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October 22, 2010
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HUC-JIR Welcomes New Members onto the Board of Governors

The following individuals were inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion at its meeting in Cincinnati on October 18, 2010:

Karen M. Hoguet is Chief Financial Officer of Macy's, Inc. (formerly known as Federated Department Stores, Inc.) Hoguet joined the company as a senior consultant in marketing and long-range planning after leaving the Boston Consultant Group in 1982. In 1985, she was named director of capital and business planning and, in 1987, promoted to operating vice president for planning and financial analysis. A year later, she was elected a corporate vice president and became senior vice president of planning in 1991. Hoguet added the title of corporate treasurer a year later. In 1997, she was elected senior vice president and chief financial officer, and promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2005.
Rabbi Lewis H. Kamrass is the Senior Rabbi of Isaac M. Wise Temple of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he has spent his entire rabbinate of twenty-six years. Appointed to the position of Wise Temple's Senior Rabbi at the unusually young age of 29, his tenure has been marked by significant congregational involvement by hundreds of the synagogue's members in a variety of Social Action projects including service in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, educational projects, and other civic activities.
Richard Scheiner retired as a shareholder of The Buckingham Research Group in April, 2007 following a career in institutional equity sales and building the infrastructure of the firm. He developed the e-mail communication formats used by most brokerage firms in communicating research ideas to clients. His account base included such firms as Fidelity Management and Research, Wellington Management, Vinik Asset management, Credit Suisse Asset Management, ING Asset Management and others. Prior to Buckingham, Scheiner was one of the partners buying Lynch, Jones and Ryan from Citicorp. He currently manages his own portfolios which include stocks, bonds, directly owned real estate, commodities and real estate, venture and distressed securities partnerships.
Rabbi Scott L. Shpeen has served Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany since 1985, and assumed the position of Senior Rabbi of the Congregation in July 1992. A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, he is the product of the Reform Movement, having spent many summers at the URJ Camps as well as participating in the EIE (Eisendrath International Exchange) Program spending a semester at the Leo Baeck High School in Haifa, Israel. Concurrent with his High School studies, Rabbi Shpeen was awarded a Certificate in Jewish Education from Gratz College, Philadelphia.
Carole Sterling has been a tireless and dedicated UJA Federation for the over nearly two decades and was designated the 2003 recipient of the Phil Granovsky Award for Community Excellence, which honors individuals who exemplify the best in UJA Federation campaigning. As a UJA Federation Board member, she has served as Chair of UJA Federation's Women's Campaign and Advocacy; Chair of the Walk with Israel; participated in the 1998 March of the Living; and served for two years as Vice Chair of UJA's annual campaign. Among her many communal leadership roles are the Vaughan Steering Committee of UJA Federation's Jewish Toronto Tomorrow initiative, the Executive and Board of Temple of Temple Sinai, second Vice President of the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism, and Regional Representative of the Union for Reform Judaism.

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Audio from the 2010 Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture with Dr. David B. Ruderman

Dr. David B. Ruderman, Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History and Ella Darivoff Director of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies; University of Pennsylvania, presented "The People and the Book: The Invention of Print and the Transformation of Jewish Culture" on October 12, 2010 at HUC-JIR/New York. Click here to read his essay which will appear in a collection published by the University of Florida, based on chapter 3 of his book "Early Modern Jewry." Click here to listen to the audio recording.

Cincinnati's Corporate Community Shares in 135th Anniversary Celebration of the Cincinnati Campus of Hebrew Union College

On the occasion of the 135th anniversary of the founding of the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR, many Greater Cincinnati companies and organizations have stepped forward to support the College's fundraising effort to provide scholarships for the campus' rabbinical and graduate students. The Cincinnati Associates of HUC-JIR will host a celebration and tribute dinner-Planting for Our Future-on Sunday evening, October 24 at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in downtown Cincinnati. Click here to view the invitation.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at HUC-JIR/New York

The Worship Working Group (WWG), a student-faculty collaboration whose mission is to enhance the leading of prayer and the worship experience at the New York campus, is planning an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 23, 2010. Based on the central themes of gratitude and appreciation, the WWG is asking members of the HUC-JIR community to share words of thanks from their tradition in the form of prayer, poem, song, or reading. The service promises to be a meaningful event in the life of the HUC-JIR community.

