Join us for the 13th Annual Zimmerman Institute for Adult Jewish Study and
Spirituality. A distinguished faculty
will join in dialogue with you about the historic moment in
which we live, the promise of tomorrow, and the evolutionary or
revolutionary developments that are shaping tomorrow's Reform Judaism.
This year's topic is:
Reform Judaism in Transition:
Retrospect and Prospect
Edith Macy Conference Center,
Briarcliff, New York
August 3-6, 2000
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Rates: (Includes accommodations, meals and course materials)
Single Room ($900 per person)
Double Room ($700 per person or $1,400 per couple)
Commuter ($430 per person - meals and study materials only)
The faculty, staff and program expenditures for the institute
are subsidized by voluntary contributions and are estimated at an
additional $500 per person.
Why is Reform worship changing so dramatically -- are we suddenly "going
Orthodox"? Why have Reform Rabbis drafted a new set of Reform Principles?
What have we accomplished since Reform Judaism arrived on these shores? And
what are the challenges now before us? Why should someone be a Reform Jew
These are the questions being asked today -- and for good reason. In 1885,
we published our first platform and in 1895, we wrote the first Union
Prayer Book. Now, roughly one hundred years later, it is time to chart a
bold new beginning for a new century.
We live, perhaps, in the most exciting time ever, in a country where
freedom is the norm, religion flourishes, and spiritual seekers are so
numerous they are written up in Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal. But
new challenges need new thinking. What are the most creative Jewish minds
Reform Judaism in Transition: Retrospect and Prospect is an opportunity to
be a part of history in the making.
Some of the distinguished faculty joining Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman,
President of HUC-JIR, in whose father's memory this Memorial Institute was
- Rabbi Lester Bronstein, lecturer on Rabbinics at HUC-JIR, New York and
Rabbi at Bet Am Shalom Synagogue, White Plains, New York.
- Dr. Lawrence Hoffman, Professor of Liturgy and Co-Director of the
Synagogue 2000 Initiative, HUC-JIR, New York.
- Rabbi Aaron Panken, Dean, HUC-JIR, New York, and lecturer in Talmud and
- Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller, Professor of Cantorial Arts, School of
Sacred Music, HUC-JIR, New York.