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The next issue of HUCNews will appear on September 16, 2010
and will resume weekly on October 6, 2010.
News at HUC-JIR
Welcoming the New Academic Year
Students across HUC-JIR's stateside campuses are beginning their studies or returning from their summer internships, chaplaincy training, and infield social responsibility projects with energy, vision, and anticipation for the 2010-2011 academic year. More...
Deborah Shapiro Abelson Appointed Director of Admissions and Recruitment at HUC-JIR
Deborah Shapiro Abelson, who has served as the Regional Director of Admissions and Recruitment at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles for the past three years, has now taken on the role of National Director of Admissions and Recruitment for HUC-JIR, as of July 1, 2010. More...
Westboro Baptist Church "Helped" Raise Funds for Target of their Protest
Responding to the Westboro Baptist Church's (WBC) protest at the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's (HUC-JIR) on August 13, 2010, staff, faculty, students and alumni have pledged contributions to the very program that WBC chose to picket: the Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation (IJSO). The money raised will support the training of future Jewish leaders on creating inclusive communities. Donations may be made by calling 213-765-2106 or at More...
IJSO Co-sponsors 20th World Conference of GLBT Jews
The Institute for Judaism & Sexual Orientation was a proud co-sponsor of the historic 20th World Conference of GLBT Jews from August 13 through August 15 at the UCLA Hillel. Dr. Joel Kushner, Director of the IJSO at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, presented a review of programming and best practices for the facilitation and promotion of GLBT inclusion in Jewish institutions with Asher Gellis. More...
Educators Gather in Cincinnati for Intensive 6-Day Seminar on Jewish Culture and Identity
The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives hosted and co-sponsored an intensive 6-day seminar, for twenty-two teachers and educators from private and public middle schools and high schools across the country, on "Culture and Identity, Past and Present: Exploring the Jewish Experience Through Texts, Films and Literature." More...
41st Culmination Exercises of HUC-JIR's School of Jewish Communal Service
The 41st Culmination Exercises of HUC-JIR's School of Jewish Communal Service were held on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles. The Culmination address, "Jewish Leadership in the 21st Century: Recapturing Our Soul!" was presented by Nancy Kaufman, Executive Director of the Boston JCRC and the Rabbi Lois Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence. Click here to read Kaufman's address. Julia Malkin, a degree candidate in MAJCS and MPA, presented reflections from the 2010 SJCS Culmination class. Click here to read Malkin's address. More...
Faculty News
HUC-JIR is proud of our accomplished faculty:
Professor Steven Windmueller was the guest speaker at "Changing Jewish Communal Policies and Attitudes" on July 15, 2010 at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, where he discussed the Jewish communities of the Western United States. His essay, "The Jewish Communities of the Western United States," was recently published in the American Jewish Committee and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs new book, American Jewry's Comfort Level: Present and Future, edited by Manfred Gerstenfeld and Steven Bayme. More...
Upcoming Events
High Holy Day Services at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
Services will be led by Rabbi Dr. Michael Marmur, Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback, and HUC-JIR Rabbinical and Cantorial Students. No tickets needed.
Rosh Hashanah: Erev Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, 29th of Elul / September 8th - 6:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah Morning: Thursday, 1st of Tishrei / September 9th - 9:30 am
Services at Hebrew Union College Murstein Synagogue, Entrance at 13 King David Street
Yom Kippur:
Erev Yom Kippur service: Friday, 9th of Tishrei / September 17th - 5:00 pm
Yom Kippur morning: Shabbat, 10th of Tishrei / September 18th, Mincha/Yizkor/Ne'ilah services - 3:00 pm
Services at the Blaustein Hall, Merkaz Shimshon-Beit Shmuel, Entrance at 6 Shama St. More...
Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture with Dr. David B. Ruderman: Tuesday, October 12 at 5:30 pm at HUC-JIR/New York
Dr. David B. Ruderman, Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History and Ella Darivoff Director of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will present "The People and the Book: The Invention of Print and the Transformation of Jewish Culture" at 6:00 pm. The Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial 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. RSVP: or 212-824-2293. Free admission; photo ID required. More...
Opening Reception for A Stitch in Jewish Time: Provocative Textiles: Wednesday, October 13 at 5:30 pm at the HUC-JIR/New York Museum
Significant international textile artists explore issues of Jewish history, culture, social justice, ritual, and sacred texts. Forty-one artists include Yaacov Agam, Andi Arnovitz, Helene Aylon, Judy Chicago, Adam Cohen, Laurie Gross, Greg Lauren, Peachy Levy, Norma Minkowitz, Mark Podwal, Elaine Reichek, Lisa Rosowsky, Miriam Schapiro, Laurie Wohl, and Estelle Yarinsky. The exhibition is on view from September 7, 2010 through June 30, 2011. RSVP: or 212-824-2293. Free; photo ID required. More...
27th Annual Cincinnati Associates Tribute Dinner: October 24 at 5:30 pm in Cincinnati
HUC-JIR invites you to the 27th Annual Cincinnati Associates Tribute Dinner to benefit the students of the Cincinnati campus on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency (151 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati). The event will honor Karen M. Hoguet, Chief Financial Officer at Macy's, and James A. Miller, Chairman at Bartlett & Company. The reception will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm. The Dinner Chairman is Dick Weiland. For more information, please contact (513) 487-3047 or More...
HUC-JIR in the News
Why Jews should support mosque near Ground Zero - The Washington Post
Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR, and Rabbi Robert Levine, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City, write, "To refuse to allow this project to go forward would suggest that all Muslims are terrorists or covert supporters of terrorism, and that an Islamic House of God cannot preach and practice divinely inspired values of justice, freedom and human dignity for all races and religions. This is patently insulting and unsupportable." More...
