-JIR's Rhea Hirsch School of Education, where DeLeT is headquartered. "And now with the support of the Jim Joseph Foundation, we can continue to provide day schools with teachers who can inspire students to live as knowledgeable and committed Jews in America." More...
Establishment of Ha-Mercaz Ha-Maaravi l'Yahadut Mitkademet, the Western Center for Reform Judaism
The Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR is now home to the Western Center for Reform Judaism - an innovative environment that brings together the academic, congregational, and rabbinical leadership arms of the Reform Movement under one roof. HUC-JIR, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), and the Central Conference of Reform Rabbis (CCAR) are benefiting from the enhanced synergy and cooperation facilitated by the Center, which is a template for a proposed National Reform Movement Center in New York. More...
Israel Religious Action Center Moves to HUC-JIR/Jerusalem: All Arms of the Reform Movement in Israel under One Roof
The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) dedicated its new home at the Jerusalem campus of HUC-JIR on Wednesday, June 30th. The Hanukat Bayit - housewarming party - began with a reception and mezuzah hanging, followed by keynote speaker, Israeli author Amos Oz. The Israel Religious Action Center, the public and legal advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel, was founded in 1987 with the goals of advancing pluralism in Israeli society and defending the freedoms of conscience, faith, and religion. Through the generosity of Rabbi Amy and Gary Perlin, IRAC moved to the Jerusalem campus of HUC-JIR in January of 2010. Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean of HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, speaks for President David Ellenson and the entire HUC-JIR/Jerusalem community in welcoming IRAC to the place where it belongs-"at the heart of our Jerusalem campus, to promote the noble values of our Reform Movement-social justice, tikkun olam, and human rights advocacy." Please click here to read Gary Perlin's remarks at the ceremony. More...
DeLeT Welcomes Largest Cohort
DeLeT (Day School Leadership Through Teaching), a program of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, welcomed its largest cohort (Cohort 9) since the program began in 2002-13 students-on Sunday, June 20. Joining the new cohort for 5 weeks of study during June and July is Cohort 8-12 students-who will graduate on July 23. DeLeT is a 13 month program which prepares participants for careers as Jewish day school teachers. In addition to receiving a Certificate in Jewish Day School Teaching, students fulfill all the requirements for a California State Teaching Credential. More...
Dr. David Ilan and Dr. Nili Fox Lead Tours of the Skirball Archaeology Museum at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
In June, four groups of college students on study tours in Jerusalem visited the Skirball Archaeology Museum of the NGSBA at the Jerusalem campus of HUC-JIR. Responding to requests from program directors at Asbury University, Wesley College, Indiana-Wesleyan University, and HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, Dr. David Ilan, Director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, and Dr. Nili Fox, Director of the School of Graduate Studies, provided guided tours of the artifact collections at the Skirball Archaeology Museum. These unique collections are all finds from HUC-JIR-sponsored excavations spanning the last five decades at Tel Dan, Gezer, and Aroer. The artifacts are displayed both chronologically and thematically, offering visitors a window into the daily life and religious practices of Canaanites and Israelites in early antiquity. Approximately fifty graduate and undergraduate students on the tours engaged in discussions on how the material culture from these sites helps to enlighten our understanding of biblical history. More...
Annual World Council of Jewish Communal Service June Seminar: Is What's Good for Israel Good for the Jews? How to Achieve Unity When Opinions Differ
Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean of HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, participated in the Annual World Council of Jewish Communal Service June Seminar, "Is What's Good for Israel Good for the Jews? How to Achieve Unity When Opinions Differ" on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem. The keynote speaker, Professor Shlomo Avineri, Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, led a discussion of the timely and critical issues faced by Jewish communal professionals during a time of tension and differences within the Israel Diaspora relationship. The event was held in cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel Annual Assembly. Please click here to read Rabbi Kelman's response to Professor Avineri. More...
