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| The College-Institute family is delighted
that Dr. Reuven Firestone’s health has greatly improved
and he has resumed his prolific work. We are happy to highlight
some of his recent accomplishments.
Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Jewish Studies,
HUC-JIR/LA, was interviewed on the PBS documentary, “Muhammed:
Legacy of a Prophet” in December.
He gave the following invited lectures: “Divine
Authority & Mass Violence: Holy War in Judaism, Christianity
and Islam” at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario
in October; “One Holy Land: Three Holy Peoples: Islamic,
Christian and Jewish Regard for the ‘Holy Land,’”
at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in October;
“The Resurrection of Holy War in Modern Judaism”
at the Center for Religious Inquiry at St. Bartholomew's Church
in Manhattan in October; “Jihad: Its Meaning, Origin
and Historical Application,” at the University of California
at Los Angeles, Center for Religious Studies in November;
“Religious Polemic and the Images of Jews in the Hadith”
at the AJS Annual Conference in December; he lectured at Santa
Clara University in January; at The Middle East Center of
the University of Utah in January; and will lecture at the
University of Memphis in April.
He wrote the following recent articles, encyclopedic
entries, and essays: “Arabian Jewish Culture at the
Emergence of Islam,” edited by David Beale, which was
published in A Cultural History of the Jews (Schocken, 2002);
“Zekhut, Hiqui, Umot Qedoshim” (Hebrew translation
of his “Merit, Mimesis and Martyrdom”), edited
by M. Halamish, H. Kasher, and Y. Silman, which was published
in The Faith of Abraham in the Light of Interpretation throughout
the Ages (Hebrew) (Bar Ilan University Press, 2002); “Azar,”
“Abyssinia,” and “Abraham,” which
were published in The Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an, Vol. 1
(E. J. Brill); “Fighting,” “Enemies,”
“Ishmael,” and “Isaac,” which were
published in The Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an, Vol. 2 (E. J.
Brill); “Ya`qub” (Jacob), and “Yusuf”
(Joseph) in The Encyclopaedia of Islam (New Edition), Volume
XI, (E.J. Brill, 2002); “Confronting Conquest and Persecution,”
from the conference: Convivencia: Enhancing Identity Through
Encounter Between Jews, Christians and Muslims in Seville,
Spain, May, 2000, published in From the Martin Buber House
of the International Council of Christians and Jews #29 (Summer,
2001); “Islam Hijacked,” in The Jewish Journal
of Greater Los Angeles (September 28, 2001); “Our Own
House Needs Order,” in Sh'ma (December 2001), reprinted
in Living Words IV: Jewish Ethics Addressing Terrorism, Sh'ma
(2002); “Islam is the Answer,” in The Jewish Journal
of Greater Los Angeles (December 18, 2001).
Dr. Bill Arnold (C ’85) and Dr.
Bryan Beyer (C ’85) co-edited a book Readings from
the Ancient Near East, which was published by Baker Book House (2002).
Dr. Isa Aron, Professor of Education, HUC-JIR/LA
and Founding Director of the Experiment in Congregational Education,
wrote the book The Self-Renewing Congregation, which was published
by Jewish Lights Publishing (2002).
Rabbi Carole B. Balin, Associate Professor of
Jewish History, HUC-JIR/NY, was the consulting editor for the book,
The Atlas of Great Jewish Communities: A Voyage Through History
by Sondra Leiman, which was published by UAHC Press.
Dr. Avraham Biran, Director of the Nelson Glueck
School of Biblical Archaeology, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, and Rachel Ben-Dov,
Archaeologist, Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology/ Skirball
Center for Biblical and Archaeological Research, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem,
wrote the book DAN II, Chronicle of the Excavations and the Late
Bronze Age “Mycenaean” Tomb (Annual of the Nelson Glueck
School of Biblical Archaeology, HUC-JIR).
Rabbi Jack H. Bloom’s book The Rabbi as
Symbolic Exemplar was published by Hawthorne Press (2002).
