CINCINNATI, OH:--- As America's Jewish community prepares to initiate a year-long series of programs marking 350 years of Jewish communal life in America, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) faculty and staff have been appointed to key leadership roles with 'Celebrate 350: Jewish Life in America 1654-2004'-the governing body that will coordinate the year-long celebration. (September 2004-August, 2005).
As the coordinating body of an extensive network of organizations and programs, 'Celebrate 350' provides resources, encourages ideas, and links the many national and local projects, programs, and enterprises marking the event.
The 'Celebrate 350' Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion committee representatives include:
'Celebrate 350' will work closely with organizations and individuals from around the country to commemorate this milestone occasion. Already, The Commission for Commemorating of 350 Years of American Jewish History, an affiliate of 'Celebrate 350', has planned a major exhibition of Jewish documents and artifacts to be displayed at the Library of Congress. The exhibit will open in September 2004. Following its presentation at the Library of Congress, the exhibit will travel to New York, Cincinnati and Los Angeles.
Through a Professional Advisory Committee and Committee of Affiliated Organizations, of which Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is a member, 'Celebrate 350' will encourage the development of national and local programs and provide activity organizers with technical support and resources. The College-Institute's museums and educational outreach programs at its campuses in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York will offer cultural and educational events in celebration of this milestone anniversary.
'Celebrate 350's' website will direct participants to available resources, enabling them to share ideas as well as educational materials. A calendar of all 350th anniversary-related events will be posted and regularly updated at www.celebrate350.org.
Like the official commemorations of the 250th anniversary in 1905 and the 300th anniversary observed in 1954-55, 'Celebrate 350: Jewish Life in America 1654-2004' will provide opportunities for study, reflection and celebration of this moment in Jewish, American, and world history. 'Celebrate 350' will focus on telling the story of Jewish achievements in America as well as of the singularity of American society that allowed Jews, a minority people, not only to preserve their history, religion, traditions, and culture, but also to thrive as individuals and as a culture. The Jewish experience in America - with its commitment to the values of freedom, opportunity, religious liberty, equality, and pluralism -is the story of America and American ideals as well. Therefore, all Americans are invited to join in 'Celebrate 350: Jewish Life in America 1654-2004.'.