New York Minimester Course Offerings for 2004-2005
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Courses are open to graduate students and alumni of HUC-JIR, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the University of Judaism, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and full-time students at Drisha Institute who have taken appropriate introductory Rabbinics courses. Other graduate students with appropriate academic backgrounds are also welcome.
All texts are studied in Hebrew. Students receive 3 graduate credits for successful completion of each course.
May 31 - June 3 / Tuesday - Friday, 9 am - 5pm (break, noon - 1pm)
The Jewish Mystical Imagination
Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco
Through the reading of biblical, classical, and contemporary mystical and kabbalistic texts in their original and translation, we will examine the great themes of the Jewish mystical imagination. Instead of studying the material historically, we shall approach it as a comprehensive, coherent and evolving theological worldview. As a way of encouraging participants to engage the material personally, students will be expected to submit one-half to one page (maximum) daily papers demonstrating an integration of topics discussed in class.
June 20 - 24 / Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5pm (break, noon - 1pm)
Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof
Dr. Michael Chernick, Deutsch Professor of Jewish Jurisprudence and Social Justice at HUC-JIR/New York
Ruth Messinger, President and Executive Director of American Jewish World Service
Rabbi David Rosenn, Executive Director of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
This course will contain two rubrics: 1) study of text-based Jewish mandates to work in the world; 2) the application of these mandates through mobilizing congregations to effect social change. Looking at early rabbinic texts as well as debate recorded in subsequent commentaries, students will gain a nuanced understanding of the Jewish obligation to promote a fair and just society. With an eye toward application of this obligation, discussions will also include: how to apply generic mandates to particular causes; how congregations have been and can be organized for effective social action; the techniques, tactics and strategies congregations can use to support their positions; theories of organizing; and, effective conflict management.
Graduate Minimester Tuition
3-credits = $1,800 Non-credit = $900 HUC students (for credit) = $500
For More Information on Graduate Minimester:
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Dr. Michael Chernick is the Deutsch Professor of Jewish Jurisprudence and Social Justice at HUC-JIR/New York. He was educated at Yeshiva College and Bernard Revel Graduate School and was ordained at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He specializes in Talmudic and halachic literature.
Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is the Emanu-El Scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco, where he devotes his full energies to teaching and writing. Prior to this, he was Rabbi-in-Residence at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City where he taught spirituality and mysticism and mentored rabbinical students. Before that, he served for 28 years as the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Rabbi Kushner is widely regarded as one of the most creative religious writers in America and is highly sought after as a lecturer and teacher. Through his lectures, articles and 13 books, he has helped shape the present agenda for personal and institutional spiritual renewal.
Ruth W. Messinger is the President and Executive Director of American Jewish World Service, a not-for-profit organization that works to alleviate poverty, hunger and disease in the developing world and build Jewish life in Russia and the Ukraine. Prior to assuming this role in 1998, Messinger was in public service in New York City for 20 years, including having served as Manhattan borough president. She is active in many not-for-profit organizations and serves on the boards of several, including Surprise Lake Camp of which she is president. For the past three years, Messinger was named one of the 50 most influential Jews of the year in the Forward newspaper.
Rabbi David Rosenn is the Executive Director of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, a program that combines front-line work on urban poverty issues in New York City and Washington, DC with Jewish study, social activist training and community building. Ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Rosenn has previously worked for a number of national and international social change organizations, including the New Israel Fund in Jerusalem, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and the National Council of La Raza in Washington, DC, and the Jewish Fund for Justice in New York. He has served as a chaplain at the Jacob Perlow Hospice of Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan and at the Momentum AIDS project.
NYSOE Gateways for Learning Intensive Summer Institute Faculty
This continuing education program is open to anyone who chooses to study at HUC-JIR in New York. Students who qualify and who complete all the required assignments may apply to receive HUC-JIR credit for the courses. Each course can be taken for 3 credits or no credit.
Courses taken for credit may be applied to degree programs, and to a Certificate in Adult Education or a Certificate in Family Education. Certificates will be awarded to qualifying students who complete 18 credits, a year-long placement in the area of specialization, and an education project at their placement.
May 25 - May 31
Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am - 8 pm (break, noon - 1pm)
Friday, 9 am - 3 pm (break, noon - 1pm)
Tuesday, 9 am - 5 pm (break, noon - 1pm)
A Survey of Moral Education
Rabbi Jan Katzew, Director of Lifelong Learning, Union for Reform Judaism
Every Jewish educational leader is a moral educator. Consider several strategies of moral instruction, each one of which has ancient, sacred textual support and modern, secular proponents. Educators, cantors and rabbis will be able to apply moral theory to Jewish practice - in tutoring b'nei/b'not mitzvah, conducting faculty meetings, and teaching learners at all stages. This course will also provide opportunities for self-assessment as a moral educator.
June 6 - 10
Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5pm (break, noon - 1pm)
Friday, 9 am - 3 pm (break, noon - 1pm)
Finding Your Family in the Text
Rabbi Richard Address, Director of Family Concerns, Union for Reform Judaism
Study 'families, 'as seen through current demographic realities and classic Jewish texts. Biblical, Talmudic and Midrashic stories will be examined against current texts and personal histories. The course will also present the study of 'family dynamics,' and 'family process,' as students are encouraged to think about how to incorporate text into their work with families of all ages.
New York School of Education Tuition
3-credits = $1,800 Non-credit = $900 HUC students (for credit) = $900
For More Information on Gateways for Learning
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Rabbi Richard Address, D. Min., is the Director of the Union for Reform Judaism's (URJ) Department of Jewish Family Concerns. He has worked as a pulpit rabbi, a URJ Regional Director, and has served on the faculty of HUC-JIR, Gratz College, Pierce College, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Ordained at HUC-JIR, he received his Doctor of Ministry from HUC-JIR and has a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling from the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health.
Rabbi Jan Katzew, Ph.D., is the Director of the Department of Lifelong Jewish Learning at the Union for Reform Judaism. He has built a network of regional educators throughout North America and initiated CHAI - a religious school curriculum being implemented in more than two hundred congregations in the Reform Movement. His doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jewish Thought and Education enables him to put theory into practice by applying distinctively Jewish values to Jewish learning. Jan is an author of both scholarly and popular publications, which include articles analyzing developments in Jewish education, Jewish-Christian relations and moral philosophy.