Rabbi Judith Bluestein (C ’84 and graduate
student, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati) will teach a Spring course entitled
“Introduction to Judaism” at Northern Kentucky University,
which is a Jewish Chautauqua Society endowed lectureship.
Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz, Sigmund Falk Distinguished
Professor of Education and Jewish Religious Thought, HUC-JIR/New
York, was honored with the publication of a JPS Scholar of Distinction
volume, Studies in the Meaning of Judaism, which presents 33 of
Dr. Michael Chernick, Arthur-Dora-Morton Deutsch
Professor of Jewish Jurisprudence and Social Justice and Professor
of Rabbinics, HUC-JIR/NY, wrote “‘Who Pays?’ The
Talmudic Approach to Filial Responsibility” which was published
in That You May Live Long: Caring for Our Aging Parents, Caring
for Ourselves, edited by Rabbi Richard F. Address (C ’72;
D.Min., NY ’99) and Rabbi Hara E. Person (NY ’98) (UAHC
Press). He lectured on “Who Pays? Filial Responsibility as
an Example of Jewish Law and Ethics” at Florida Atlantic University
in January as part of HUC-JIR/FAU’s Great Scholars Series.
Dr. Jonathan Cohen, Assistant Professor of Talmud
and Halakhah, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, lectured on “Developments
in Jewish Welfare Law, and the Duty to Support the Poor” at
Florida Atlantic University in March, as part of HUC-JIR/FAU’s
Great Scholars Series.
Dr. Martin A. Cohen, Professor of Jewish History,
HUC-JIR/NY, wrote The Canonization of a Myth: Portugal’s “Jewish
Problem” and the Assembly of Tomar (1629), which was published
by HUC Press.
Dr. Norman J. Cohen, Provost, HUC-JIR, lectured
on “The Bible Through the Prism of Midrash: What We Can Learn
from Moses as Jews and Human Beings” at Florida Atlantic University
in January; he also lectured there on “Making the Bible Come
Alive: Cain and Abel and Our Struggle With Good and Evil”
as part of HUC-JIR/FAU’s Great Scholars Series.
Rabbi David Ellenson, President, HUC-JIR, gave
the 2nd Annual Bangel Lecture on American Judaism, entitled “Jewish
Values and Identity in America: Retrospective and Prospective,”
at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, in
October. Also during this month, he was inaugurated as the 8th President
of the College-Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was honored by
being named the first occupant of the Gus Waterman Herrman Presidential
Chair. In November, he served as a Scholar-in-Residence at The Temple-Tifereth
Israel in Cleveland, Ohio, and spoke on the following topics: "Judaism
Resurgent: A Discussion of Where the Jewish Community has Developed
Over the Past Century and Where We May be Headed," "The
Impact of Feminism on Jewish Thought," and "Land and Peace
in Israel: A Jewish Legal Response." He both chaired a panel
and served as a respondent for a session on Eliezer Berkovits at
the Association for Jewish Studies’ Annual Conference in Los
Angeles, California, in December. He spoke at the Friends of Raddock
Eminent Scholar Chair event at Florida Atlantic University on “Directions
in American Judaism” in January. He also gave a public lecture
at FAU on “Judaism Resurgent? American Jewish Values and Identity
Today” and, as part of the HUC-JIR/FAU Great Scholars Series,
lectured on “The Infertility Dilemma, Technologies and Jewish
Tradition: A Look at the Sources.” Additionally in January,
he co-taught with Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson (N
’83) the session entitled "Women Who Came Before Us,
Women Who Inspired Us" at the Women’s Reform Network
Conference in London, England; presented "Two Models of Reform
Judaism: Isaac Mayer Wise and David Einhorn, and Their Meaning for
Reform Judaism Today" at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New
York; and presented with Dr. Eugene Borowitz, Sigmund
Falk Distinguished Professor of Education and Jewish Religious thought,
HUC-JIR/NY, at the Symposium program at HUC-JIR/NY on "Jewish
Thought: Current Trends." Beginning in January as part of a
four-session course, he started giving public lectures at the Manhattan
