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06/09/10

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Cincinnati Graduation Address by Dr. Samuel Greengus, Director of the School of Graduate Studies, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati
Dr. Samuel Greengus, Director of the School of Graduate Studies at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, was the speaker at Cincinnati Graduation Ceremonies at Isaac M. Wise Temple on Sunday, June 6, 2010. He said, "Let us never abandon our reverence for the tradition that has sustained our people and still inspires us, along with so many others who come to study the writings of our heritage. Let us keep our minds and hearts open to new facts and approaches that help us to understand human history and the world, which we inhabit. For there is yet so much more to learn and investigate; and we have only begun to climb the great mountain towards mastering the known and exploring the unknown. Let us never abandon the task; it will ultimately enable us to unite all of the sacred with all of the secular. Let us then be spurred on by the ancient words of Rabbi Tarfon (m. Avot 2:21) who in reference to the study of Torah declared: "You are not called upon to complete the task; but you are also not free to evade it; if you have studied much Torah, much reward will be given to you; and the Master who has assigned you this task can be relied upon ultimately to validate this work in which you are engaged." And so may it be." More...
Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor Promoted to Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at HUC-JIR
Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), has announced the promotion of Dr. Sarah Bunin Benor to the position of Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish as of July 1, 2010. Dr. Benor also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Southern California. Dr. Benor teaches about the social science of American Jews, as well as about language and culture, and mentors students in the School of Jewish Communal Services. Her research interests include Jewish languages, American Jewish identity and culture, sociolinguistic variation, the linguistic construction of identity, language contact, ethnography, and Orthodox Jews. More...
Dr. Haim O. Rechnitzer Promoted to Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at HUC-JIR
Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), has announced the promotion of Dr. Haim O. Rechnitzer to the position of Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Thought, as of July 1, 2010. Dr. Rechnitzer also serves as Visiting Professor at the Center for Studies in Jewish Education & Culture at the University of Cincinnati. His areas of expertise include Modern Jewish and Israeli Thought and Political Theology. Dr. Rechnitzer earned his doctorate from The Department of Jewish Thought at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2003 and his rabbinic ordination from HUC-JIR/Jerusalem in 2003. More...
Summer 2010 Recruitment with HUC-JIR Students and Alumni
The Department of Admissions and Recruitment is partnering with the Alumni Affairs Department and summer camp network for some hard-hitting recruitment this summer! Campers, CITs, and summer camp staff make some of the best HUC-JIR students. In fact, our research shows that our most successful applicants reference their time spent at camp with HUC-JIR students and alumni as the pivotal influence in choosing their life's work. HUC-JIR is capitalizing on this great opportunity to make connections and ensure a bright future for the Jewish people. More...
Dalia Marx's "When I Sleep and When I Wake: On Prayers between Dusk and Dawn"
Rabbi Dalia Marx, Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Midrash at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, recently published "When I Sleep and When I Wake: On Prayers between Dusk and Dawn" (2010, Hebrew). Her book, which deals with day and night prayer books, describes in detail the fascinating history of these texts and rituals from the time of the sages to today's modern arrangements. The book offers the reader a wide-ranging historical survey with surprising and new interpretations of well-known texts. More...
Laura S. Lieber's "Yannai on Genesis: An Invitation to Piyyut"
Hebrew Union College Press is pleased to announce the publication of "Yannai on Genesis: An Invitation to Piyyut" by Laura S. Lieber (HUC-JIR/Cincinnati '99). Piyyutim are Hebrew or Aramaic poems composed for use in the Jewish liturgical context, either in place of or as adornments to the statutory prayers. Laura Lieber's seminal study uses the piyyutim of a single poet, Yannai (ca. sixth century c.e.), to introduce readers to this important but largely unfamiliar body of writings. The book is divided into two parts. In Part One, Lieber examines Yannai's poetic language and structures, considers broader questions of his exegetical, cultural, and societal importance, then explores intriguing motifs in Yannai's worldview-mysticism, holiness, God, the Covenant of the Land, Jewish-Christian relations, and the roles and importance of women in his piyyutim. Part Two presents the texts of the Yannai's 31 extant piyyutim embellishing the Book of Genesis. Lieber translates, annotates, and analyzes these complex qedushta'ot, which display a representative range of Yannai's techniques, styles, themes, and motifs and highlight the poet's treatment of some of the most familiar biblical narratives. More...
HUC-JIR in the News
Transgender Rabbi Brings Joy and Energy to Beth El - Jweekly.com
