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Jews forever straddle their unique, minority identity and the majority culture around them. We come by it honestly. Since the Bible itself, Jews have navigated multiple cultures—sometimes conflicting ones—simultaneously. Professors Garroway and Zelkowicz will discuss with Dean Holo the various strategies we have employed over the millennia, as a minority group, to manage and embrace host cultures while keeping true to our unique minority identity.
The Arab-Israeli conflict has taken on new contours, and progressive Jews are challenged to navigate and reimagine the challenges and possibilities of Zionism. Dean Holo and Rabbi John L. Rosove discuss not only the conflict but also Israel’s character as a Jewish democracy.
What's the bottom line? What does Judaism really expect of us at the end of the day? Rabbi Richard Levy, Rabbi of the Synagogue and Director of Spiritual Growth at our Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles and one of Reform Judaism's leading thinkers, argues: study, prayer, and good deeds. In that much, he follows the ancient rabbis. Here, he challenges us with his own take on what that means today.
European racism and anti-Semitism are on the rise, and though American Jews enjoy the most successful time in our history, we face stereotypes and anti- Israel movements with increasing uncertainty. Dr. Joshua Holo, Dean of HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus, will plumb the fears expressed by the Jewish community with David Lehrer, who approaches the problem from a different angle, and challenges us to face up to good news.
In the Reform world, social action is often inextricably linked to political action. And when politics appear on the pulpit, controversy sometimes surfaces. Either the topic is difficult or the very notion of politics on the pulpit is itself divisive. Rabbi Stephanie Kolin discusses with Dr. Joshua Holo, Dean of HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus, why the stakes are so high, and how difficult it is to put your finger on the nature of the problem when we don’t even agree on what constitutes “politics.”
Join us at College Commons for a discussion with Dr. Joshua Holo, Dean of HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus, and Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D., Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam.
Join us for the inaugural session of College Commons: A Forum on the 2013 Pew Study of Jewish Americans with Sarah Bunin Benor, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies; Bruce A. Phillips, Ph.D, Professor of Jewish Communal Service; and Steven Windmueller, Ph.D., Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service and Former Director, School of Jewish Communal Service, in discussion with Jack H. Skirball Campus Dean Joshua Holo, Ph.D.