Food For Though Luncheon 2005-2006 - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Thursday, September 1, 2005

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Food For Thought - Luncheon Lecture Series 2005-2006
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Mayerson Auditorium
3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati OH 

Wednesdays, October 26, November 2, and December 7 at noon
Lunch served at noon; lecture begins at 12:30 p.m. 

Reservations required by Friday preceding the lecture.
Lunch and lecture: $8
Please contact: Marcia Cruse at 513-487-3053; fax 513-221-0316; email 

Wednesday, October 26 at noon:
Scribes of the Biblical World: Did They Go to School?
Dr. Héléne Dallaire 

Over the last two centuries, archaeologists have unearthed tens of thousands of texts from the biblical world. These texts, written on clay tablets, stone, potsherds, parchment, and papyrus, exist in various forms, languages, and scripts. The information gathered from these texts enable scholars to reconstruct the political, religious, and social worlds of the ancients. What do we know about the scribes who wrote these texts? What did they reveal about themselves?" 

A native French-Canadian, Dr. Héléne Dallaire is now serving as the Director of Hebrew Language Instruction of the HUC-JIR Cincinnati campus. Before coming to Cincinnati, she studied semitic languages and taught Biblical Hebrew at the Jerusalem University College (formerly the Institute for Holy Land Studies), and studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ordained with the Full Gospel Fellowship of Canada, she served 10 years as assistant-pastor in Vancouver, BC, and Burlington, ON. Her specialties are Northwest Semitic languages, Tutorial Program development, and training for Teaching Assistants and private tutors. Dr. Dallaire received her Ph.D. at HUC-JIR in 2002. 

Wednesday, November 2 at noon:
From Cathedral to Community: The Journey of Revitalization of Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco
Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan 

The modern story of Congregation Emanu-El is a tale of peril, risk taking, challenge, rising, falling, and rising again. Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan graduated from the College in 1990 and has been part of this story ever since. The consequences of the rebuilding of the educational programs and the development of the Shabbat Morning Minyan and the alternative High Holy Day Services has evolved into ground-breaking changes in the congregation as a whole. Emanu-El has become a model institution for system wide change. Known nationally for these efforts, Rabbi Wolf-Prusan received the 2002 Covenant Award for Outstanding Educators. 

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan is the Rabbi and Senior Educator for Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, California since 1990. He graduated summa cum laude with a BA in 1985 from San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California. Rabbi Wolf-Prusan was ordained in 1990 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem and Cincinnati, OH. 

Wednesday, December 7 at noon:
Do First Then Listen: Jewish Religion Versus Jewish Religiosity
Rabbi Haim Rechnitzer, Ph.D. 

Traditional Reform Judaism put a strong emphasis on the religious feelings of the individual and the moral sentiments of the Jewish belief. One may say that the Reform concept draws heavily on the idea of religion as a set of beliefs rather than a set of rules that regulate the public and the private spheres. In this talk we would like to challenge these ideas and concepts and revisit its primary answer to the question of "What is Religion and what is the Jewish religion?". The session will include learning of classical Jewish texts that will help us to reflect on the primary question regarding the tension between religiosity and religion. 

Rabbi Rechnitzer is Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Thought on the Cincinnati campus. He earned his doctorate from The Department of Jewish Thought at Hebrew University (2003), and his rabbinic ordination from HUC-JIR (2003). He also studied at Mandel School for Educational Leadership and at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. Prior to joining the faculty of the College-Institute, Rabbi Dr. Rechnitzer was on the faculty at Franklin and Marshall College, Department of Religious Studies and Jewish Thought.

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.