JCC on Jewish thinkers articulating a viable Jewish faith in a modern
western context. The first session in January centered on Mordecai
Kaplan and Abraham Joshua Heschel; the second session in February
centered on Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig. Also in February,
he gave the Dr. Samuel Atlas Memorial Lecture entitled, “‘To
Keep Evil to a Minimum’: Modern European Orthodox Responses
to Conversion and Intermarriage” at HUC-JIR/NY; served as
a Scholar-in-Residence at Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism
in Highland Park, Illinois, speaking on the topics: "One Rabbi's
Approach to Judaism" and "Two Views of American Judaism:
Isaac Mayer Wise and David Einhorn;" addressed the New York
Board of Rabbis on "Two Texts on the Posek and the Nature of
Jewish Law: Rabbi Moshe Feinstein and Rabbi Hayyim David Halevi;"
led a study session with the clergy track, delivered the Shabbat
morning sermon for the full convention, and led a Torah study at
the NFTY Convention in Washington, D.C.; and addressed the PARDeS
program participants at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles,
California, on the theme of the conference: "Teaching Values
& Ethics in Our Day Schools." Rabbi Ellenson, Rabbi
Helen Bar Yaacov (NY ‘02), and Gershom Sizomu
(visiting student, Fall 2001) were featured in the ABC-TV documentary
The Highest Commandment.
Among his many articles, “Parallel Worlds: Wissenschaft and
Pesaq in the Seridei Esh” was published in History and Literature:
New Readings of Jewish Texts in Honor of Arnold J. Band, No. 334,
ed. by William Cutter, Professor of Education and
Hebrew Language and Literature, HUC-JIR/LA, and David C.
Jacobson (Brown Judaic Studies, 2002); “Imagine a
Jewish World Without Denominations” was published in the Forward
(November 1, 2002); “Solidarity Breeds Responsibility”
was published in Contact (Winter 2003); and “The Amalek Decision”
was published in The Jerusalem Report (March 24, 2003).
Vicki Reikes Fox (MAJE ’78) wrote the stories
which accompany the photographs in the book Shalom Y’all:
Images of Jewish Life in the American South (Algonquin, 2002).
Rabbi Ruth Gais, Director, New York Kollel and
Community Outreach, wrote a review on a book by Professor Richard
Kalmin, which was published in the CCAR Journal.
Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, Chancellor Emeritus of
HUC-JIR and the John and Marianne Slade Professor of Jewish Intellectual
History, was awarded the State of Israel Bonds Elie Wiesel Holocaust
Remembrance Award for his dedication to the cause of Holocaust Remembrance
education. Dr. Gottschalk edited Israel Beyond Tears and Philanthropy
with Allon Gal (HUC Press, 2000). His article “Reform Judaism
in the New Millennium” was published in Contemporary Debates
in Reform Judaism, edited by Dana Kaplan; “The Uniqueness
of the Holocaust” was published in Hebrew in Gesher (Winter
2001); and “An Appreciation of Professor Ellis Rivkin –
A Personal Note” in Historiographic Methods by Ellis Rivkin
(Verlag A. Gotert, 2002).
Dr. Lisa Grant, Assistant Professor of Jewish
Education, HUC-JIR/NY, and Dr. Diane Tickton Schuster,
Director of the Institute for Teaching Jewish Adults, HUC-JIR/LA,
gave a lecture based on their book Meaning-Making at the Melton
Mini-Schools: Intersections in Adult Jewish Learning at the AJS
Annual Conference in December; their chapter “Teaching Jewish
Adults” will be published in the new Jewish Teachers Handbook,
edited by Nachama Skolnick Moscowitz (MAHE ’77)
(A.R.E. Publishers, 2003). Dr. Grant was a member of the faculty
and part of the planning group for a trip to Israel organized by
HUC-JIR/NY, the New York Board of Jewish Education, and the Lokey
Academy of Jewish Studies at the Leo Baeck School in Haifa. Twenty-four
principals and teachers from Reform and Conservative Congregational
Schools in the greater New York area spent 10 days at a study seminar
in Israel in February; Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Director
of Educational Initiatives, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, taught during the
group’s visit to Jerusalem.
