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Tuesday, July 1, 2003

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion launches its Fall 2003 Community Programs: courses, lectures, study sessions, museum exhibitions, cultural events, as well as distinctive adult education programs.

New York Kollel (defunct)

Classes begin September 9

Hebrew Classes: Beginners, Advanced Beginners/Intermediate, Advanced, Scholars’ Circle, Rabbinic Hebrew. Modern Hebrew: Ulpan, Beginning Intensive, Intermediate Intensive

Text Classes: Parashat Ha-Shavuah: The Weekly Torah Portion, The Real Abraham Joshua Heschel, Great Yiddish Short Stories, Introduction to Liturgy, A Guided Tour through the Hebrew Bible (Part I), Answering Job or Why Bad Things Happen, The Lord is Our Goddess?, A Guided Tour through the Hebrew (Part II), Jewish Holy Days and the Christian Liturgical Year

Mechinah Program

The fundamentals of Judaism. Students will receive a certificate upon completion and will be prepared to achieve their Jewish professional goals.

New York School of Education/Gateways for Learning

A program for those who work or wish to work in the Jewish Community.

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 PM, September 10 – December 17 (No class September 24 and November 26)

Non-credit or 3-credits which can apply to a Certificate in Adult Education or Family Education, or to a Master of Arts in Jewish Religious Education.

Working with Interfaith Families to Invite Jewish Choices
Dru Greenwood, Director of Outreach, UAHC and Kathy Kahn, Assistant Director of Outreach, UAHC discuss the mitzvah of keruv and the opportunity Reform congregations have to invite and integrate interfaith families into the Jewish Community.

Study at HUC-JIR Close to Home

Temple Emanuel, 1101 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 (856) 489 – 0029 
Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, September 11 – 18, October 2 – 30, November 13 – 20, December 4 – 18
3 credits
Changing Faces in the Mirror: The Evolution of the American Jewish Family
Rabbi Richard Address, UAHC Director, Department of Jewish Family Concerns, will delve into the current issues facing the American Jewish Community in the ever-changing modern world.

Museum Exhibitions:

Living in the Moment: Contemporary Artists Celebrate Jewish Time
The continuing presentation of new, outstanding, and innovative works of Jewish ceremonial art, created by internationally recognized artists, which are available for acquisition so that they can be cherished in the lives of families and communities.

September 2, 2003 – January 25, 2004
The Art of Aging
Contemporary artists from Israel and North America reflect upon the aging process, celebrating the milestones through each decade of our lives through painting, sculpture, photography, installation, mixed media, and video to reflect on such aspects as wisdom, anxiety, physical change, responsibility, and optimism.

September 2, 2003 – June 25, 2004
Lynne Avadenka: Aftermath
Avadenka is a preeminent artist, inspired by Judaic subject matter. Her works combine words, images, and the process of memory to evoke the harrowing events of September 11, 2001 and its impact on loss and remembrance.

Cultural Events

Thursday, October 23, 7:00 PM
An Evening with Anita Diamant
Join author Anita Diamant to celebrate the publication of her new book, Pitching My Tent: On Marriage, Motherhood, Friendship, and Other Leaps of Faith. This book of personal essays reflects the shape of a life—as a wife, mother, friend, and member of the Jewish community—and offers more of warmth and wisdom that have delighted her readers for years.

Sunday, November 2, 2:00 PM 
Climbing Your Family Tree
A workshop for those seeking to chart family history and memory through an introduction to Jewish geneaology and methodologies specific to Jewish families, led by Debra Braverman, a professional genealogist and past officer of the Jewish Genealogical Society of New York.

Wednesday, November 12, 6:00 PM
A Celebration of New Works by HUC-JIR/NY Faculty
We celebrate our esteemed HUC-JIR/NY faculty and the many publications they produced over the past few years including works by, Dr. Carole Balin, Dr. Eugene Borowitz, Dr. Norman Cohen, Dr. Lawrence Hoffman, Dr. Leonard Kravitz, Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller, and Dr. Nancy Weiner. Short readings and presentations will be followed by book signing.

Tuesday, November 18, 7:00 PM 
Lilith Magazine¹s Music Celebration
Join contemporary musicians and performing artists in a celebration of Jewish heritage.

Tuesday, December 2 at 7:00 PM
A Conversation Between the Artist and the Curator
Join artist Joan Snyder and Jewish Museum curator Norman Kleeblatt as they talk about creativity, identity, and new forms of expression in contemporary art, sponsored by THEA (The House of Elder Artists).

Monday, December 10 at 7:00 PM
To Everything There is a Season
Join Dr. Leonard S. Kravitz and Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky in study and discussion of the wisdom literature of the Book of Ecclesiastes: Chapter 12, providing new perspectives on life and aging as drawn from their new book, Kohelet: A Modern Commentary on Ecclesiastes (UAHC Press).


Wednesday, October 22, 7:30 PM
The Crisis of Zionism
Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, ordained at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and current Bronfman Visiting Professor of the Humanities at New York University, will respond to the many political views on the Jewish State of Israel.

Thursday, November 13, 6:00 PM
Ancient Jewish Tombs and Burial Customs in Jerusalem
Thursday, December 4, 6:00 PM
Metatron and Magic in the Ancient Synagogues of the Land of Israel
As part of our “Archaeology in Jerusalem” lecture series, Dr. Jodi Magness, Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will uncover her findings from excavations in Israel in two separate lectures.

Wednesday, November 19, 6:00 PM
How Should Jews Study the Bible? A Modern Take on an Ancient Text
Professor Marc Brettler, the Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Literature and Chair of the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University, will share his views with us on this hot topic.

For more information about Kollel programs, please call 212.824.2272 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.