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Please join us on the historic Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion for a year of public programs and special campus events. We look forward to celebrating the inauguration of Dr. Andrew Rehfeld as President of HUC-JIR.

 

CONVOCATION

Thursday, August 22, 2019
11:30 am in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel
Celebrate the 144th opening of the academic year on the historic Cincinnati campus with our students, faculty, and the community. We will honor the tenth anniversary of our 2009 rabbinical ordinees and Ph.D. recipients.

 

TASTE OF THE CATSKILLS

Thursday, August 22, 2019
2:00 pm in the Klau Library
Join the Klau Library for an afternoon of reminiscing about many sunny and delightful summers spent in the Catskills while you enjoy the Klau Library’s new exhibit, The Borscht Belt: Jews on Vacation, and partake in some traditional Jewish resort-era refreshments. A lively panel discussion will be led by charismatic Catskills “regulars” as they share with us their different experiences and memories in Catskills resorts and bungalow colonies.
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WOMEN IN THE RABBINATE THEN & NOW: A CONVERSATION WITH RABBIS SALLY J. PRIESAND AND SONJA K. PILZ

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
4:30 pm Reception
5:30–7:00 pm Panel Discussion
The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
The story of women in the rabbinate brings together German and American history. When Sally J. Priesand was ordained at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati in 1972, she became the first woman rabbi in North America. Yet the first woman rabbi in Jewish history was a German woman, Regina Jonas (1902–1944). The American Jewish Archives and the Leo Baeck Institute have joined forces to sponsor a rare and fascinating conversation on women rabbis, then and now, featuring two pioneering women: Rabbi Sally Priesand and Rabbi Sonja Pilz, who was ordained at the Abraham Geiger College in Germany in 2015.
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MODERN ISRAELI ART: RECENT GIFTS FROM NANCY BERMAN AND ALAN BLOCH

Exhibition Opening
Thursday, September 19, 2019
5:30–8:00 pm in Mayerson Hall
5:30 Reception
6:15 Remarks followed by light Israeli music provided by Jewish Folk Duo, Irina & Jude. Be sure to catch them again at ish, Cincinnati’s Jewish and Israeli arts and cultural festival on September 22 in Washington Park. Learn more at ishFestival.com.

Anna Ticho. Mordecai Ardon. Yosl Bergner. Marcel Janco. Menashe Kadishman. Reuven Rubin. Ivan Schwebel. Shalom of Safed. David Gerstein. This exhibition features ten works by some of the best-known and most influential artists living and working in Israel throughout the twentieth century. Recently gifted to the Skirball Museum by Nancy Berman and Alan Bloch, many of the works were purchased directly from the artists or from distinguished early Israeli galleries by Nancy Berman’s parents, Philip and Muriel Berman. Exhibition continues through Sunday, January 5, 2020.
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COMICS WITHOUT JEWS? NOTHING MUCH TO TALK ABOUT

Monday, September 23, 2019
7:00 pm in the Klau Library
Bill Love, a long-time collector and published comic reviewer, will discuss the impact of Jews on the comic book scene. He will address the foundational Jewish writers, artists, and characters throughout the history of comic books. Please visit the exhibit of Jewish-themed comics and graphic novels from the Klau Library.
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TAKE TEN! A CLOSE LOOK AT MODERN ISRAELI ART

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
7:00 pm in Mayerson Hall
Join Skirball Museum director Abby Schwartz for an informative slide presentation. Learn about the artists represented in the exhibition and their important contributions to the development of modern art in Israel. Collector Nancy Berman will join us via SKYPE to talk about the formation of her personal collection of Israeli art and to answer questions from the audience. Berman was the curator of the HUC Skirball Museum in Los Angeles from 1972 to 1995 and served as director of the Museum of the Skirball Cultural Center from 1996 to 2002. An exhibition walk and talk is included.
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INAUGURATION OF ANDREW REHFELD, PH.D.