Dr. Alyssa Gray, Assistant Professor of Codes
and Responsa Literature, HUC-JIR/NY, presented a paper entitled
“Martyrdom and Identity in the Yerushalmi” at the American
Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting;
she presented a paper entitled “Distance from the Emperor
is Next to Godliness: Redaction and Meaning in B. A.Z. 10a-11a”
at the Creation and Composition: The Contribution of the Bavli Redactors
(Stammaim) to the Aggadah Conference at New York University; she
lectured on “Uncovering Recurring Themes in TB Avodah Zarah”
at the AJS Annual Conference in December; she lectured on “Poverty,
Privilege and Justice: Major Themes in the Jewish Law of Tzedakah”
at Florida Atlantic University in February, as part of HUC-JIR/FAU’s
Great Scholars Series. The article she wrote with Bernard Jackson,
Berachyahu Lifshitz, and Daniel B. Sinclair, entitled “Halacha
and Law” was published in the Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies.
Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman was named the Barbara
and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual, HUC-JIR/NY,
at Founders’ Day Ceremonies in New York in March. He wrote
a unit on "Jewish Liturgy and Jewish Scholarship: Method and
Cosmology,” which was published in the Oxford Handbook of
Jewish Studies. He edited My People's Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers,
Modern Commentaries, Vol. 6, "Tachanun and Concluding Prayers,”
which was published by Jewish Lights Publishing, and includes contributions
from Drs. David Ellenson, President, HUC-JIR, Alyssa
Gray, Assistant Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature,
HUC-JIR/NY, Joel M. Hoffman, Lecturer on Hebrew,
HUC-JIR/NY, Lawrence A. Hoffman, Barbara and Stephen
Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, HUC-JIR/NY, and
Lawrence Kushner, Lecturer on Commentaries, HUC-JIR/NY.
Rabbi Ben Hollander, Lecturer on Rabbinics, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem,
spoke on “The Election of Israel (Sinai) and Elections in
Israel Next Week” at Adath Israel Congregation in Cincinnati
in January (the event was co-hosted by HUC-JIR and Isaac M. Wise
Emmanuel Itapson (graduate student, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati)
and Pastor Jeff Greer have created a non-profit
corporation, Self-Sustaining Enterprises, that will bring a food
processing plant, a boarding school, and a healthcare program to
the city of Jos in Itapson’s home country of Nigeria.
Dr. David Kaufman, Associate Professor of Contemporary
American Jewish Studies, HUC-JIR/LA, chaired a session entitled
“A Renaissance in Jewish Studies in Interwar America? Three
Case Studies” at the AJS Annual Conference in December; HUC-JIR
lecturers at that session included Dr. Frederic J. Krome,
Managing Editor, American Jewish Archives Journal, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati,
and Dr. Jonathan Krasner, Professor of American
Jewish History, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.
Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Director of Educational Initiatives,
HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, taught at a study seminar in February for which
twenty-four principals and teachers from Reform and Conservative
Congregational Schools in the greater New York area came to Israel.
Dr. Mark Kligman, Associate Professor of Jewish
Musicology, HUC-JIR/New York, led a session on “Releasing
the Creative Spark: The Arts and Neo-Hasidism” with Miriyam
Glazer and Michael Posnick at Awakening, Yearning and Renewal: A
Conference on the Hasidic Roots of Contemporary Jewish Spiritual
Expression and Festival of Neo-Hasidic Spirituality at the JCC in
Manhattan in March. He spoke on “From West to East: The Diversity
of Sephardic Liturgical Music” as part of a lecture series
at Florida International University in November.