As the new assistant rabbi and music director at Berkeley's Congregation Beth El, Reuben Zellman counts among his official duties tutoring b'nai mitzvah students and directing the choir. Unofficially, his job description includes one other bullet point: trailblazer. Zellman, 31, is only the second transgender rabbi ever ordained at the Reform movement's Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. "Reuben brings in a joy and energy to everything he does at Beth El," says Dan Magid, vice president of the 500-household congregation. "Nobody is really conscious of this being some sort of historic thing. Reuben is really terrific, we like him and we like what he does." More...
HUC-JIR's Rabbinic Externship Program: Part I - Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education
Funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation and now in its second year, HUC-JIR's "Rabbinic Externship" came to Miami this May to discover why Jewish day schools have become one of the cornerstones of Jewish continuity in North America. Six third- and fourth-year students spent a week at Jacobson Sinai Academy at Temple Sinai of North Dade. The students, two from each of HUC-JIR's campuses in Cincinnati, New York, and Los Angeles, were accompanied by Rabbi Sam Joseph, Professor of Jewish Education and Leadership Development at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, and Dr. Michael Zeldin, Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and Professor of Jewish Education at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles. Their intensive week included classroom observations and opportunities to teach and to witness tefilah. More...
Upcoming Events
Annual World Council of Jewish Communal Service Seminar: June 20 in Jerusalem
Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean of HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, will participate in the Annual World Council of Jewish Communal Service June Seminar, "Is What's Good for Israel Good for the Jews? How to Achieve Unity When Opinions Differ" on Sunday, June 20, 2010 from 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm at Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem. The Keynote speaker, Professor Shlomo Avineri, Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will lead a discussion of the timely and critical issues faced by Jewish communal professionals during a time of tension and differences within the Israel Diaspora relationship. The event is held in cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel Annual Assembly. More...
The Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology Lecture: June 24 at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
Please join HUC-JIR/Jerusalem and The Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology as Yuval Gadot and Taufik Dea'dle presents "Lod from the Time of the Mamluk to the Ottoman Period: Results of a Community-Based Archaeological Project." The lecture, conducted in Hebrew, is designed to present the results of recent archaeological research to the general public in Israel. It will take place on June 24 at 5:00 pm at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem. Admission is free. The series is supported by the Fellner Foundation and its Trustee, Mr. Frederick L. Simmons of Los Angeles. More...
Prayer: An Answer to the 21st Century: June 24-27 in Princeton, NJ
Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at HUC-JIR/New York, will participate in "Prayer: An Answer to the 21st Century," a conference in Princeton from June 24 through June 27. The conference is a celebration of the 60th anniversary of Fellowship in Prayer, one of America's first interfaith groups established in opposition to the atomic bomb as a way to bring the spiritual life to bring different people together for the common good. Other speakers include Sister Joan Chittister, Dr. Uma Mysorekar, Zen Master Bernie Glassman, Gustav Niebuhr, Rev. James Forbes, and Fr. Edward Beck. There will be over 20 workshops on prayer and social action from a wide variety of traditions. More...
Annual Alumni Shabbat Program: July 10 at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
Alumni from around the world will convene at the Annual Alumni Shabbat Program at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem on July 10 at 4:30 p.m. Paul Liptz will present the keynote address on "Looking Back to the Future: Dilemmas of the Global Interaction of Reform/ Progressive Judaism," followed by breakout study sessions focusing on Israel-Diaspora Relations led by: Rabbi Marc Rosenstein, Ph.D., Director, Israel Rabbinic Program; Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D., Jerusalem Faculty; and Rabbi David Levine, Ph.D., Jerusalem faculty. Alumni will have the opportunity to meet the new Year-In-Israel class and enjoy Havdallah with colleagues and incoming students. More...
The URJ's Kallah 2010: August 4-8 in Glen Cove, NY
Dr. Lawrence Hoffman, Dr. Jonathan Krasner, Dr. Mark Washofsky, and Dr. Andrea Weiss will be among the scholars teaching at the URJ 's Summer Kallah. The URJ's Kallah is an intense immersion in Jewish texts and ideas with outstanding teachers within a vibrant community of committed leaders. This is an unparalleled opportunity for spiritual renewal with full days of study and spiritual growth, including six sessions of a limud (text-based study seminars), plus additional workshops and learning opportunities. The entire Kallah community joins together for daily worship and meals, plus entertainment, singing and socializing. Register now for an unforgettable learning experience August 4-8, 2010, at the Glen Cove Mansion in Glen Cove, NY. More...
New at the HUC-JIR Judaica Gallery

Known as the "Grapevine Bowl," this unique piece is from the workshop of renowned Judaic glass artist Steve Resnick. It features gently engraved grape leaves and vines, as well as the phrase "flowing with milk and honey" in Hebrew. This beautiful piece is available exclusively at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum. $590 plus shipping and handling. To purchase, please contact: 212-824-2218, museumnyc@huc.edu.

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