Sunday, October 27, 2019
10:30 am at Plum Street Temple
Reception to follow at the Westin Hotel
Please join us as Dr. Andrew Rehfeld is inaugurated as the President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
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36TH ANNUAL CINCINNATI ASSOCIATES TRIBUTE DINNER

Sunday, October 27, 2019
5:15 pm Reception followed by Dinner and Program
at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
This year’s 36th Annual Tribute Dinner will honor the inauguration of Dr. Andrew Rehfeld. The dinner benefits the students of the Rabbinical School and Pines School of Graduate Studies.
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REVISIONING DIASPORA: THE TALMUD AND THE JEWS

Feld Memorial Lecture
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
7:00 pm in the Klau Library
Professor Daniel Boyarin, Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture and Rhetoric, UC Berkeley, received his Ph.D. in 1975 from The Jewish Theological Seminary. Boyarin has written extensively on talmudic and midrashic studies, and his work has focused on cultural studies in rabbinic Judaism, including issues of gender and sexuality as well as research on the Jews as a colonized people.
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LUNCH AND LEARN: MODERN ISRAELI ART

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
12:00–2:00 pm in Mayerson Hall
Join Skirball Museum director Abby Schwartz for an informative slide presentation over a casual lunch. Learn about the artists represented in the exhibition and their important contributions to the development of modern art in Israel. An exhibition walk and talk is included.
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THE DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE “VOICES” OF BROADWAY

Sunday, November 24, 2019
4:00 pm in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel
Broadway has always been a place of openness and inclusion, whether race or gender, ethnicity or sexual identity. Join our talented students as they perform songs from Rodgers and Hart and Cole Porter, to the songs of Stephen Sondheim and the greatest hits of today highlighting color and gender, identity and age, faith and nationality.
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MODERN ISRAELI ART: RECENT GIFTS FROM NANCY BERMAN AND ALAN BLOCH

Closing Day
Sunday, January 5, 2020
1:00–5:00 pm in Mayerson Hall
Enjoy this last opportunity to self-tour Modern Israeli Art: Recent Gifts from Nancy Berman and Alan Bloch.

 

BOUND AND UNBOUND: IN SEARCH OF THE JEWISH POEM

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
7:00 pm in the Klau Library
Poet and critic Norman Finkelstein will read poems that highlight the Jewish dimension of his work. He will also discuss the relationship between his poetry and criticism apropos of his new book, Like a Dark Rabbi: Modern Poetry and the Jewish Literary Imagination (Hebrew Union College Press, 2019), and read a few poems by the authors about whom he writes. A complementary exhibit on Jewish mysticism will open at the Klau Library in January.

 

PRAYER INTERRUPTED

Sunday, January 26, 2020
Time TBD, at The Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal
The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center (HHC), HUC-JIR’s Klau Library, and Cincinnati Song Initiative will collaborate for the first time to present Prayer Interrupted. The program will dive into the lives of Jews in and around the Holocaust. Songs by Jewish composers, punctuated by liturgical music found in Klau Library’s famed Birnbaum Collection, will be combined with narration to bring the audience into the world in which these songs were created. This concert commemorates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz death camp, and marks the one-year anniversary of HHC’s opening in the historic Union Terminal.

 

ARCHIE RAND: SIXTY PAINTINGS FROM THE BIBLE

Exhibition Opening and Reception
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
5:30–8:00 pm in Mayerson Hall
Internationally celebrated artist and Jewish scholar Archie Rand brings a unique blend of expressionistic comic book style and loosely painted imagery rendered in vivid tones to familiar stories from the Hebrew Bible. Visually stunning and thoughtful, the works are at the same time irreverent and serious, adding fresh perspective to stories that have shaped Western civilization. Curated by Samantha Baskind, Professor of Art History at Cleveland State University. Exhibition continues through June 28, 2020.

