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Your support helps assure the Jewish future

Rabbi Aaron D. Panken
Memorial Campaign

Since the tragic loss of our friend, teacher, leader, and president, Rabbi Aaron Panken, z”l, hundreds of members of our community whose lives he touched and whose callings he inspired, reached out with a desire to ensure his remarkable example lives on. His colleagues at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion have been working with his beloved wife and partner, Lisa Messinger, and their family to honor his profound impact on the institution, its students, and the Reform Movement. Today, we invite you to help us guard Rabbi Panken’s legacy and amplify the impact of his life on future generations and support the campaign to endow a Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professorship on each HUC-JIR campus.

Read More about the Campaign  |  Read a letter from Lisa Messinger
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Your Gift Makes a Difference

No great Jewish community in history has lasted unless, at its center, there stands a vibrant and vital center of learning and teaching. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is dedicated to fulfilling its mission as the educational and intellectual center of Reform Judaism. It is committed to educating the academic, spiritual, and professional leaders for congregations and communities throughout North America, Israel, and the world. For over 140 years, HUC-JIR has trained and supported trailblazers for the Jewish world. These students become the thought leaders and change makers of their age. Your gift will ensure HUC-JIR remains a thriving, inspiring, transformative place that proudly represents the progressive spirit of Judaism.

Become a Sustaining Donor

HUC-JIR Sustaining Donors assure that HUC-JIR remains a leader in the Jewish world – inspiring innovation and creativity for 21st century Judaism. When you become a Sustaining Donor, your donation is ongoing until you say otherwise. Your credit or debit card will automatically be billed each month. You’re in control. You can change or stop your payments at any time. Most importantly, becoming a Sustaining Donor sends a powerful message that you believe in the Jewish future. 

Give Where it Matters Most: The HUC-JIR Annual Fund

The Jewish future rests in your hands. Every day, throughout the world, students and graduates of HUC-JIR strengthen Jewish communities and transform Jewish lives. Every year HUC-JIR depends on annual giving to cover the cost of educating HUC-JIR students. Each dollar you contribute is used immediately to meet student needs, promote learning, advance professional development, support innovative programs, and prepare Jewish leaders for tomorrow. That is why your help is so important. Learn more >

Meet Our Donors

Individuals, families, and foundations support HUC-JIR because they know that the Jewish future depends on their actions. Donors know that our alumni have played a decisive role in shaping the course of the North American Jewish experience, as founders of the United Way, the National Conference of Christians and Jews and the Hillel Foundation; and as Zionist leaders who helped bring the modern State of Israel and Hebrew University into existence. Today they make progressive Jewish life possible and relevant in Israeli life. In every generation they assure a Judaism that inspires individuals and innovates for the future. Your support makes all this possible. Our profiles of giving >