Cantor Sharon Kohn, Cantor-in-Residence, HUC-JIR/NY,
participated in the first ACC and Cantors Assembly joint mission
to Israel in November, which included a visit to HUC-JIR/Jerusalem
as part of the itinerary for the 50 cantors from the Reform and
Dr. Jonathan Krasner, Assistant Professor of American
Jewish History, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, lectured on “Images of
‘New Jews’ in an Old/New Land: An Analysis of Interwar
Zionist Textbooks” at the AJS Annual Conference in December.
Dr. Leonard S. Kravitz, Professor of Midrash and
Homiletics, HUC-JIR/New York, and Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky (rabbinical
ordination, C ’81 and DHL, C ’85) edited and translated
Mishlei: A Modern Commentary on Proverbs, which was published by
Dr. Frederic Krome, Managing Editor, American
Jewish Archives Journal, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, wrote "Correspondence
between Martin Buber, Hans Kohn, Abraham Joshua Heschel and Adolph
Oko, 1939-44," which was published in Jewish Culture &
History, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Summer 2002); he lectured on “Between
the Diaspora and Zion: Cecil Roth at the Menorah Summer School of
1930” at the AJS Annual Conference in December.
Burton Lehman, Chair, HUC-JIR Board of Governors,
has been named Senior Advisor and General Counsel to Tishman Speyer
Properties in Manhattan.
Dr. Yosi Leshem, Lecturer on Bible, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem,
wrote an article “Beit Mikra,” which was published in
Likshor kesher – to form a conspiracy, No. 168 (Jerusalem
Dr. Adriane Leveen, Assistant Professor of Bible,
HUC-JIR/LA, lectured on “Reading the Seams: Inner Biblical
Dialogue in the Book of Numbers” at the AJS Annual Conference
Rabbi Robert N. Levine (NY ’77) wrote a
book There Is No Messiah…and You’re It: The Stunning
Transformation of Judaism’s Most Provocative Idea, which was
published by Jewish Lights Publishing (2003).
Paul Liptz (Lecturer on Israel Studies, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem)
was the Joseph I. and Sylvia Spector Scholar at the Interfaith Clergy
Institute at Congregation B’nai Israel of Bridgeport, CT.
Judy Lucas, Founding Curator of the Skirball Museum,
Cincinnati, was honored at a reception at HUC-JIR for her 20 years
of distinguished service to the museum.
Dr. Jerome A. Lund, Senior Research Scholar, Comprehensive
Aramaic Lexicon, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, and Prof. Bezalel Porten
wrote Aramaic Documents from Egypt: A Key-Word-in-Context
Concordance, which was published by Eisenbrauns. Also part of the
Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, A Dictionary of Jewish Palestinian
Aramaic of the Byzantine Period and A Dictionary of Jewish Babylonian
Aramaic of the Talmudic and Geonic Periods by Michael Sokoloff,
were published by Bar Ilan University Press and The Johns Hopkins
Rabbi Yehoram Mazor, Lecturer on Jewish Liturgy,
Rabbi David Ariel-Joel (J ’94), and Rabbi
Maya Leibovich (J ’93) edited Barukh She’asani
Isha?, [Blessed for Creating Me a Woman?] and Milchemet Gog Umagog,
[The War Before the Messianic Era], which were published by Yediot
Dr. Stanley Nash, Professor of Hebrew Literature,
HUC-JIR/NY, wrote an entry on Ahron Megged for the Encyclopedia
of Literature of the Holocaust, edited by S. Lilliam Kremer which
was published by Routledge Press (2002); he wrote an article “Itzik
Manger, Foigelman and the Problem of the Antihero,” which
was published in Hebrew Studies (2002).
Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky (C ’81, D.H.L. ’85),
with Joan Peterson Littman, wrote a book entitled
Making a Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage, which was published
by Jewish Lights Publishing.
David Palmer (graduate student and former teaching
assistant, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati) was honored by the Greater Cincinnati
Consortium of Colleges and Universities at their “Celebration
of Teaching” lunch program at Xavier University.
