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Abraham served as Chair of the training seminar series for the
Sexual Orientation Issues in Congregations and Community Initiative
(l to r) Mona Kerstine, Chair, Cincinnati HUC- JIR 125th Anniversary Celebration, Gil Shaham, guest violinist, Maestro Jesus Lopez-Cobos, and composer Joel Hoffman at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's concert dedicated to HUC-JIR's 125th anniversary
Dr. Carole Balin gave a presentation on her new book To
Reveal Our Hearts: Jewish Women Writers in Tsarist Russia for
the Program in the History of Women and Gender at NYU.
Rachel Ben-Dov completed her manuscript on the Mycenaean tomb
which is to be published as part of Dan II.
Cantor David Bentley serves as the Cantor/Religious School
Director at Congregation B'nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek, CA.
Dr. Avraham Biran was filmed by the History Channel in connection
with "Digging for the Truth," a TV special on how archaeology offers
evidence relating to the stories of the Bible.
Rabbi Herbert Bronstein will speak at the meeting of the International
Society for the Study of Time on "Time and Uncertainty in Shakespeare"
Dr. Martin Cohen and two of his students, Diana Monheit
and Jacqueline Mates-Muchin, by invitation from the U.S. Department
of State, were interviewed by the Guang Ming Daily, the leading Beijing
newspaper, as part of its program to enhance mutual understanding.
Rabbi Benjamin David's collection of short stories, So Is
This Wilderness and Other Stories, about his experiences in America
and Israel as a young, liberal Jew and son of a Reform rabbi, was
published recently and is available from on-line booksellers.
Cantor Ellen Dreskin will be on the faculty of the UAHC Kallah
in New Hampshire in June.
Dr. Shaul R. Feinberg's article "Soul Searching: A Response
to Teaching and Appreciating the Other" was published in Beyond
Survival and Philanthropy.
Aaron Goldstein was appointed the first Outreach Director of
the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues.
Dr. Alyssa Gray, Assistant Professor of Codes and Responsa
Literature, successfully defended her doctoral thesis, "A Talmud in
Exile: The Influence of Palestinian Talmud Avodah Zarah on the Formation
of Babylonian Talmud Avodah Zarah," at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Fred Greene was appointed to the CCAR Task Force on Kashrut
to discuss issues of Jewish vegetarianism and humane treatment of
Rabbi Leslie Y. Gutterman was invited by the Chaplain of the
United States Senate to be the guest Chaplain at the first session
of the 107th Congress.
Cantor Regina Heit was appointed Adjunct Professor of Biblical
Hebrew for St. John Vianney Theological Seminary for the Archdiocese
of Colorado, and has been approved by the Vatican Lateran Scola.
Malca Hershkovitz teaches a course at the Hebrew University
on the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
Rabbi Ben Hollander served as Israeli-Scholar-in-Residence
for the Midwest Region of the United Synagogue and led a week of Torah
study in Palo Alto sponsored by Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox
Dr. David Ilan will be a Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins
University and will teach an undergraduate course entitled "An Introduction
to the Archaeology of Palestine in the 2nd millennium BCE" in the
Jo Kay will be a faculty member at the Whizin Summer Institute
on "Reaching and Teaching the Jewish Family" at the University of
Judaism in Los Angeles.
Dr. Mark Kligman is a research fellow working on a project
called "Contemporary Jewish Music in America" at the Center for Advanced
Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Joseph A. Levine's book Rise and be Seated: The Ups
and Downs of Jewish Worship was published by Jason Aronson, Inc.
Ruth Mantell won a Freedom of Information Award and the 2000
Community Challenges Award from the Georgia Press Association.
Paul Liptz spoke to 2000 participants of 10 Solidarity Missions
to Jerusalem this winter.
Dr. Michael A. Meyer and W. Gunther Plaut's book The Reform
Judaism Reader, which traces the history of Reform Judaism from
its origins to the present, was published by the UAHC Press.
Rabbi Rachel S. Mikva edited Broken Tablets: Restoring the
Ten Commandments and Ourselves, which includes essays by Dr. Eugene
B. Borowitz, Rabbi Laura Geller, Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Rabbi
Peter S. Knobel, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (who also wrote the introduction),
Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman, and Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf; Rabbi Mikva
will donate the book's proceeds to the HUC-JIR/NY Soup Kitchen.
Dr. Philip Miller's article, "A Speculation on External Factors
in the Formation of the Crimean Karaite (National) Identity," was
published in Judaism and Islam: Boundaries, Communication and Interaction:
Essays in Honor of William M. Brinner.
Dr. Stanley Nash's article "Aharon Appelfed through the Eyes
of Scholars and Critics" will be published in Prooftexts.
Dr. Carol Ochs' book, Our Lives as Torah: Finding God in
Our Own Stories, was published by Jossey-Bass.
Dalia Pakman gave a lecture at Hebrew University to students
of the Institute of the Blind.
Kevin Proffitt has been appointed Publications Editor for Archival
Issues, one of the leading professional journals in the field of archival
Rabbi Dennis S. Ross' book The Ten Commandments: From the
Shadow of Eden to the Promise of Canaan was published by BIBAL
Dr. Adam Rubin will speak on "Zionism and Palestinian Nationalism:
A Tale of Two Narratives" at the UCLA Hillel Forum 2001 on Muslim-Jewish
Relations: Harmony & Discord Throughout History.
Rabbi Sanford Seltzer's book When There is No Other Alternative:
A Spiritual Guide for Jewish Couples Contemplating Divorce was
published by the UAHC Press.
Cantor William Sharlin was the Cantor Harold Orbach Composer-in-Residence
at the School of Sacred Music, HUC-JIR/NY.
Corey Slavin has been appointed Liaison to the Dean's Office
for the Sexual Orientation Issues in Congregations and Community Initiative,
Dr. David Sperling's article "The Law and the Prophet" appeared
in Jews, Christians and the Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures,
A. Bellis and J. Kaminsky (eds.)
Rabbi Mark Washofsky's book Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary
Reform Practice was published by the UAHC Press.
Professor Stephanie Waxman published her book, A Helping
Handbook - When a Loved One is Critically Ill, based on her experiences
with her father, Stanley J. Waxman, teacher of Speech and Communications
at HUC-JIR/LA for 30 years.
Dr. Nancy Wiener's book, Beyond Breaking the Glass: A Spiritual
Guide to Your Jewish Wedding (CCAR) will be available this spring.
Cantor Jose Wolf and Cantor Marshall Portnoy's guide
to chanting Torah, The Art of Torah Cantillation, including
a book and CD, was published by the UAHC Press as a project of the
Commission on Synagogue Music.