HUC-JIR President Issues Statement on Year-in-Israel Program

Friday, March 1, 2002

Statement Issued by Dr. David Ellenson in Jerusalem
March 11, 2002

In light of the escalating violence in Jerusalem, and the resultant inability to maintain the integrity of the Year-in-Israel program for our first year rabbinical, cantorial, and education students, Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, announced today that this year's formal class instruction will end prior to the Passover break. The students have the choice of completing the remaining four academic weeks of the program (reading week, exams, and papers), either in Jerusalem or in North America. This year's class is the 32nd consecutive class of rabbis, cantors, and educators to study at HUC-JIR's Jerusalem campus since the program's inception in 1970. Preparations are already in progress for the Year-in-Israel class of 2002-03, which plans to arrive in Jerusalem this summer.


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 men and women for service to 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, 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. www.huc.edu