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Evan Moffic to present "In Search of the Jewish People: Modern Jewish Thinkers and HUC-JIR's Year-in-Israel Program" at Food for Thought Lecture

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Monday, December 2, 2002

Evan Moffic, second year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion will present "In Search of the Jewish People: Modern Jewish Thinkers and HUC-JIR's Year-in-Israel Program" at the next Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture. The lecture will take place at noon on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Mayerson Hall Auditorium, 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati.

The lecture will look at the role of the State of Israel and the concept of Jewish peoplehood in the works of key twentieth-century Jewish thinkers including Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Mordechai Kaplan, and Eugene Borowitz. Delving into these varied perspectives of Jewish peoplehood, participants will come to an understanding of the influencing factors determining the Year-in-Israel requirement for first year rabbinical, cantorial, and education students of the College-Institute.

Mr. Evan Moffic spent 2001-2002 in Israel on the Year-in-Israel program of the College-Institute where he studied Hebrew language and encountered the land and people of Israel through specialized programs. He received his BA with high honors in history and a focus on American and modern Jewish history from Stanford University. During 2000-2001, he served as an Eisendrath Fellow and legislative assistant at the Religion Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, DC.

In its thirteenth season, Food For Thought features scholars and members of the HUC-JIR community who discuss their fields of interest, expertise, and recent research with the public. The Department of Outreach Education invites the community to attend this informative lecture with Mr. Evan Moffic. A hot buffet lunch will be available for $8; reservations are necessary. There is a $2 fee to attend the lecture only. To learn more about Food For Thought, the Department of Outreach Education of HUC-JIR, or to make a reservation contact Marcia Cruse, (513) 221-1875 ext. 353.

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, 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.