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Monday, December 2, 2002

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion launches the Spring 2003 Community Programs: museum exhibitions, continuing legal education, lectures, courses, outreach and study sessions, as well as extensive adult education courses.

  • New York Kollel Courses
    Beginning January 21
    Hebrew Classes: Biblical and Prayerbook; Rabbinic; Modern- Ulpan, Beginning Intensive Modern, Intermediate Modern; Advanced Beit Midrash: Rabbinic Infallibility
    Text Classes: Parashat Ha-Shavua: The Weekly Torah Portion; Women at Prayer; Gates of Light: Introduction to the Zohar; The Jewish Bookshelf; The Jewish Calendar: The Ritual Life of Judaism; Reading Between the Lines: Introduction to Midrash
    History Classes: The Torah: History or Allegory; Women in Rabbinic Aggadah; In Search of The Messiah



  • New York School of Education Gateways for Learning-- A program for those who work or wish to work in the Jewish Community.
    Wednesdays, February 19-March 19, 6:30-9:00 pm
    Engaging Adults
    Wednesdays, March 26-May 7 6:30-9:00 pm
    Creating Meaning, Connections, and Comfort in Jewish Study
  • Museum Exhitions:
    Through July 3, 2003
    Rebirth After the Holocaust: The Bergn-Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, 1945-1950
    Upon the British Army’s liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on April 15, 1945, the uprooted and homeless Jewish survivors emerged with a boundless determination to rebuild their lives.


    February 20–June 4, 2003
    Thirty Pieces/Thirty Years: Works by Ann Sperry
    Sculptor Ann Sperry’s first major retrospective exhibition explores the relationship between her feminism, innovative approach to sculpture, and her identity and Jewish heritage.

    February 10–June 27, 2003
    Lilith Magazine: Women Transforming Judaism
    Lilith, the award-winning independent Jewish women’s magazine, is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary with an insightful exhibition on the changes it has made in women’s lives.


  • Continuing Legal Education
    February 26, March 19, May 7, 6:00-8:00 PM
    Legal Ethics in Jewish and American Law
    Professor Russell G. Pearce compares and contrasts secular and Jewish perspectives on the lawyer’s role. Topics include: The Lawyer in Jewish Tradition, Confidentiality and Conflicts, Counseling Clients and Pro Bono.



  • Public Programs
    Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 PM
    “To Keep Evil to a Minimum”: Modern European Orthodox Responses to Conversion and Intermarriage
    Dr. David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and I.H. and Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought discusses responses to conversion and intermarriage.


    February 11, 7:00 PM
    LILITH: What Does It Mean for a Magazine to Have a Mission?
    A multimedia evening with Lilith Editor in Chief Susan Weidman Schneider, Editor at Large Rabbi Susan Schnur, and professors Hasia Diner and Evelyn Torton Beck.

    Thursday, February 13, 7:00 PM
    Duties of the Heart: Ethics and the Soul
    $15 pre-registered, $18 at door
    Dr. Alan Morinis provides a hands-on excursion on the path to Jewish wisdom as we study together a selection from The Duties of the Heart by Rabbi Bachya ibn Pakuda.

    March 12, 7:00 PM
    The Womantasch! Reclaiming Purim with Rabbi Susan Schnur
    Underneath the Purim we know lies an entire women’s holiday. Come and explore it.

    March 25, 6:00 PM
    Women Who Sculpt
    Three contemporary Jewish women sculptors, Janet Echelman, Ann Sperry, and Barabara Zucker will discuss their work.

    April 3, 7:00 PM
    Lilith's Literary Lights
    Women authors whose writing has been published by Lilith include Cynthia Ozick, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Erica Jong, Grace Paley, Myla Goldberg, Blu Greenberg, Judith Plaskow, Lelea Newman, Eve Ensler and more. Call us to hear who will be reading and talking this evening.

    Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 PM
    Judaism And The Death Penalty 
    A panel discussion with Dr. Steven Greenwald, President of the Metropolitan College of New York; Nat Lewin; Rabbi Michael Chernick, Deutsch Professor of Jewish Jurisprudence and Social Justice and Professor of Rabbinics at HUC-JIR; Suzanne Last Stone, Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

    May 7, 7:00 PM
    A Celebration of Jewish Women's Music

    March 23 at 3:00 PM
    The Annual Max and Florence Minsky Concert at HUC-JIR
    This concert features the SSM second year class singing Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino music, accompanied by Joyce Rosenzweig.

    For more information about Kollel programs, please call 212.824.2293 or visit (defunct)

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.