Reform Judaism Magazine Spring 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Reform Judaism Magazine’s new Spring 2013 edition features articles by members of the HUC-JIR community:

  • Sarah Bassin interview. “Interfaith Interaction: Reimagining Muslim-Jewish Relations”: The latest thinking and practices on effective interfaith relationship-building between Muslims and Jews.
  • Gary Bretton-Granatoor. “You’re Never Alone When You Say You’re a Jew.”: The inside scoop on how individuals can arrange to attend services and connect with their Reform “cousins” worldwide.
  • Michael J. Cook. “Was Jesus’ Last Supper a Passover Seder?” Jesus could not have known what a seder was, let alone have modeled his Last Supper after one. Plus Online Exclusive -- “A Paragraph That Changed History” – why Jesus’ Last Supper could not have been a Passover meal, even of the pre-70 C.E. prototype.
  • Reuven Firestone interview. “Books: Does Judaism Sanction ‘Holy War’?Why “holy war” disappeared from Jewish thought for 2000 years, and how it came back.
  • Leah Hochman. “Theology: How Reform Jews Picture God” : Analyzing “The God Survey” responses of thousands of Jews worldwide who took the magazine’s online theology survey designed by Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro.
  • Rick Jacobs.  “Dear Reader: Engaging the ‘Nones’”:  Engaging all who seek a meaningful Jewish life.
  • CaryKozberg. “Divinity of Dementia”: “I have witnessed heightened feelings of joy, spontaneity, enthusiasm, and gratitude in people with dementia, because these feelings no longer pass through the cognitive filter of the rational mind. Sometimes these people seem more fortunate spiritually than those of us who have that filter.”
  • Michael A. Meyer. “Was Reform Judaism the Price of Political Acceptance?”: The vast majority of German Jews chose Judaism over a prestigious career, rejecting the pressure to convert.
  • S. David Sperling. “Were the Jews Slaves in Egypt?” The biblical tradition of slavery in Egypt and the Israelite conquest of Canaan appear to be fictitious.
  • Lennard Thal interview. “Singapore: Culture & Community”: Tourism tips, culinary delights, history, and Jewish community life in Singapore.

Click here to read the current issue.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu