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Connect with our esteemed faculty, engaging students, and fellow supporters in 2020!

The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are extremely important to us. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, and in an effort to minimize social interaction, our campuses are closed and all instruction has been moved to Zoom through the end of the semester. All in-person events have been canceled, but we still have plenty of opportunities for you to learn and connect with the HUC-JIR community online.

We invite you to join us every Tuesday via Zoom for virtual learning opportunities with our esteemed faculty. You can also explore more online community resources by visiting the College Commons.

If you have questions about our virtual events, please contact Liza Sacks at lsacks@huc.edu.  




"Innovation and Inclusion: The Rabbis' Remaking of Passover"
Rabbi Dvora Weisberg, Ph.D.  

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

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With the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple, the central ritual of Passover - the offering of the paschal sacrifice - became impossible. Recognizing the centrality of the Passover story to the Jewish people, the early rabbis created a new, home-based ritual: the Passover Seder. This celebration shifted the observance of Passover from Temple to home, and in so doing, gave everyone in the community an expanded role in Passover.

Rabbi Dvora Weisberg, Ph.D., is the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professor of Rabbinics and Director of School of Rabbinical Studies at HUC-JIR's Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. 

"Gender and Politics in Late Bronze Age Syria: 
The Undoing of the Daughter of the Grey Lady"
Dr. Christine Thomas

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

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Join us for our annual Tsevat Memorial Lecture in honor and memory of Dr. Matitiahu Tsevat who taught at HUC for more than 20 years.

Dr. Christine Thomas holds a joint appointment from HUC-JIR/Cincinnati and Xavier University as Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible.



The Psychological Aspects of Being in Your Retirement Years
Dr. Betsy Stone

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Medical advances have led to the creation of a new life stage: Encore Adulthood. This is the stage that newly exists between retirement and death. Once expected to be brief, this life stage now can last upwards of 30 years. How do we help people prepare for healthy and not-so-healthy aging? What happens during the psychological process of retirement that impacts the ensuing years? 

Dr. Betsy Stone is a retired psychologist who serves as an adjunct lecturer at HUC-JIR. Her classes include Human Development for Educators, Adolescent Development, and Teens In and Out of Crisis.

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Tzedaqah (Charity): Who and What Is It For?
Dr. Alyssa Gray

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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We all know (don’t we?) that “tzedaqah” means “charity” (among other things). But what we don’t always think about is how some major figures in Jewish tradition see tzedaqah as a sort of religious force-field that ties together God and humans, heaven and earth, the past and the present, the living and the dead. Other equally major figures stress the purely human aspects of tzedaqah. Who has it right about who and what tzedaqah is for? Come explore with us.

Dr. Alyssa Gray is the Emily S. and Rabbi Bernard H. Mehlman Chair in Rabbinics and Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature at HUC-JIR.

"'How Long?' — Psalm 13 and Biblical Responses to Crisis"
Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Ph.D.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The recording of this session will be posted shortly.

We will explore Psalm 13, which gives voice to the anxiety of the unknown often experienced in times of crisis. This ancient psalm of lament contains language and imagery that feels remarkable resonant as we confront the coronavirus pandemic.

Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Ph.D., is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Previously, she served as Associate Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/New York.



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