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Fall 2017

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.  




Monday, August 28, 1:00 PM ET
SPECIAL SESSION: Maid Servant and Wife: The Case of Hagar in the Tents of Abraham 
Dr. Adriane Leveen, Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Lead Judaic Specialist in the Jim Joseph Initiatives  

Tuesday, August 29, 3:00 PM ET
SPECIAL SESSION: After Charlottesville: Our Communities in Action  
Dr. Joshua Holo, Dean, Jack H. Skirball Campus; Associate Professor of Jewish History 
Rabbi Joel Simonds, Executive Director of the Jewish Center for Justice  
Click HERE to register for this session.



Thursday, September 7 at 1:00 PM ET 
SPECIAL SESSION: Preparing Spiritually for the High Holy Days 
Rabbi Myriam Klotz, Director, Spirituality Initiative



Thursday, October 19 at 1:00 PM ET
BEYOND THE PEW: How Today's Liberal Jews Are Relating to a Very Liberal Israel - And How Should They?
Dr. Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy

Thursday, October 19 @ 1:30 PM ET/ 10:30 AM PT
BRUNCH AND STUDY: “Heschel’s Seminal Essay ‘No Religion Is An Island’ in Our New Context”
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit Halachmi, Ph.D., National Director of Recruitment and Admissions and President's Scholar
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Tuesday, October 24 at 11:00 AM ET 
ENGAGING LEARNERS WITH ISRAEL: Embracing the Other: Learning from Jerusalem Jewish and Arab Teachers in Dialogue
Dr. Michal Muszkat-Barkan, Director, Department of Education and Professional Development; Director, M.A. Program in Pluralistic Jewish Education

Wednesday, October 25 at 12:00 PM ET/ 11:00 AM CT
Lunch and Learn - What We Need Now: A New Covenant for North American Reform Zionists
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit Halachmi, Ph.D., National Director of Recruitment and Admissions and President's Scholar
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Monday, October 30 at 1:00 PM ET
MODERN JEWISH ETHICS: The Conceptual Language of Modern Jewish Ethics
Rabbi Rachel Adler, Ph.D., Rabbi David Ellenson Professor of Jewish Religious Thought, Professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Feminist Studies 



Tuesday, November 7 at 1:00 PM ET
BEYOND THE PEW: Beyond 52%: How to Understand the American Jewish Intermarriage Rate
Dr. Bruce A. Phillips, Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Service

Thursday, November 16 at 1:00 PM ET 
MODERN JEWISH ETHICS: The Ethical Dilemmas of a Shared Society 
Rabbi Mark Washofsky, Ph.D., Solomon B. Freehof Professor fo Jewish Law and Practice

Monday, November 20 at 1:00 PM ET
SPECIAL SESSION: Jewish Fundraising in the Ancient and Medieval World... And What It Means for Us
Dr. Joshua Holo, Dean, Jack H. Skirball Campus, Associate Professor of Jewish History

Monday, November 27 at 12:00 PM ET
ENGAGING LEARNERS WITH ISRAEL: Teaching Israel, Israel Teaching: HUC-JIR's Israel Seminar As Example 
Jeremy Leigh, Coordinator, Richard J. Scheuer Israel Seminar
Dr. David Mendelsson, Director, Year-In-Israel Program  



Tuesday, December 12 at 1:00 PM ET
BEYOND THE PEW: Diversity of the American Jewish Community: Language, Culture, and Identity
Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor, Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies  


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