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HUC-JIR at the URJ Biennial

HUC-JIR students, faculty, administration, and alumni are leading and participating in a number of sessions at the URJ Biennial in Boston on December 6-10, 2017. Will you be there? Please let us know and be sure to highlight the sessions below in your schedule to connect with our HUC-JIR thought leaders all week! If you haven't registered, click here to get started.

 

Wednesday, December 6

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Expect the Unexpected: New Insights from Diverse Jewish Sources 
Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Dean, Cincinnati
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam, Los Angeles
Rabbi Michael Marmur, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost, Jerusalem
Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Associate Professor of Bible, New York 

3:45 pm – 5:00 PM

Judaism Struggles With Gender: Modernity, the Gender Revolution, and the Family
Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Dean, Cincinnati

Let Justice Roll Down Like Water: Prophetic Roots of Modern Social Action
Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Associate Professor of Bible, New York 

What Does Islam Really Say About Jews and Christians?
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam, Los Angeles

Yalta: A Voice From the Past
Dr. Ruhama Weiss, Director, Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, Jerusalem

 

Thursday, December 7

9:00 am – 10:30 am

       Thursday Morning Plenary
       Rabbi Aaron Panken, President

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Eating Sour Grapes: Innovation in the Bible
Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Associate Professor of Bible, New York 

Islam and the West: Is There a Clash of Civilizations?
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam, Los Angeles

Reform Judaism and the Zionist Controversy: Back to the Future?
Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Dean, Cincinnati

The Spiritual Questionnaire: An Israeli Approach to Pastoral Care
Dr. Ruhama Weiss, Director, Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, Jerusalem

Congregational Governance in Changing Times
Rabbi Sam Joseph, Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Education and Leadership Development, Cincinnati 
Cary Davidson, URJ Oversight Committee 

Teens and Stress - What Congregations Can Offer to Help Teens Flourish
Dr. Betsy Stone, Adjunct Lecturer, New York
Rabbi Paul Kipnes, Rabbi, Congregation Or Ami
Pamela Schuller, Here.Now. Program Manager
Rabbi Julia Weisz, Rabbi and Director of Education, Congregation Or Ami

 

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Celebrating Ten Years of The Torah: A Women's Commentary
Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Associate Professor of Bible, New York   
Dr. Ruhama Weiss, Director, Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, Jerusalem

New Thinking About Israel
Dr. Miriam Heller Stern, National Director of the HUC-JIR School of Education, Los Angeles
Rabbi Reuven Greenvald, Director of Israel Engagement, URJ  
Rabbi Joshua Weinberg, President, ARZA

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Cell Phones as Digital Learning Tools
Dr. Joshua Holo, Dean, Jack H. Skirball Campus, Los Angeles
Joanne Tolkoff, Producer, College Commons; Public Affairs Associate, Los Angeles

Live and in Person: Aaron and the Levites!
Rabbi Aaron Panken, President

 

Friday, December 8

8:00 am – 8: 45 am

My Soul Shall Sing
Sarah Grabiner '19
Alex Kurland '20
Maya Glasser '18
Merri Lovinger Arian, Faculty in Liturgical Arts, Music Education, and Conducting, New York

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Jews, Civil Rights, and the American Nation
Rabbi Gary Zola, Executive Director, Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives; Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience and Reform Jewish History, Cincinnati

Taking a Stand
Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Associate Professor of Bible, New York    
Dr. Ruhama Weiss, Director, Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, Jerusalem

The Jewish Community in the Year 2050? Predicting the Jewish Future
Steven Windmueller, Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service, Los Angeles
Rabbi Sarah Bassin '11, Associate Rabbi, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Reframing the Leadership Challenge: Moving from Crisis to Opportunity
Erik Ludwig, Director, Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles
Gali Cooks, Executive Director, Leading Edge

Jewish Sacred Aging Podcast Recording
Rabbi Richard Address, School of Education Adjunct/D.Min program faculty, New York

Theology of Action
Rabbi Michael Marmur, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost, Jerusalem 
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, National Director of Recruitment and Admissions; President's Scholar; Director, Office of Community Engagement, Cincinnati 

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

HUC-JIR Alumni Reception

 

Saturday, December 9

8:30 am - 9:45 am

Go Down Joseph: Joseph's Descent to Egypt and the Rise of Our Own People
Rabbi Ana Bonheim, Director, HUC-JIR Founders' Fellowship

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Freud, Ritual and God: Making Sense of Modern Prayer
Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, The Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual, New York

Reimagining Jewish-Muslim Relations
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam, Los Angeles
Imam Abdullah Antepli, Senior Fellow, Duke University Office of Civic Engagement

Sunday, December 10

11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Reform Judaism's Commitment to the Jewish State - Israel Matters in Your Congregation
Dr. Joshua Holo, Dean, Jack H. Skirball Campus, Los Angeles
Rabbi Lauren Berkun, Director of Rabbinic and Synagogue Programs, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
Rabbi Reuven Greenvald, Director of Israel Engagement, Union for Reform Judaism
Rabbi Donniel Hartman, President, Shalom Hartman Institute 
Rabbi Noa Sattath, Director, Israel Religious Action Center

 

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