Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Israeli Defense Forces and between Israelis and
Palestinians. Like many of her generation, she was
profoundly influenced by her army service during
the Yom Kippur War and the shattering disillusion-
ment that followed. After a career as curator of Beth
Hatefutsoth – the Museum of the Diaspora in Tel
Aviv, and later as a Judaism/Zionism educator, she
discovered Reform Judaism for the first time while
working with North American Jewish teenagers.
Nava sees the rabbinate as a powerful framework
from which to advocate for human rights and
renewed values in Israel. In her Ordination remarks,
she said: “We are commanded to change our nation
through justice and law that stem from a Jewish
worldview. We are commanded to make our mark
on Israeli society as a whole, and to open doors in
places where these are shut before us: in the Army
and the Knesset, in local authorities, in the educa-
tional and cultural systems, in cities and in the
country. We must do so since we bring a breath of
fresh Jewish air, innovative and creative, speaking in
the cultural language of young Israelis.”
Ofek Meir
grew up in Jerusalem,
immersed in the Israel Movement for
Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). He discov-
ered a form of Judaism vastly different
from that observed by the majority of
Israelis through participation in the
IMPJ’s Telem Scouts. Passionate about
religious Jewish humanistic education in
Israel, he helped found the first
Progressive Judaism summer camp;
Etgar, a worldwide program that brings
Zionist youths to Israel for a year; and
the Lokey International Academy of
Jewish Studies at the Leo Baeck
Education Center in Haifa. Today he
officiates as the Rabbi at the Leo Baeck
Education Center in Haifa and is direc-
tor of the project for building the first
private Reform Jewish school in Israel,
scheduled to open its doors during the
school year of 2008.
Corrie (Keren) Zeidler
grew up in Holland in
a Protestant Christian family, and converted to
Judaism after visiting Israel and meeting her future
husband, an Israeli, while living on a
became a deeply inquisitive and knowledgeable
Jew, completed both a B.A. and Master’s in Hebrew
Language at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
and Haifa University, and became a communal
leader at Kibbutz Yahel and later at Reform congre-
gation Har-El in Jerusalem. Corrie imparted her
love of Judaism and Israel to her family, who later
joined her in her religious path, converted to
Judaism, and came on
to Israel. She served
throughout rabbinical school as student rabbi of the
Ma’alot Tivon congregation near Haifa. Her love
of Hebrew language and literature has inspired her
to translate eleven books from Hebrew to Dutch,
among them the works of Shifra Horn, Zeruya
Shalev, David Grossman, and Dan Tsalka.
Dr. Yoram Dinstein,
Chair of the Jerusalem
Board of Overseers (left),
and Rabbi David
Ellenson with Professor
Aharon Barak, President
Ret.) of The Supreme
Court of Israel (center),
who was awarded the
Doctor of Humane
Letters, honoris causa,
at the Ordination and
Academic Convocation
ceremony at Mercaz
Shimshon on the HUC-
JIR campus in Jerusalem
on November 10, 2006.
Professor Barak’s
Convocation Address
can be found on the
HUC-JIR website at