Germany Close Up 2010 Reflection
Beaumont Shapiro, a fifth-year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, writes: "I had the pleasure of participating in the 'Germany Close Up' program this past spring, facilitated by Dr. Leah Hochman of the Los Angeles campus. Our class was structured so that we had completed extensive historical reading and participated in several seminars, prior to the trip. Once on the ground in Berlin, the real learning began. I was continually struck and impressed by the degree to which history informs Germany as a nation, as well as German citizens as individuals. Everywhere you walk in Berlin, everyone you speak with, is clearly aware of, and informed by, the nation's past. Many of us at one time or another in our lives, study our family genealogy trying to figure out where we come from and who we are. So too is it essential that we do this for our Judaism. We have to spend time in Germany, soaking up the culture and the flavor, studying the history of our people there so that we can better understand who we are as 21st-century Reform Jews, striving to help Judaism evolve in an ever changing world." More...
Annual Alumni Shabbat Program at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
Alumni from around the world convened at the Annual Alumni Shabbat Program at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem on July 10, 2010. Paul Liptz presented the keynote address on "Looking Back to the Future: Dilemmas of the Global Interaction of Reform/Progressive Judaism," followed by breakout study sessions which focused on Israel-Diaspora Relations led by: Rabbi Marc Rosenstein, Ph.D., Director, Israel Rabbinic Program; Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D., Jerusalem Faculty; and Rabbi David Levine, Ph.D., Jerusalem faculty. Alumni had the opportunity to meet the new Year-In-Israel class and enjoy Havdallah with colleagues and incoming students. More...
Staff of the Union for Reform Judaism Volunteers at HUC-JIR's Soup Kitchen
On July 19, 2010, Naomi Abelson, Social Action Specialist at the Union for Reform Judaism and a graduate of HUC-JIR's School of Jewish Communal Service in Los Angeles, organized a URJ staff delegation to HUC-JIR/New York to volunteer at the weekly, student-run Soup Kitchen. Rabbi Daniel Freelander, Senior Vice President of the URJ, who volunteered at the Soup Kitchen, explained, "Fourteen members of the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism volunteered their time to support HUC-JIR's Soup Kitchen. Their professional lives are devoted to promoting Jewish literacy and social justice, and this is an opportunity to do the work of social justice in addition to promoting the cause." More...
Faculty News
HUC-JIR is proud of our accomplished faculty:
Dr. David Aaron, Professor of Hebrew Bible and History of Interpretation at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, was invited to be a 2010-2011 Institute Fellow with the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies. The theme for the 2010-2011 Fellows is Jewish languages. Dr. Aaron's project is titled "Language, Holiness, and Identity: The Concept of l'shon haqodesh [the Holy Tongue] from the Late Biblical Era through the Closing of Talmudic Era Literatures." He will trace the development of Jewish ethnic and religious identity during the late biblical and early rabbinic periods as they are manifested in the emergence of language consciousness and the development of Hebrew's status as a holy language. Language consciousness and identity are shaped in response to assimilatory forces both in the Land of Israel and the Diaspora in antiquity. As the Jews' "literature" became their ideological "homeland," Hebrew's ontological status in the world polity became an object for Jewish reflection. This study will engage theories off ethnic identity, socio-linguistic theory, translation theory, and literary and cultural criticism, in an attempt to decipher the significance of diglossia, translation, and identity as they pertain to Judaism's ideology of its "holy language."
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, was published in the Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, a refereed, academic journal published by Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. Please click here to read his article: "Divine Authority and Mass Violence: Economies of Aggression in the Emergence of Religions" (JSRI Volume 9, no. 26 Summer 2010). Rabbi Firestone gave a keynote address July 14 - July 16 at an international conference in Singapore convened by Professor Tarik Ramadan, called "Muslims in Multicultural Societies." The conference was sponsored by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis), in collaboration with the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford University. He was invited to give a talk in the opening session called "A Candid History of Multiculturalism in Muslim Civilization." While there, Rabbi Firestone travelled to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he led a seminar on July 21 at Gadjah Mada University, the largest university in Indonesia. He met with a doctoral student at GMU writing a dissertation on the relationship between Sufism and Kabbalah, and on whose Ph.D. dissertation committee he sits. Please click here to read Rabbi Firestone's article in the Jewish Journal, "Waking Up in Israel."