 

THE CHAZZAN’S TALE: A CANTORIAL CONCERT

Sunday, March 1, 2020
4:00 pm in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel
From cantorial recitatives and European innovations to Yiddish folk and contemporary art song—Cantors David Lipp, Jen Roher, and Yvon Shore present a concert to highlight the musical journey of the Sweet Singer of Israel—the Chazzan. The performance will include selections from the rare manuscripts of the esteemed Birnbaum Collection housed in the Klau Library of HUC-JIR.

 

FOUNDERS’ DAY

Thursday, March 26, 2020
11:00 am in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel
We will celebrate with our distinguished alumni who have served the Reform Movement for 25 years and honor our founders, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise and Rabbi Stephen S. Wise.

 

DAPPER, FLAPPER, AND TAPPER

Sunday, April 26, 2020
4:00 pm in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel
Since we have entered 2020, we will sing about a previous 20s, the 1920s! This golden age of jazz, dance, film, and Broadway provided us songs of Berlin and Kern, Rodgers and Hart, Hammerstein, and many lesser known names, but great songs. Join us for tapping, snapping, and fun songs and stories with our rabbinical and graduate students!

 

COLLECTING STAMPS FROM ISRAEL

Monday, May 4, 2020
7:00 pm in the Klau Library
Dr. David Alden, a software engineer at Siemens and Israeli stamp enthusiast, will discuss stamp collecting. Are you interested in starting your own Israeli stamp collection? Learn about the different components of a robust and interesting collection and what makes the Klau’s Israeli stamp collection unique.

 

GRADUATION

Friday, May 22, 2020
11:00 am in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel
Please join our Pines School of Graduate Studies and Rabbinical School students as they receive their graduate degrees.

 

ORDINATION

Saturday, May 23, 2020
9:00 am at Plum Street Temple
The community is invited to celebrate with the Cincinnati campus rabbinical students who will be ordained as rabbis.

 


 

 THE JACOB RADER MARCUS CENTER OF THE AMERICAN JEWISH ARCHIVES (AJA) PROGRAMMATIC ACTIVITIESTHE JACOB RADER MARCUS CENTER OF THE AMERICAN JEWISH ARCHIVES (AJA) PROGRAMMATIC ACTIVITIES

The AJA offers numerous programs, exhibitions, and learning opportunities throughout the year. Explore a wide range of topics with featured scholars, join us as we celebrate important historical anniversaries relating to the American Jewish experience, or visit the AJA to view our unique and rare documents.

 

THE AJA’S FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

You are cordially invited to attend presentations throughout the year given by scholars and students who come to the AJA for a month-long fellowship program. These “Fellows” research and study the AJA’s vast collection of materials uncovering information about specific topics relating to the American Jewish experience and beyond. Visit americanjewisharchives.org for event dates and times. 

 


 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE RETREATS

Join a select group of students from Jewish communities throughout North America visiting HUC-JIR’s Cincinnati campus. Learn and celebrate together, and explore topics relating to urgent issues in American Jewish life. Take part in an incredible weekend of leadership development and skills building on our historic campus. Experience Jewish learning with our world-renowned faculty who will facilitate discussions and workshops. Connect with other future leaders who share your interests and goals.
The weekend will be unforgettable, and the knowledge gained will be invaluable. Weekends include:

  • Programs for College Students
  • Programs for High School Students
  • Youth Professional Summits

To learn more about these events, please contact Shelly Goldfarb, sgoldfarb@huc.edu or 513.487.3230.

 

Selected programs presented in conjunction with

Skirball Museum
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 11 am–4 pm; Sunday 1–5 pm

Free museum admission made possible by

 


  

Please watch for details of these programs and other events at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Seating may be limited at some programs. Dates and times are subject to change. All events take place on HUC-JIR’s Cincinnati campus unless noted. Some programs have a nominal fee.

For more information or to register, please go to huc.edu/cincinnati or contact Judy Ashton, jashton@huc.edu or 513.487.3098.