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Spring 2018

Session Categories:

  • ENGAGING LEARNERS WITH ISRAEL: Delve into the successes and struggles of guiding others in developing an evolving relationship with Israel.
  • BEYOND THE PEW: Explore the diversity of the North American Jewish community and its relationship with other communities and Israel.
  • MINI COURSES: Learn with our renowned faculty experts. Registration and attendance for all sessions is important.
  • MODERN JEWISH ETHICS: Harness an ethical vocabularyto understand issues that impact our daily lives and the lives of our communities.
  • SPECIAL SESSIONS: Join faculty, staff, and guests to learn on a range of timely topics throughout the year.  




Tuesday, January 30 at 1:00 PM ET
ENGAGING LEARNERS WITH ISRAEL: Connecting Principles to Practice: The Why's and What's of Israel Education 
Dr. Lesley Litman, Director, Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education   


Thursday, February 1 at 12:00 PM ET 
SPECIAL SESSION: Time for New Paradigms in Israel-World Jewry Relations: This Historic Moment and Its Opportunities 
Rabbi Naamah Kelman-Ezrachi, Dean, Taube Family Campus, Jerusalem 

Wednesday, February 14 at 12:00 PM ET
MODERN JEWISH ETHICS: Assisted Suicide and Jewish Tradition: The Case of King Saul 
Rabbi Mark Washofsky, Ph.D., Solomon B. Freehof Professor of Jewish Law and Practice 

Thursday, February 15 at 1:00 PM ET
ENGAGING LEARNERS WITH ISRAEL: Embracing Ambiguity in Israel Education 
Rabbi Lisa Grant, Ph.D., Professor of Jewish Education 

Thursday, February 22 at 1:00 PM ET
MODERN JEWISH ETHICS: Ethical Claims Against God: Theology and Liturgy in a Post Holocaust World 
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., National Director of Recruitment and Admissions; President's Scholar 


Wednesday, March 7 at 1:00 PM ET
BEYOND THE PEW: Rethinking Judaism: Judaism as a Conversation
Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, Ph.D., The Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual 

Thursday, March 15 at 1:00 PM ET
ENGAGING LEARNERS WITH ISRAEL: The Metaphors that Bind Us: Poetry as Mirror in Israel Education 
Dr. Miriam Heller Stern, National Director of the School of Education 

Thursday, March 22 at 12:00 PM ET 
Rabbi Rachel Adler, Ph.D., Rabbi David Ellenson Professor of Jewish Religious Though; Professor of Modern Jewish Though and Feminist Studies


Thursday, April 12 at 1:00 PM ET
MODERN JEWISH ETHICS: Construction of Gender and Ethical Dilemmas in Rabbinic Literature
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., National Director of Recruitment and Admissions; President's Scholar

Thursday, April 26 at 1:00 PM ET 
SPECIAL SESSION: Israel at 70: Reform Judaism and Zionism- An Historical Perspective
Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D., Dean, Cincinnati; Associate Professor of Talmud and Halakhic Literature 


Wednesday, May 2 at 1:00 PM ET
BEYOND THE PEW: Reform Judaism in 2050: Looking Forward from Current Data 
Dr. Bruce Phillips, Professor of Sociology & Jewish Communal Service  

Tuesday, May 8 at 1:00 PM ET
BEYOND THE PEW: Jews and the Story of Religious Freedom in America 
Rabbi Gary P. Zola, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives; The Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience and Reform Jewish 

Thursday, May 17 at 1:00 PM ET
SPECIAL SESSION: Deepening Prayer: HUC-JIR NY Tefillah Workshop 
Rabbi David Adelson, D.Min., Dean, New York 

Mini Courses:

What Really Happened at Midnight? A Sermon from Pesikta d'Rav Kahanah on Exodus 12:29 in Preparation for Passover
Rabbi Lewis M. Barth, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Midrash and Related Literature

Monday, February 5 at 1:00 PM ET
Monday, February 12 at 1:00 PM ET
Wednesday, February 21 at 1:00 PM ET

Status and Role of Women in Biblical Israel
Dr. David Gilner, Director of Libraries Emeritus 

Wednesday, May 16 at 1:00 PM ET
Wednesday, May 23 at 1:00 PM ET 
Wednesday, May 30 at 1:00 PM ET