2012-13 Spiegel Seminar on Stigmatized Behavior
The topic of this year’s Spiegel Seminar on Stigmatized Behavior is “Addiction in the Jewish Community.” Founded by alumna Marty Spiegel, the annual six-session Spiegel Seminar is co-sponsored by the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management and the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health. Over the course of the year, students will hear from speakers about their personal experiences with addiction, learn more about the different kinds of addiction that exist in our community, and discuss ways we, as Jewish professionals, can be better informed and prepared to address this issue in our own communities.
About Our Name
In December 2010, the HUC-JIR School of Jewish Communal Service became the HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. The name was chosen after months… actually a couple of years… of discussion and deliberation. As Richard Siegel, the current director of the school, observed in a recent issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service
: “Part of the role of a school that educates Jewish professional leaders is to define the conceptual network in which the graduates will be entering. We believe that in its broadest reaches this network is the nonprofit sector, which aligns the school with those who seek the public good and the betterment of civil society. Within that sector, we have a special responsibility, a scared task to bring the values and wisdom of Jewish history, tradition, and culture to enrich the Jewish experience and improve the societies in which we work.”
In Memory of Debbie Friedman – “Shalom Aleichem”
During the 2010 Summer Session, Debbie Friedman spoke with the SJNM students as part of our series on “Presenting Culture: (In)Forming Jewish Identity.” As she was wrapping up her session, she was asked what she was working on, and she said that she had just written a new melody for “Shalom Aleichem.” We asked if she could give us a preview, and of course she obliged. One of our students, Hannah Rubin-Schlansky, fortuitously recorded it on her IPhone (see link below).
One note. She changed the last verse from “Tsayt-chem l’shalom” (Go in Peace) to “Shuv-chem l’shalom” (Return in Peace) and made a point of asking us to make that substitution when we sing her melody. She wanted to make sure that the angels knew that we wanted them to come back to us. Perhaps as we sing this, her spirit will come back to us, as well. May her memory be a blessing.
Click here for the recording.