Rabbi Aaron Panken, Dean, HUC-JIR/NY, lectured
on “Self-Conscious Halakhic Change in Rabbinic Literature”
at the AJS Annual Conference in December.
Dr. Bruce A. Phillips, Professor of Jewish Communal
Service, HUC-JIR/LA, lectured on “Los Angeles Jews: Still
the Great Exception?” at the AJS Annual Conference in December.
Dr. Ellis Rivkin, Professor Emeritus of Jewish
History, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, wrote the book The Unity Principal:
The Shaping of Jewish History, which was published by Behrman House.
Rabbi Harold Robinson (C ’74 and father
of Yari Robinson, 5th year rabbinical student, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati),
gave the invocation at the Columbia Shuttle memorial service in
Houston, TX and was invited to speak about his experience on Larry
Jean Bloch Rosensaft, Senior National Director
of Public Affairs and Institutional Planning, HUC-JIR, presented
a lecture on the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp at an international
scholars conference guiding the development of the Bergen-Belsen
Memorial Museum in Germany in November. In January, she lectured
on the role of the arts and museums in seminary education at a Luce
Foundation-sponsored conference at the American Bible Society, where
she was also invited to lecture on Yaacov Agam's stained glass windows
at a symposium on stained glass.
Dr. Adam Rubin, Assistant Professor of Jewish
History, HUC-JIR/LA, lectured on “To Build and Be Rebuilt
by Galut: Labor Zionism and the Reinvention of Jewish Tradition”
at the AJS Annual Conference in December.
Rabbi Norbert Samuelson (C ’62) wrote the
following articles: “Revenge and Forgiveness in Jewish Virtue
Ethics,” which was published in Lesarten des jüdisch-christlichen
Dialogues: Festschrift zum 70. Geburtstag von Clemens Thoma, edited
by Silvia Käppeli (Peter Lang, 2003); “Creation and the
Symbiosis of Science and Judaism,” which was published in
B'or Ha'Torah 13E: Proceedings of the Third Miami International
Conference on Torah and Science Part Two: Physics and Math, Humanities,
Vol. 13 (2002); “Maimonidean Scholarship at the End of the
Century,” which was published in The Journal of the Association
of Jewish Studies Review, Vol. 26, No. 1 (April 2002); “Death
and Revival of Jewish Philosophy,” in the Journal of the American
Academy of Religion, Vol. 70, No. 1 (March 2002); “Creation
and the Symbiosis of Science and Judaism” in Zygon, Vol. 37,
No. 1 (March, 2002). His book, Revelation and the God of Israel,
was published by Cambridge University Press (2002).
Dr. Richard S. Sarason, Professor of Rabbinical
Literature and Thought, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, wrote an article “Communal
Prayer at Qumran and Among the Rabbis: Certainties and Uncertainties,”
which will be published in the book Liturgical Perspectives: Prayer
and Poetry in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Proceedings of the
Fifth International Symposium of the Orion Center for the Study
of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, 19-23 January,
2000, edited by Esther G. Chazon, Leiden (E.J. Brill, 2003); he
was the Barnett International Scholar at Brite Divinity School in
Fort Worth, TX in May 2002 where he taught a two-week course on
“The Early Roots of Jewish and Christian Prayer and Liturgy”
and gave a public lecture on “Talmud Torah and the Study of
Judaism: Diverse Settings of Jewish Learning;” he served as
scholar-in-residence for the Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Seminar on
Jewish and Christian Worship in Albuquerque, NM and at the SWAR
Kallah of the CCAR.
Sarah Schecter, a part-time employee of the Klau
Library, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati (and a senior at the Regional Institute
for Torah and Secular Studies), has been named a National Merit
Dr. Diane Tickton Schuster, Director of the Institute
for Teaching Jewish Adults, HUC-JIR/LA, and Dr. Lisa D. Grant, Assistant
Professor of Jewish Education, HUC-JIR/NY, wrote the chapter “Teaching
Jewish Adults” which will be published in the new Jewish Teachers
Handbook, edited by Nachama Skolnick Moscowitz (MAHE ’77)
(A.R.E. Publishers, 2003). They gave a lecture based on their book
Meaning-Making at the Melton Mini-Schools: Intersections in Adult
Jewish Learning at the AJS Annual Conference in December. Dr. Schuster’s
article, “Placing Adult Jewish Learning at the Center: Challenges
Facing Renaissance and Renewal,” will be published in Agenda:
Jewish Education (JESNA, Winter 2003).