New Leadership for MARAM, the Israeli Council of Progressive Rabbis

MARAM, the Israeli Council of Progressive Rabbis, recently elected new leadership to help move their organization forward, and, at the same time, strengthen their friendship with the CCAR. Rabbi Maya Leibovic, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem '93, Rabbi of Congregation KAMATZ in Mevaseret Tzion, will take on the role of President for the next two years. Alongside Rabbi Leibovic will be members of the Board, including Rabbi Edgar Nof, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem '91; Rabbi Yehoyada Amir, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem '04; Rabbi Corrie Zeidler, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem '06; Rabbi Ilana Baird, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem '06; and Rabbi Miri Gold, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem '98. Rabbi Nof will be also act as MARAM treasurer. Rabbi Galia Sadan, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem '03 will continue as MARAM coordinator.

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Establishment and non-establishment spheres serve diverse Jews - Jewish Journal

Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor, Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, writes, "Why do American Jews divide themselves not just by ethnicity and denomination, but also as 'mainstream' and 'innovative?' In the past year and a half I conducted research to find out. My findings may be of interest to anyone with a stake in the Jewish community."

US Reform Rabbis Oppose Proposed Loyalty Oath Law - The Jerusalem Post

Reform rabbis in the US have expressed their deep disappointment and regret that the Israeli cabinet approved the proposed changes to Israel's Citizenship Law, including a requirement that non-Jewish immigrants to Israel pledge allegiance to the Jewish democratic nature of the state. The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) warned in a statement released at the end of last week that, "It would turn Israel into the very kind of country which historically Jews themselves have rightly cursed for their unequal treatment of non-Christians and non-Muslims. More than symbolic loyalty statements, Israel needs its non-Jewish citizens as partners in peace, equally invested in the future of the state."

AJC, JCPA Co-Publish Guide to American Jewry's Future - AJC

American Jewry's Comfort Level: Present and Future, a series of essays by some of the U.S. Jewish community's leading thinkers, is now available and already receiving high acclaim. The volume includes extensive interviews with Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR, on the future of the Reform movement. "This timely volume takes the measure of the American Jewish community at a critical moment in its history," says Brandeis University Professor Jonathan D. Sarna. "It features frank and up-to-date assessments of communal strengths and weaknesses as seen by some of its foremost leaders and scholars."

Faculty News
HUC-JIR is proud of our accomplished faculty:

