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Thursday, March 1, 2001

Brookdale Center
One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street)

free and open to the public


2001 Samuel and Rose Blumenfield Memorial Lecture
"Between Cultures: Translating Amichai, or, A Jew at the Opera"
Professor Chana Bloch : Wednesday, March 21, 7 pm

In her lecture, "Between Cultures: Translating Amichai, or, A Jew at the Opera" Professor Chana Bloch will describe the challenge of translating the poetry of Israel's greatest modern poet, the late Yehuda Amichai, and read from his works.

Chana Bloch is Professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at Mills College, and is co-translator of The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai and of Amichai's Open Closed Open.

This lecture is made possible through a generous contribution in memory of Samuel and Rose Blumenfield by their children. Dr. Samuel Blumenfield, ordained at the Jewish Institute of Religion, was a distinguished educator, author and Hebraist who inspired many to pursue careers in the rabbinate and Jewish education. Rose Blumenfield was a gifted social worker, gracious Rebbetzin and helpmate.


2001 Dr. Jules Backman Memorial Lecture and Symposium
"Pursuing Justice: Three Journeys to Tzedakah;
The Activist, the Mystical and the Halakhic"

Rabbi Michael Chernick, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Danny Siegel
Wednesday, March 28, 8 pm

Rabbi Michael Chernick, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner and Danny Siegel will present "Pursuing Justice: Three Journeys to Tzedakah; The Activist, the Mystical and the Halakhic." After the presentation, speakers and audience members participate in small group discussions.

The HalakhicRabbi Michael Chernick, Deutsch Professor of Jewish Jurisprudence and Social Justice and Professor of Rabbinics at HUC-JIR, is the editor of Essential Papers on the Talmud.

The MysticalRabbi Lawrence Kushner, author and lecturer on Jewish Mysticism, Kabbalah and Hasidism, is a former rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, Massachusetts and Rabbi-in-Residence at HUC-JIR.

The ActivistDanny Siegel, author, lecturer and poet, is the founder of the Ziv Tzedakah Fund, a non-profit Mitzvah organization, and one of three recipients of the 1995 Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators.

The Dr. Jules Backman Memorial Lecture is made possible through the generosity of the late Dr. Jules Backman, former Chairman of the Board of Governors of HUC-JIR. A nationally prominent authority on prices, labor and antitrust issues, Dr. Backman taught at NYU for more than 40 years and was Research Professor Emeritus of Economics at the time of his death.


The Inaugural Blanche and Irving Laurie Lecture 
in Jewish Women's Studies
"Poetry as Prayer", Dr. Marcia Falk,  Monday, April 23, 7 pm

In this lecture and dramatic reading at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of ReligionDr. Marcia Falk will discuss her poetic process. Dr. Falk will present selections from her book,The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival, which revision Jewish liturgy from a gender inclusive perspective.

Dr. Falk is the Rabbi Sally J. Priesand Visiting Professor of Jewish Women's Studies at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati and Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

This lecture has been made possible through the generous support of The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. HUC-JIR expresses its appreciation to the Women's Rabbinic Network for its leadership in creating the Rabbi Sally J. Priesand Visiting Professorship in Jewish Women's Studies.

For more information, call 212.824.2293.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.