Professor Steven Windmueller was the guest speaker at "Changing Jewish Communal Policies and Attitudes" on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He discussed The Jewish Communities of the Western United States. Twenty-five percent of all American Jews live in the Western United States representing a distinctive and growing voice within Jewish life. Different types of Western Jewish communities have emerged, reflecting unique economic and social factors. Western Jews have taken on many of the attributes associated with their region. The pioneering and independent spirit of the region has fostered special Jewish communal and religious models. Experimentation has typified Jewish life in this part of the world. Distance from the "capital" of American Jewry, New York, has led to institutional conflicts that have further separated Western Jewry from the rest of the community.
Dr. Gary P. Zola, Professor of the American Jewish Experience at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati and Executive Director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, was invited to lecture on "The American Jewish Reform Movement and Its German Origins" at the Konrad Adenaur Stiftung in Berlin. The conference was held on July 15, 2010, to commemorate the birth of the Reform Movement in Germany 200 years ago. More...
HUC-JIR in the News
Op-Ed: A Call for State-sanctioned Religious Tolerance- Jerusalem Post
Rabbi David Ellenson writes: "As I write these words in the hours before Tisha Be'Av, I feel a sense of great sadness. As a lifelong Zionist devoted to the State of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people, I am filled with sorrow regarding recent developments that threaten to undermine both the liberal and democratic ethos of its founding leaders and the relationship between American Jews and Israel. The arrest of Anat Hoffman for carrying a Torah scroll publicly at the Western Wall last week as she participated in the Rosh Hodesh prayers held monthly by 'Women of the Wall' as well as the proposed Rotem conversion bill that would have granted a Haredi Chief Rabbinate exclusive oversight over all conversion matters had left hundreds of thousands of Jews with feelings of sorrow and anger. These acts were tantamount to a declaration of war by zealots in governmentally sanctioned positions of power against liberal religious Jews in particular and Diaspora Jewry in general. This struggle for Jewish religious freedom is a principled fight for justice that expects the state to be impartial in defining authentic religious Judaism. It is high time that the legitimacy and authority of different branches of religious Judaism be affirmed in Israel. This will surely enhance and strengthen the commitment significant numbers of American Jews feel towards the Jewish state." More...
Op-Ed: A Plea for Inclusion and Religious Liberty on LGBT Rights - JTA
Rabbi David Ellenson writes: "As a Reform Rabbi passionately committed to the religious position that Judaism demands full rights for lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgender Jews and as President of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion that proudly houses the Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation with its transdenominational "Welcoming Synagogues Project" that aids in the creation of a Jewish community that will be open and receptive to LGBT Jews, I read with great interest the op-ed Nathan Diament recently wrote for the Jewish Telegraph Agency in which he responded to the call Lynn Schusterman issued to Jewish organizations to adopt policies that would foster greater inclusion of LGBT Jews in our Jewish community. It will therefore come as no surprise when I assert that I agree completely with the positions Schusterman expressed regarding discrimination against LGBT persons and that my own religious standpoint does not allow me to agree with Diament when he asserts that the 'clear and firm teachings of Jewish law and tradition going back to the Bible" "cannot embrace or validate homosexual activity as legitimate.' Instead, I hold that the values and principles of empathy and justice contained in our tradition demand an alternative Jewish religious standpoint that would require that the LGBT community receive the same privileges and entitlements that heterosexuals enjoy as Jews seek to realize the moral obligations that the narrative and principles of our Torah impose upon our community." More...
American Jews Battle Israeli Conversion Bill - NPR
Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean of HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, spoke on NPR on July 20, 2010 about the battle that is pitting the powerful American Jewish community against some of the leading Jewish figures in Israel. Over the weekend, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the disagreement over a controversial law that deals with conversion to Judaism could "tear apart" the Jewish people. America is a close second to Israel in terms of how many Jews live there. And the U.S. Jewish community is vital in terms of the political, financial and moral support it lends the Jewish state. So when a senior Jewish delegation representing some of the most powerful Jewish groups comes from the U.S. to Jerusalem for an emergency meeting, it's serious. Kelman said, "Never in the history of the State of Israel has there been a law to determine the status of a convert." More...
