2005 New York Summer Institute: May 25 - June 24, 2005 - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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2005 New York Summer Institute: May 25 - June 24, 2005

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Friday, April 1, 2005

View the NY Minimester Course Offerings 

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's launches the 2005 New York Summer Institute featuring:

  • Graduate Minimester offering courses for graduate students and alumni; and
  • The New York School of Education's Gateways for Learning Intensive Summer Institute offering continuing education and certification in Adult Education and Jewish Family Education!

The faculty features leading Jewish scholars and social activists, including Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Dr, Michael Chernick, Rabbi David Rosenn, Rabbi Jan Katzew, Rabbi Richard Address, and Ruth Messinger. 


Courses are open to graduate students and alumni of HUC-JIR, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the University of Judaism, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and full-time students at Drisha Institute who have taken appropriate introductory Rabbinics courses. Other graduate students with appropriate academic backgrounds are also welcome. 

All texts are studied in Hebrew. Students receive 3 graduate credits for successful completion of each course. 

May 31 - June 3 / Tuesday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm (break, noon - 1 pm) 
Rabbi Lawrence KushnerScholar-in-Residence at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco 

Through the reading of biblical, classical, and contemporary mystical and kabbalistic texts in their original and translation, we will examine the great themes of the Jewish mystical imagination. Instead of studying the material historically, we shall approach it as a comprehensive, coherent and evolving theological worldview. As a way of encouraging participants to engage the material personally, students will be expected to submit one-half to one page (maximum) daily papers demonstrating an integration of topics discussed in class. 

June 20 - 24 / Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm (break, noon - 1 pm)
Dr. Michael ChernickDeutsch Professor of Jewish Jurisprudence and Social Justice at HUC-JIR/New York
Ruth MessingerPresident and Executive Director of American Jewish World Service
Rabbi David RosennExecutive Director of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps 

This course will contain two rubrics: 1) study of text-based Jewish mandates to work in the world; 2) the application of these mandates through mobilizing congregations to effect social change. Looking at early rabbinic texts as well as debate recorded in subsequent commentaries, students will gain a nuanced understanding of the Jewish obligation to promote a fair and just society. With an eye toward application of this obligation, discussions will also include: how to apply generic mandates to particular causes; how congregations have been and can be organized for effective social action; the techniques, tactics and strategies congregations can use to support their positions; theories of organizing; and, effective conflict management. 

Graduate Minimester Tuition:
3-credits = $1,800 Non-credit = $900 HUC students (for credit) = $500 

For information on Graduate Minimester:
Contact Dina Linsk at 212-824-2220 * dlinsk@huc.edu 


This continuing education program is open to anyone who chooses to study at HUC-JIR in New York. Students who qualify and who complete all the required assignments may apply to receive HUC-JIR credit for the courses. Each course can be taken for 3 credits or no credit. 

Courses taken for credit may be applied to degree programs, and to a Certificate in Adult Education or a Certificate in Family Education. Certificates will be awarded to qualifying students who complete 18 credits, a year-long placement in the area of specialization, and an education project at their placement. 

May 25 - May 31 / Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am - 8 pm (break, noon - 1 pm);
Friday, 9 am - 3 pm (break, noon - 1 pm)
Tuesday, 9 am - 5 pm (break, noon - 1 pm)

Rabbi Jan KatzewDirector of Lifelong Learning, Union for Reform Judaism
Every Jewish educational leader is a moral educator. Consider several strategies of moral instruction, each one of which has ancient, sacred textual support and modern, secular proponents. Educators, cantors and rabbis will be able to apply moral theory to Jewish practice - in tutoring b'nei/b'not mitzvah, conducting faculty meetings, and teaching learners at all stages. This course will also provide opportunities for self-assessment as a moral educator. 

June 6 - 10 / Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm (break, noon - 1 pm)
Friday, 9 am - 3 pm (break, noon - 1 pm)

Rabbi Richard AddressDirector of Family Concerns, Union for Reform Judaism 

Study "families, "as seen through current demographic realities and classic Jewish texts. Biblical, Talmudic and Midrashic stories will be examined against current texts and personal histories. The course will also present the study of "family dynamics," and "family process," as students are encouraged to think about how to incorporate text into their work with families of all ages. 

NYSOE Gateways for Learning Tuition
3-credits = $1,800 Non-credit = $900 HUC students (for credit) = $900 

For information on Gateways for Learning:
Contact Jo Kay at 212-824-2213 * jkay@huc.edu, or visitwww.huc.edu/ny/gateways 

The Continuing Education and Certificate Programs are generously supported by The Covenant Foundation, The Gimprich Family Foundation, The Lambert Family, and UJA-Federation of New York. 


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. www.huc.edu