Dr. Carole Balin (Associate Professor of Jewish
History), Dr. Eugene Borowitz (Sigmund L. Falk
Distinguished Professor of Education and Jewish Religious Thought
at HUC-JIR/NY), Dr. Martin Cohen (Professor of
Jewish History), Dr. Norman Cohen (Provost, HUC-JIR/NY;
Professor of Midrash), Dr. Lawrence Hoffman (Professor
of Liturgy and the Barbara and Stephen Friedman Chair in Liturgy,
Worship, and Ritual HUC-JIR/NY), Dr. Leonard Kravitz
(Professor of Midrash and Homiletics, HUC-JIR/NY), Cantor
Benjie Ellen Schiller (Professor of Cantorial Arts at the
SSM/NY) and Dr. Nancy Wiener (Adjunct Associate
Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling) all participatrd in the
program "Leading Intellectuals of Reform Movement discuss their
new directions in Jewish Scholarship," a discussion of their new
works at HUC-JIR/NY on November 12, 2003.
Leah Rachel Berkowitz (rabbinical student, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem)
two essays "At the Same Table" and "Counting my Blessings. . . Counting
Sheep" have been accepted for publication in the upcoming work Spirituality
101, a project of SkyLight Paths Publishing. The book is a
collection of essays about spirituality on college campuses.
Dr. Eugene Borowitz (Sigmund L. Falk Distinguished
Professor of Education and Jewish Religious Thought at HUC-JIR/NY)
published, "The Pivotal Issue in a Century's Jewish Thought" which
was published as the lead article in the current issue of Conservative
Judaism, 55.4, devoted to 20th century Jewish thought. Another article
will be published in the next issue of Conservative Judaism, entitled,
"Jewish Ethics, From 'Choosing a Sex Ethic' to Today".
Michael Chernick (Arthur-Dora-Morton Deutsch
Professor of Jewish Jurisprudence and Social Justice; Professor
of Rabbinics, at HUC-JIR/NY) published "'Turn It and Turn It Again:'
Culture and Talmud Interpretation" in Turn It and Turn It Again,
editor Sheila Delany, issued by Pegasus Press. Professor Chernick
was also one of the key note speakers in "Catholic and Jewish Responses
to Adversity and Loss," a conference sponsored by the Center for
Catholic/Jewish Studies at St. Leo University, St. Leo, FL.
Rabbi Norman Cohen (Provost, HUC-JIR/New York)
has published his new book Hineini in Our Lives: Learning How
to Respond to Others through Fourteen Biblical Texts and Personal
Stories, published by Jewish Lights. The book explores each
time the word hineini appears in the Bible, showing what these stories
reveal about us as parents, spouses, children, siblings, lovers,
and friends. He was a featured guest on The Voice of America, radio
program on seminary education which, included guests Rev. Martha
J. Horne, Dean and President, Virginia Theological Seminary; Dr.
Ian Markham, Dean of Hartford Seminary.
Dr. Shaul R. Feinberg (Adjunct Assistant Professor
of Jewish Education, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem) delivered a keynote talk
at the opening session of the first World Curriculum Conference,
hosted by the Institute of Curriculum and Instruction, East China
Normal University, Shanghai. Shaul was the only delegate from Israel;
his talk was entitled "Beyond Competency-The Teacher As Text Person,
You Shall Choose Life, The Value of Human Life in Israeli Society."
In Beijing, Shaul served as the Rabbi of Kehillat Beijing, affiliated
with the WUPJ, for the High Holy Days and participated in the celebration
of Simkhat Torah in a WUPJ Congregation in Hong Kong.
Professor Reuven Firestone (Professor of Medieval
Judaism and Islam and Director of the Edgar F. Magnin School of
Graduate Studies, HUC-JIR/LA) published, "What Made Saddam Run?"
in the op-ed section of the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles
on December 19, 2003 and "Religions Hold Mix of Justice and Mercy"
in the in the op-ed section of the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles
on January 2, 2004.