Women of the Wall Head Arrested at Kotel - JTA
The Chairman of the Women of the Wall, Anat Hoffman, was banned from the Western Wall for 30 days after being arrested for holding a Torah scroll at the site. Jerusalem police arrested Hoffman following the monthly women's Rosh Chodesh prayer service. She was taken in for questioning and held for five hours before she was released, the organization said. A Supreme Court ruling prohibits women from reading the Torah at the wall; the group said that she was just holding the scroll. According to the organization's account, Hoffman, holding the Torah scroll, was leading about 150 women from the women's section of the Western Wall in a procession toward Robinson's Arch, where they are permitted to use the Torah scroll. Police tried to remove the Torah scroll from Hoffman's arms and arrested her for not praying according to the traditional customs of the Western Wall. "The arrest of a woman on the first day of the month of Av is a harsh reminder of the price that Israeli society may pay for its religious intolerance and fanaticism," Hoffman's group said in a statement. More...
The 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America - Newsweek
David Ellenson, Eric Yoffie, David Saperstein, and HUC-JIR alumni were featured in Newsweek's 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America.
David Ellenson-Under Ellenson's leadership as president, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion continues to develop, train, and support the dynamic Jewish leaders of tomorrow.
Other leading HUC-JIR alumni included in Newsweek's list are:
Eric Yoffie represents 1.5 million Jews in more than 900 synagogues in his role as president of the Union of Reform Judaism.
David Saperstein-Having just completed his term as the only rabbi serving on President Obama's White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Saperstein continues to act as a major influence in Washington in his role as director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
Uri D. Herscher is the founder, president and CEO of the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus-As president of the CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis), Dreyfus represents nearly 2,000 Reform rabbis.
Peter J. Rubinstein-As senior rabbi for New York's Central Synagogue, Rubinstein presides over a congregation of more than 1,700 families.
M. Bruce Lustig-As senior rabbi for Washington's largest synagogue, Washington Hebrew Congregation, Lustig presides over a congregation of more than 3,000 members.
Kerry M. Olitzky-As executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, Olitzky is one of the leading rabbinical advocates for outreach to interfaith and unaffiliated families in America.
Steven Leder-In addition to serving as Senior Rabbi at Los Angeles's Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Leder is also a bestselling author.
David Stern-As senior rabbi for Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, Stern presides over the largest congregation in the Southwest. More...
Summer Series on the Topic of Saying Sorry and Asking for Forgiveness - HUC-JIR's Blog of Continuing Jewish Learning
HUC-JIR's Blog of Continuing Jewish Learning has published a 4-part summer series on the topic of saying sorry and asking for forgiveness. The series began with a post by Dr. Richard Sarason, Professor of Rabbinic Literature and Thought at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, who brought ancient wisdom to bear on some of our contemporary culture of apologizing. The series continued with a post by Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, PhD., who shared some of her reflections of the shape of forgiveness. Dr. Aaron Panken, Assistant Professor of Rabbinic and Second Temple Literature at HUC-JIR/New York, challenged us to think about how saying sorry can change the person who says it. Most recently, Dr. Dalia Marx, Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Midrash at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, used her expert understanding of liturgy to bring us back to a fundamental question in the process of teshuvah, the relationship between the forgiver and the one asking for forgiveness. Please click here to read all installments in the summer series. More...
The Jewish Publication Society Names Barry L. Schwartz as New CEO - The Jewish Publication Society
The Jewish Publication Society (JPS), the nation's preeminent publisher of biblical, scholarly, and popular Jewish works in English for more than 122 years, including the JPS TANAKH, has named noted rabbi and author Barry L. Schwartz (HUC-JIR/New York '85) its Chief Executive Officer. "Leading JPS into the digital age is the challenge of a lifetime," Schwartz said. "The Jewish people have survived and thrived by studying and being inspired by Torah while the world around them changes, and our age is no different. I believe JPS will remain the source of choice for the next generation of life-long Jewish learners, publishing books of enduring quality." More...
The Overscheduled Jewish Child - The Jewish Week
For families whose children attend public school or a secular private school rather than a Jewish day school, finding time for religious study can be a challenge. Despite the difficult juggling act of balancing work, home life, and a child's after-school activities, many parents are willing to sacrifice a weeknight karate lesson for the rabbi's parasha class. "People fit into their overscheduled lives things that are important to them, so it's a matter of helping our families experience Judaism as a support and a way to help them through life," said Evie Rotstein. She is project director at the Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators, a program run by the schools of education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Jewish Theological Seminary and funded by UJA-Federation of New York. Many synagogues have responded to families' time constraints by revamping their educational programming. "It's about choice and flexibility," said Rob Weinberg, director of the Experiment in Congregational Education, an initiative of the HUC-JIR's Rhea Hirsch School of Education in Los Angeles. "Many of the designs that are emerging are recognizing that families are overburdened with demands on their time. Congregations are trying to find ways to create flexibility and choice." More...
