College Commons



Real-Time Conversations and Q&A with HUC-JIR Scholars Live-Streamed to Your Synagogue

  • ZIONISM AND CRISIS: Rabbi John L. Rosove - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm: The Arab-Israeli conflict has taken on new contours, and progressive Jews are challenged to navigate and reimagine the challenges and possibilities of Zionism. Dean Holo and Rabbi Rosove will discuss not only the conflict but also Israel’s character as a Jewish democracy. 
  • DEATH BY SUCCESS? WALKING THE TIGHTROPE OF IDENTITY: Dr. Kristine Garroway and Rabbi Tali Zelkowicz  - Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 9:30 am: Jews forever straddle their unique, minority identity and the majority culture around them. We come by it honestly. Since the Bible itself, Jews have navigated multiple cultures—sometimes conflicting ones—simultaneously. Professors Garroway and Zelkowicz will discuss with Dean Holo the various strategies we have employed over the millennia, as a minority group, to manage and embrace host cultures while keeping true to our unique minority identity. 

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A Forum on the 2013 Pew Study of Jewish Americans

October 2013

Join us for the inaugural session of College Commons: A Forum on the 2013 Pew Study of Jewish Americans with Sarah Bunin Benor, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies; Bruce A. Phillips, Ph.D, Professor of Jewish Communal Service; and Steven Windmueller, Ph.D., Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service and Former Director, School of Jewish Communal Service, in discussion with Jack H. Skirball Campus Dean Joshua Holo, Ph.D.


From Arab Spring to Arab Summer - Or Winter? Fault Lines in the Arab and Muslim Worlds

December 2013

Join us at College Commons for a discussion with Dr. Joshua Holo, Dean of HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus, and Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D., Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam.


How Jewish is Christianity?

May 2014

Jews and Christians alike realize that Christianity was born in a Jewish context. This College Commons encounter between Dr. Joshua Holo, Dean of HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus, and Rabbi Joshua Garroway, Ph.D., Pofessor of Early Christianity and Second Commonwealth, will dissect the complicated relationship between these intimate strangers, and consider the implications for today.

Politics and the Pulpit

September 2014
In the Reform world, social action is often inextricably linked to political action. And when politics appear on the pulpit, controversy sometimes surfaces. Either the topic is difficult or the very notion of politics on the pulpit is itself divisive. Rabbi Stephanie Kolin discusses with Dr. Joshua Holo, Dean of HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus, why the stakes are so high, and how difficult it is to put your finger on the nature of the problem when we don’t even agree on what constitutes “politics.” 

Anti-Semitism: Roots and Reality

November 2014
European racism and anti-Semitism are on the rise, and though American Jews enjoy the most successful time in our history, we face stereotypes and anti- Israel movements with increasing uncertainty. Dr. Joshua Holo, Dean of HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus, will plumb the fears expressed by the Jewish community with David Lehrer, who approaches the problem from a different angle, and challenges us to face up to good news.