Dr. Michael Chernick, Deutsch Professor of Jewish Jurisprudence and Social Justice at HUC-JIR/New York, will be participating in the Global Day of Learning on November 7, 2010 in the San Francisco area. The event will take place at Pacifica Jewish Community Center, Foster City, CA. He will also be presiding at the meeting of the Consultation on the Sabbath in Text, Theology, and Tradition. The Consultation meets at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Dr. Chernick's recent publications include "The Meaning and Purpose of Contemporary Talmud Study" in Why Study the Talmud in the Twenty-first Century, ed. Paul Socken and "Brisk, Jacob Neusner, and the Stam: Significant Methodologies for Meaningful Talmud Teaching and Study," published by Brandeis Mandel Center in its on-line working paper series.
Dr. Michael J. Cook, Professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literatures at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, is invited to serve as Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Beth-El of South Bend, IN, and its broader Notre Dame and synagogue communities, on October 22-24, 2010.
Dr. Susan Einbinder, Professor of Hebrew Literature at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, will be speaking at Yale for the Medieval Studies program on October 28, 2010.
Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., HUC-JIR President, will participate in the panel symposium at the AJC Board of Governors' Institute at the Tarrytown House Estate in Tarrytown, NY on October 22, 2010 at 11:00 am.
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR, will present "Is There Room in Islam for a Jewish State?" at Valley Beth Shalom College of Judaic Studies on November 3, 2010. Click here for further information.
Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at HUC-JIR/New York, will present the Annual Cohon Memorial Lecture on October 29, 2010, at 7:30 pm at Temple Sinai of Brookline, MA. He will discuss "Builders, Baby Boomers and Beyond: Looking for American Jewish Identity," a nostalgic revisiting of baby boomers growing up.
Dr. Jonathan Krasner, Assistant Professor of the American Jewish Experience, recently had his work on K'tonton cited in Tablet Magazine. Click here to read the article "K'tonton Time: The vintage children's book about a Jewish Tom Thumb still speaks to today's kids" by Marjorie Ingall.
Christopher Eli Kraus, JD, MTS, Visiting Instructor in Jewish Education at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, is leading a seminar for the World Day of Jewish Learning, co-sponsored by Jewish Education Society of North America and Jewish Community Centers around the world, including the one in Cincinnati, titled "Love and Relationships in Jewish Life", at the Mayerson JCC on November 7, 2010.
Dr. Adriane Leveen, Senior Lecturer in Bible at HUC-JIR/New York, will be the moderator at the Wisdom Books publication party with Robert Alter at the Eldridge Street Museum on October 25, 2010.
Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Rabbinic and Second Temple Literature at HUC-JIR/New York, will give the annual Rabbi Joshua Trachtenberg Memorial Lecture at Temple Emeth in New Jersey on October 22, 2010. He will speak on "The Stranger in Jewish Law and Lore: Where Jewish Law meets American Immigration Policy." Click here for further information.
Rabbi Haim O. Rechnitzer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Jewish Thought at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, was asked to participate in "Establishment Debate: Rules of Civic Engagement," a scholars' panel from Xavier and Cincinnati Universities dedicated to the question of Church and State. The debate will take place on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm at the Mayerson JCC in Cincinnati.
Dr. Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Professor in Jewish Communal Service at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, will be speaking at Congregation Rodef Shalom in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 10:30 am as part of The Kaplan Institute on Jewish Ethics. The Institute's aim is to bring together the congregation and community with a Jewish academic who specializes in an area of ethics. Click here for further information.

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 Dinner Chairman is Dick Weiland. The reception will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner at 6:00 pm. For more information, please contact (513) 487-3047 or Click here to view the invitation.

HUC on the Road in CHICAGO: October 25 at Temple Beth Israel in Skokie, IL

Join us in Chicago at Temple Beth Israel for a day of learning on Monday, October 25, 2010. The day will begin at 9:30 am with a special session led by Dr. Michael Zeldin, Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, on "Mentoring: Beyond Supervision and Evaluation" for HUC-JIR alumni and CATE members. The Chicago Jewish community is invited to participate in a presentation, discussion, and lunch from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm with Dr. Samuel Joseph, Professor of Jewish Education and Leadership Development, on "Effective Leaders, Where Art Thou?" Free and open to the public. RSVP required.

Challah-ween: Is Judaism at Odds with Halloween: October 25 at 12:30 pm at HUC-JIR/LA

The Tartak Learning Center Presents "Challah-ween: Is Judaism at Odds with Halloween?" Come join us on Monday, October 25, 2010 from 12:30-1:15 pm at the Lainer Beit Midrash at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles to add your voice to an ongoing conversation about maintaining an authentic Jewish identity on Halloween. Bring your own lunch; drinks and dessert provided.