Newly Ordained Find the 2010 Spiritual Job Market a Tough Place To Sell Their Wares - The Forward
Last fall, Rabbi Lennard Thal, head of the Reform movement's Joint Commission on Rabbinic Placement, gave an uncharacteristic warning to senior rabbinical students at HUC-JIR: Consider options other than the pulpit for your rabbinic career. His advice reflected the failure of an unprecedented number of graduates of the rabbinic class of 2009 to find pulpits. Thal's warning "helped prepare us mentally for the fact we might not get a job through the placement system," said Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman (HUC-JIR/New York '10), who recently began working as development manager for CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. "It helped us think more creatively." In the end, only 25 of HUC-JIR's 44 graduating rabbis sought pulpits, but all of those were placed in positions, Thal said. Even so, HUC-JIR sent more new rabbis into congregations than any other seminary this year has managed to do. More...
For Reform Judaism, Change Is the Constant - The Forward
Michael A. Meyer, the Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History Emeritus at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, writes: "Two hundred years ago, in the small Westphalian town of Seesen, the latter-day court Jew Israel Jacobson built a small synagogue intended mainly for the impoverished boys in the vocational school he had founded there. What made the "Jacobstempel," as it became known, unusual was that it contained an organ; the bimah was at the front of the sanctuary, rather than in the traditional center; and, along with edifying sermons from the pulpit, vernacular hymns were sung during services conducted in an atmosphere of worshipful decorum. Jacobson was not a conscious "reformer" of Judaism; he merely wanted to bring its externals up to date. Yet the July 1810 dedication ceremony of that temple is now being celebrated as Reform Judaism's starting point. Reform Jews around the world are referring to this year as their movement's bicentennial." More...
Upcoming Events
Tekkes Siyyum Culminating Ceremony of DeLeT Fellows: July 23 at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles
You are cordially invited to attend the DeLet (Day School Leadership Through Teaching) Tekkes Siyyum Culminating Ceremony for DeLeT Fellows who will be receiving a certificate in Jewish Day School Teaching from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles. The ceremony will take place on Friday, July 23, 2010 at 11:00 am in the Walter S. Hilborn Synagogue at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles (3077 University Avenue, LA - parking lot entrance on Hoover Street between 30th and 32nd Streets). Light reception to follow ceremony. More...
The URJ's Kallah 2010: August 4-8 in Glen Cove, NY
Dr. Lawrence Hoffman, Dr. Jonathan Krasner, Dr. Mark Washofsky, and Dr. Andrea Weiss will be among the scholars teaching at the URJ's Summer Kallah. The URJ's Kallah is an intense immersion in Jewish texts and ideas with outstanding teachers within a vibrant community of committed leaders. This is an unparalleled opportunity for spiritual renewal with full days of study and spiritual growth, including six sessions of a limud (text-based study seminars), plus additional workshops and learning opportunities. The entire Kallah community joins together for daily worship and meals, plus entertainment, singing and socializing. Register now for an unforgettable learning experience August 4-8, 2010, at the Glen Cove Mansion in Glen Cove, NY. More...
World Conference of GLBT Jews: August 13-15 at UCLA Hillel
The Institute for Judaism & Sexual Orientation is a proud co-sponsor of the historic 20th World Conference of GLBT Jews. The sponsoring organization, Keshet Gaavah, the World Congress of GLBT Jews, was the first organization to bring together GLBT Jews from all over the world beginning in 1976. Many great HUC-JIR alumni are part of the conference, including Rabbi Lawrence Edwards, Rabbi Lisa Edwards, and Rabbi Jocee Hudson, to name a few. The conference keynote speaker on Friday, August 13, is Progressive Jewish Alliance Executive Director, Elissa Barrett, Esq. The World Conference will honor Senator Mark Leno for his lifelong advocacy of GLBT rights and inclusion. The Conference is scheduled for August 13-15 at UCLA Hillel. Information about the conference, including how to register, is available at More...
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