The New Angry American Jewish Voter - The Jewish Journal
Dr. Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Professor of Jewish Communal Service at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, writes, "As a minority community, Jews cannot afford the luxury of being seen as a house divided. Ethnic communities operate within a particular framework of influence and credibility. When their power is understood to be compromised or weakened by internal discord, their capacity to be politically effective is proportionally reduced." More...
The Sisterhood 50: America's Influential Women Rabbis - The Jewish Daily Forward
22 HUC-JIR alumnae are among the "Top 50": B. Elka Abrahamson, Laura Baum, Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Rachel Cowan, Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus, Rebecca Dubowe, Denise L. Eger, Dayle Friedman, Elyse Frishman, Laura Geller, Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, Stephanie Kolin, Jennifer Krause, Ellen Lippmann, Janet Marder, Sally J. Priesand, Jennie Rosenn, Felicia Sol, Alysa Stanton, Marcia Zimmerman, Miri Gold, and Naamah Kelman. More...
Can Day Schools Survive? - The Jewish Week
In describing its news-making $33 million grant to the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Yeshiva University to train a cadre of more than 1,000 Jewish educators, the heads of The Jim Joseph Foundation were clear about where they envision most of these teachers working. "The vast majority will not necessarily go work at day schools," Al Levitt, President of the Jim Joseph Foundation, told The Jewish Week. "Informal education is where it is going to be." More...
Elusive Numbers: U.S. Population by Religion - The Wall Street Journal
The Census Bureau doesn't collect data about the population of religious groups in the U.S., barred from compelling responses because of a 1976 law passed by Congress. Professor Steven Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at HUC-JIR/New York, who has worked on estimates of the Jewish population, would like to see the U.S. Census ask about religion, but said some Jewish groups' fears of anti-Semitism helped pass the 1976 law that bans such a question. More...
Ancient Religion Goes High-tech -
From hosting an online Seder to tweeting about her faith, Rabbi Laura Baum (HUC-JIR/Cincinnati '08), Adjunct Instructor of Human Relations at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, is spreading Judaism in an unconventional, but increasingly relevant way. The 30-year-old rabbi helps tend to, an online congregation and outreach of Congregation Beth Adam in Loveland. More...
Fellow Demons: Hatred and mistrust prevent Jews, Muslims from building intercultural bridges - Jewish Journal
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, writes, "Ending our Islamophobia is not an easy task, since prejudice tends to be deeply embedded in culture and becomes instinctive and habitual. Yet our own Jewish wisdom counters this bad habit by teaching that humanity - all humanity - was created in the image of God." More...
UK Jews More Tied to Israel than American Jews -
"UK Jewry is far more connected to Israel than American Jewry," said Professor Steven Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at the HUC-JIR/New York. "Among the most outstanding differences are the extent of travel to Israel, the number who have lived or are planning to live in Israel, the high proportion of British Jews who identify as Zionists, and the high proportion who see Israel as important to their identities as Jews," he said. Click here to read Steven Cohen's "Dovish, But Still Devoted" in Haaretz. More...
Prop. 8 Overturned, Judge Affirms Right to Gay Marriage - Jewish Journal
Dr. Joel Kushner, Director of the Institute for Judaism and Sexual Orientation at HUC-JIR, would like to see Jews take a more proactive stand on marriage equality and gay issues. Click here to read alumni opinions of the Prop. 8 Ruling. Click here to read the RAC's response to the decision. More...
Rabbi at Chelsea Clinton's Wedding Has Been on a Spiritual Journey - New York Times
Rabbi James Ponet (HUC-JIR/Cincinnati '68), who co-officiated at the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on July 31, 2010, will henceforth be known for presiding at the most publicized interfaith wedding in recent American history. Yet not long ago, the wedding that put him in the spotlight is one he would not have performed. As Yale's chief rabbi since 1981, Rabbi Ponet has led a very public journey, from strict observance - which counseled against intermarriages - to a more open liberalism that can permit them. More...
Execs Morph Into Suits That Rock -
Gary Bockelman, Chief Operating Officer at HUC-JIR, alongside more than 36 local business and community leaders, unleashed his inner rock star for the Carnegie Center for the Arts' third annual Suits That Rock fundraiser, which benefits the Covington community arts center's children's education programs. More...
If Only English Football Could Find a Manager Like Moses - The Jewish News
Rabbi Daniel Burkeman (HUC-JIR/Los Angeles '09), Associate Rabbi at West London Synagogue and recently elected Vice Chair of Arzenu, the World Reform Zionist Organization, writes, "All too often today we have a fractious Jewish community divdied along ethnic, political, and religious lines. We focus on our individual place and our individual community rather than the Jewish people.'" More...
Dr. Gary P. Zola, the Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA), recently celebrated his tenth anniversary as the Executive Director at the AJA. To honor this milestone, as well as the 60th anniversary of the Founding of the AJA, the AJA published "New Essays in American Jewish History: Commemorating the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Founding of the American Jewish Archives," a collection of new and original scholarly studies of the American Jewish experience, co-edited by Pamela S. Nadell, Jonathan D. Sarna and Lance J. Sussman-all of whom serve on the academic advisory board of the AJA. Please click here for further information.
Photo of the Week

A squirrel caught munching on a strawberry in the organic garden at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles. The HUC-JIR/Los Angeles organic garden, tended to by rabbinical, education, and nonprofit management students, grows strawberries, squashes, tomatoes, herbs, and beans. All produce goes to SOVA, a local community food and resource program (
New at the HUC-JIR Judaica Gallery

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