Dr. Eitan P. Fishbane (Assistant Professor of
Jewish Religious Thought, HUC-JIR/LA) has been asked to deliver
a paper entitled "Confession, Mystical Experience, and the Language
of the Self" at this year's annual meeting of the Association for
Jewish Studies. His article "Authority, Tradition, and the Creation
of Meaning in Medieval Kabbalah" is scheduled to appear in the March
2004 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.
He will participate in "Mystical Interpretation", a three-scholar
interfaith and clergy symposium at Temple Emanu-El in New York City
as part of a three-year series on mysticism in Judaism, Christianity,
Professor Alfred Gottschalk (Chancellor, Professor
Emeritus of Bible and Jewish Thought) was appointed to; the Board
of Trustees of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, The Alliance
Israelite University, New York, the Board of Regents of the Center
for the Study of Jewish Civilization, Jerusalem, and the Board of
Trustees of the Oxford Center for the Study of Hebrew and Jewish
Studies, Oxford, England
Alyssa Gray (Assistant Professor of Codes and
Responsa Literature at HUC-JIR/NY) presented a paper at a Williams
College conference called "New Methods of Reading Rabbinic Literature."
She lectured to the Talmud Department Seminar at Jewish Theological
Seminary in New York and her article "A Contribution to the Study
of Martyrdom and Identity in the Palestinian Talmud" was published
in the Journal of Jewish Studies. She was also nominated to the
Board of the Women's Caucus of the Association for Jewish Studies.
Melbourne Harris, (C '27) on his 100th birthday
and status as the school's oldest living alumnus
Malka Hershkovitz (Keeper of Antiquities, Nelson
Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem) published;
"A Carved Bone Plaque from Tel Dan" in Qadmoniot 124 (2003), [Hebrew];
"Gemstones" in Hillel Geva (ed.); "Jewish Quarter Excavations in
the Old City of Jerusalem, Conducted by Nahman Avigad," 1969-1982,
Vol. II, Chapter Ten, Jerusalem 2003; "Lamps Decorated With Human
Faces" from the Excavations at the Jewish Quarter In Jerusalem,
in L. Chrzanovski (ed.), which was published in Nouveaut's Lychnologiques
News, Geneve 2003; and "Jerusalemite Painted Pottery from the Late
Second Temple Period," which was published in Michmanin 18, (Haifa
2003), [Hebrew] and [English].
Dr. Lawrence Hoffman (Professor of Liturgy and
the Barbara and Stephen Friedman Chair in Liturgy, Worship, and
Ritual HUC-JIR/NY) received, the Berakah Award from the North American
Academy of Liturgy.
Yuri Hronsky (SJCS '01, MAJE '01) upon his appointment
to Vice Principal of Abraham Joshua Heschel West Day School in Los
Rabbi Sarah Hronsky (L '03, MAJCS '01) upon her
appointment to Assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth Hillel, in Los Angeles.
The Joint Commission for Sustaining Rabbinic Education
has provided educational opportunities to over 500 HUC-JIR rabbinic
alumni worldwide. In the fall of 2003, over 75 rabbis participated
in distance education mini courses. In spring 2004, the Joint Commission
will be offering a new program, Mahaloqet L'shem Shamayim or "Debate
for the Sake of Heaven" on the subject of "Post-denominationalism,"
featuring Dr. Jack Wertheimer of the Jewish Theological School and
Dr. Tsvi Blanchard of CLAL. Later this year, during the counting
of the Omer, the Joint Commission will again be offering its very
popular Sefirah Study Program, featuring Dr. Linda Thal, Dr. Norman
Cohen, Dr. Elsie Stern, and Dr. Eitan Fishbane on the topic of "Talmud
Torah as Spiritual Encounter."
The Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health co-sponsored,
along with The University of California Medical School and the San
Francisco Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, a major national conference
on the importance of collaboration in addressing contemporary health
issues. The Institute will be a partner in sponsoring a major national
Jewish Bio-Ethics conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the
subject of the place of the quality of life in Jewish medical ethics
Dr. David Kaufman (Associate Professor of Contemporary
American Jewish Studies, HUC-JIR/LA), Professor Bruce Phillips
(Professor of Jewish Communal Service, HUC-JIR/LA ), and Steven
Windmueller ( Director, School of Jewish Communal Service,
HUC-JIR/LA) are all featured in California Jews, a Brandeis
University Press Publication (and published by University Press
of New England), edited by Ava Kahn and Marc Dollinger . This lavishly
illustrated volume is the first to look at a variety of issues that
have shaped California Jewry over its 150-year history..
Dr. Amira Meir (Lecturer on Bible, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem)
published, "On the Study of Pentateuchial Poetry in "God's Word
for Our World, Biblical Studies in Honor of Simon John De Vries,"
issued by T&T Clark. The article portrays the different attempts
to deal with the definitions of poetry, starting with the discussion
in Tractates Rosh Hashanah, Megillah and Soferim, continuing with
the discussion in the Mekhilta de-Rabbi Ishmael, and on to the writing
of Menahem Ben Saruq, Rabbi Judah Messer Leon, Azariah Dei Rossi,
and Robert Lowth about Biblical poetry, and concluding with the
definitions of biblical poetry by M.H. Segal, Y. Kaufmann and A.
David Palmer, (Graduate student, HUC-JIR), was
recognized by The Cincinnati Area Chapter of Mensa, the high IQ
society, with their annual scholarship. Ronald Hardin (Graduate
student, HUC-JIR) also received Regional Scholarship Recognition.
Dr. Aaron Panken (Dean of HUC-JIR/NY) received
his Ph.D. from New York University.
Shankari Patel (Financial Aid Administrator,
HUC-JIR\LA) has been named Outstanding Graduate Student at California
State University, Los Angeles.
Julie Pelc (rabbinical student, HUC-JIR/LA) has
published "Joining the Sisterhood: Young Jewish Women Write their
Lives" issued by SUNY Press and edited by Julie Pelc and Tobin Belzer.
The book is a collection of poems, essays, and stories from young
women across the spectrum of Jewish life - from Orthodox to secular,
Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Mizrahi, speaking about the intersections
between femaleness, youth and Jewishness.
Dr. Avraham I. Rivkind participated in the CBS
News show 60 Minutes and in an HUC-UC Ethics Center program,
"Ethical Dilemmas That Arise When Offering Emergency Treatment in
Time of War."
Joyce Rosensweig (Artist-in-Residence, HUC-JIR/NY)
presented a series of recitals at the Charlotte Yiddish Institute
and the Chicago Yiddish Institute. She collaborated in concert with
Zamir Chorale of Boston, performed at a concert at the Jewish Public
Library in Montreal and taught classes at the American Conference
of Cantors' Convention and the North American Jewish Choral Festival.
Diane Tickton Schuster, Ph.D. (Director, Institute
for Teaching Jewish Adults HUC-JIR/LA) published "Jewish Lives,
Jewish Learning: Adult Jewish Learning in Theory and Practice,"
issued by UAHC Press. The book helps Jewish professionals to understand
adult Jewish learners and how to effectively respond to their educational
and developmental needs.
Steven Windmueller (Director, School of Jewish
Communal Service, HUC-JIR/LA) published "Consensus as a Symbol of
Jewish Citizenship, "in the October 2003 edition (34/604) of Sh'ma
The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education
received exhibition grants for its programs, including: Mapping
Our Tears, a permanent interactive environmental theater,
located on the gallery level of the Skirball Museum. The
Cintas Farmer Family Foundation joined the Founding Benefactors
and awarded a grant to the Center to expand Mapping Our Tears
to include: WWII Liberators The Men in Uniform. The Center
has been awarded a Fisher Family Grant, and a Grant
from the Cincinnati Public Schools for the Community
Outreach initiative, promoting and creating curriculum for Hana's
Suitcase. A Three Year Assessment of Holocaust Education
in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky was recently concluded in an independent
study by the University of Cincinnati Educational Services Evaluation
Center. This was the first comprehensive study in U.S. history and
clearly hails the need and demand for Holocaust education availability
and curriculum needs.