"Israel, Civil Religion and the Sacred: Collective Memory in the Hills of Jerusalem" with Dr. David Mendelsson: October 25 at 4:00 pm in Los Angeles

Dr. David Mendelsson, 2010 Schusterman Fellow in Israel Studies, will present "Israel, Civil Religion and the Sacred: Collective Memory in the Hills of Jerusalem" on October 25 at 4:00 pm in Los Angeles. The 2010 Schusterman Fellow in Israel Studies is sponsored by USC College of Arts and Sciences and HUC-JIR Louchheim School for Judaic Studies. For further information, please contact 213-765-2113 or

HUC on the Road in ATLANTA: October 26 at Marcus Hillel Center at Emory University

Join us in Atlanta at Marcus Hillel Center at Emory University for a day of learning on Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Rabbinic and Second Temple Literature, will lead a special learning event for HUC-JIR alumni at 9:30 am on the topic "True Lies: Truth, Gossip, and the American-Jewish Way." The Atlanta Jewish community is invited to participate in a presentation, discussion, and lunch from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm with Rabbi Panken on "Holy War in Judaism and Islam: A Comparative Study." Free and open to the public. RSVP required.

2010 DeLeT-Pardes Alumni Conference: October 28-31 in Reisterstown, MD

Registration is now open for the 2010 DeLeT-Pardes Alumni Conference. Day school teachers from Cohorts 1-8 are invited to this year's fully subsidized alumni conference. The conference will take place at Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center in Reisterstown, MD, just outside of Baltimore, from October 28-31, 2010. The conference theme is Chazak, Chazak V'Nitchazek: Exploring our Identity, Strengthening Our Teaching.

The Cornerstone of Reform Judaism: Social Action Sensibility Supported by Torah and Scripture with Rabbi David Ellenson: November 3 at 7:30 pm at The Reform Temple of Forest Hills

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR, will speak at The Reform Temple of Forest Hills on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm on the teachings from Torah and scripture that command or inspire us to adopt a social action mentality, with examples of current needs in the community and the world at large that require social action initiative.

Praise Befits You - An Evening of Study: November 8 at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

On Monday, November 8, 2010, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem will hold a festive evening of study to celebrate the publication of Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx's book, "When I Sleep and When I Wake," a study of the prayers marking the transitions between day and night. The evening, entitled "Praise Befits You," [Psalm 65:2], will include a conversation among Professor Galit Hazan Rokem, Hebrew University; Professor Avigdor Shinan, Hebrew University; Rabbi Dr. Michael Marmur, Vice President for Academic Affairs, HUC-JIR; and the author Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx, Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Midrash at HUC-JIR; and presentations of original liturgical writings by students of the College-Institute.

HUC on the Road in BOSTON: November 10 at Temple Israel of Boston

Join us in Boston at Temple Israel of Boston for a day of learning on Wednesday, November 10, 2010. Dr. Jonathan Krasner, Assistant Professor of the American Jewish Experience, will lead a special learning event for HUC-JIR alumni and Jewish professionals at 9:30 am on the topic "How Do We Teach Israel?" The greater Boston Jewish community is invited to participate in a presentation, discussion, and lunch from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm with Dr. Krasner on "American Jewish Identity in Film: Intermarriage, Spirituality, and Tradition." Free and open to the public. RSVP required.

Memory and Transformation Artists Reception: November 17 at 6:30 pm at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Memory and Transformation, a new art exhibition opening at the Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR, in collaboration with the Jewish Artists Initiative, is a juried show of 33 artists who were asked to approach the themes of memory and transformation from their own perspective. Their works reflect the dynamic process of cultural change and their individual connections with religious or political ideas to link phenomena previously thought unconnected. The Artists Reception will take place on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, from 6:30-8:00 pm with remarks by Donna Stein, Guest Curator, at 7:00 pm. The exhibition is on view through December 31, 2010.

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Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, spoke at HUC-JIR/New York on Thursday, October 21, 2010 on "Arguing: A National Sport, a Genetic Disease, or the Jewish Art of Tikkun Olam."

New at the HUC-JIR Judaica Gallery

International glass specialist Steve Resnick hand-carved this grey glass mezuzah (6.5" x 1.5") featuring a stylized image of Jerusalem. The mezuzah, which means doorpost in Hebrew, is the case that contains the parchment on which the prayers are written. Containing the Sh'ma and the V'ahavta prayers, the mezuzah is attached to the doorpost of the home to symbolize the family's dedication to the commandments, sanctification of the home, and love of God and affirmation of Jewish identity.

$190, plus shipping and handling. Klaf, $35.

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