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HUC-JIR wants to help you stay updated on celebrations and sadness within your alumni community through this Joys and Oys page.

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With great joy we extend a Mazal Tov to Rabbi Danny Burkeman ’09 and Micol Zimmerman MAJE/MAJCS ’08 on the birth of Benjamin Micah on March 15, 2016. Big sister Gabriella is also excited to have a baby brother.
Posted 6/20/2016

Rabbi Jeremy Schneider MAJE ‘04, ’06 and Rachel MAJCS ’03 were blessed to welcome baby girl, Sarah Michal, on March 17, 2016. Big brothers, Ezra and Micah, and sister, Naomi, were thrilled as well
Posted 6/20/2016

Rabbi Zach Zysman '16, MAJE '14 and Nadine Zysman announce the birth of their daughter, Jac Zarah Zysman. She was born June 1, 2016 at 2:51pm at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica weighing in at 5 lbs 14 oz. 
Posted 6/5/2016

Mazal tov to Rabbi Maggie Wenig '84 on the birth of her granddaughter on Tuesday, February 23rd (14 Adar I).   Baby Kleinbaum Wenig Rubenstein Fitzerman Blue weighed 7 lbs 2.8 and was 20" long.  Mazal tov to her parents, Liba Wenig Rubenstein and Micah Fitzerman-Blue.

Posted 3/24/2016

Mazal Tov to Rabbi Danny Burkeman ’09 and Micol Zimmerman, MAJCS ’08 on the birth Benjamin Micah on March 15, 2016. Big sister Gabrella is also excited to have a baby brother.
Posted 3/23/2016



Mazal Tov to Rabbi Jennifer Gertman Hartman '11, MARE '10 on her marriage to Michael Hartman on April 3, 2016. 
Posted 6/5/2016



We regret to inform you on the passing of Rabbi Arthur Steinberg '66. He served as the rabbi of Temple Sinai in Portsmouth for thirty-two years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Oasis Social Ministry, Ohef Sholom Temple Religious School, or Chevra T'helim Jewish Museum & Cultural Center.
Posted 4/12/2016

Our sincerest condolences go to David and Rabbi Melissa Stollman '10 MARE '08 and family on the loss of Janet Stollman, beloved Mother of David Grandmother of Ari, Hannah and Benjamin, who passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Posted 4/2/2016

We note with sadness the passing of Hazzan Kurt Silbermann '51. Kurt was accepted into the first Cantorial class at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and went on to serve Temple Emanu-El of Englewood, NJ, for over 30 years. We send condolences to his wife, Inge, daughter, Judy and to their family.
Posted 3/30/16

HUC-JIR is devastated by the loss of Cantor Leah Elstein '10. May God console Cantor Elstein’s husband Jacob; her daughter, Sara Rose; her mother, Susan Ingerham; and her sister, Mara Ingerham, along with her mourning synagogue community, and all those who mourn in Zion and Jerusalem. May her memory always be a blessing. Donations in Leah’s memory may be made to a college fund for their two-year-old daughter, Sara. Please click here to donate.
Posted 3/23/2016

With sadness I write to inform you of the death of Ruth Slater z"l, beloved mother of Rabbi Jonathan Slater. Notes of condolence may be sent to Rabbi Slater at 21 Oakdale Drive, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706, or by email to May Ruth's memory be a source of blessing for all who knew and loved her, and during this time of mourning may God console Rabbi Slater and his family.
Posted 3/24/2016

We extend our condolences to our alumni Rabbi Lester Bronstein '87, Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller '87 and their family on the passing of Les' mother, Judith Bronstein, who died on Sunday, March 6, 2016. May Judith's name be for a blessing.
Posted 3/24/2016


New Positions

Rabbi Kenneth Carr '96 MAJE '96 will assume the position as Rabbi of Temple Chayai Shalom in Easton, MA after 15 years as the Rabbi of Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill, PA.
Posted 6/20/2016

Jonathan Cohen MAJCS '91 accepted the position of Program Officer with The Greater Worcester Community Foundation in Worcester, Massachussetts. 
Posted 4/21/16


Exciting News

Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman '07 was a contestant on Jeoprady on March 16, 2016. Read more about his experience on the show
Posted 3/23/2016