Dr. David Sperling, Professor of Bible, HUC-JIR/NY,
was the Scholar-in-Residence at the UAHC Pacific Southwest Council
Regional Biennial in Costa Mesa, CA in February; he was invited
to be the Bronfman Distinguished Visiting Professor of Judaic Studies
at The College of William and Mary for 2003-4.
Dr. Mark Washofsky, Professor of Rabbinics, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati,
lectured on “Liberal Judaism and Halakhah: Theology and Practice”
at Florida Atlantic University in February, as part of HUC-JIR/FAU’s
Great Scholars Series.
Stephanie Waxman, Visiting Lecturer on Communication,
HUC-JIR/LA, wrote the following recent articles: “The Scent
of Tamarisk” which was published in OREGON EAST, Vol. XXXIII
(2002); “Tuesday Night at the Chestnut Street Library,”
which was published in MERIDIAN, Issue 10 (Fall/Winter 2002); “Perfection,”
which will be published in The Bitter Oleander Press (Spring 2003);
and “The Gift,” which will be published in RE:AL, Issue
28 (Spring 2003).
Dr. Racelle Weiman, Director, The Center for Holocaust
and Humanity Education, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, wrote “Ending
the Bitterness” which was published in Christianity, edited
by P. McGarry (Veritas Publications); her article “Human rights
and dignity as essential values in Judaism” was published
in Religions in Dialogue: From Theocracy to Democracy, edited by
A. Race and I. Chafer (Ashgate Publishing).
Rabbi Samuel R. Weinstein (C ’82) was honored
for his 10 years as Senior Rabbi at The Temple – Congregation
Shomer Emunim in Sylvania, OH in August 2002 with a special service
and dinner; the cantor of the congregation, Diane Yomtov (NY ’00),
as well as former cantors of the congregation, Judy Seplowin (NY
’95) and Ida Rae Cahana (NY ’93), participated in the
Dr. David Weisberg, Professor of Bible and Semitic
Languages, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, spoke at the University of Nanjing
under the sponsorship of The Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University
Center for International Studies, as part of a lecture tour of China.
Dr. Steven F. Windmueller, Director of the School
of Jewish Communal Service, HUC-JIR/LA, lectured on “The Mariachi-Klezmer
Connection: Examining Jewish Identity through the Lens of Latino-Jewish
Relations in Los Angeles” at the AJS Annual Conference in
December; he was the Keynote Speaker at the Santa Barbara Jewish
Federation Major Gifts Event in February; he lectured at the Hillel
Spitzer Forum in Baltimore in February; he will give a three-part
morning lecture series on Israel and American Jewry at Temple Emanuel
of Beverly Hills in March; he will give lectures at the New York
Federation of Northeastern New York, Board Retreat in Albany and
at the Social Justice Shabbat, Temple Beth Israel in Pomona, CA
Dr. Wendy Zierler, Assistant Professor of Modern
Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies, HUC-JIR/NY, wrote an article
“The Rabbi’s Daughter In and Out of the Kitchen: Feminist
Literary Negotiations,” which was published in Nashim, No.
5 (2002); she wrote entries on Anda Pinkerfeld Amir and Caryl Phillips
for the Encyclopedia of Literature of the Holocaust, edited by S.
Lilliam Kremer, which was published by Routledge Press (2002). She
lectured on “Memory and Morality: The Ethical Imperative To
Remember in Jewish Literature” at Florida Atlantic University
in February, as part of HUC-JIR/FAU’s Great Scholars Series.