The Running Rabbis in Marathon to Promote HUC-JIR's Soup Kitchen

Monday, October 3, 2005

On Sunday November 6, Rabbis Benjamin David and Scott Weiner will run the ING New York City Marathon in hopes of raising awareness of the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institue of Religion's Soup Kitchen. The soup kitchen,which is operated by HUC-JIR students and area volunteers, is open Monday nights at 1 West 4th Street, and provides food, clothing, and counsel to those in need. Rabbi David and Rabbi Weiner believe that, by running the marathon, they will not only attract attention to the soup kitchen and the valuable resources it offers those in the community, but help demonstrate the importance of social action at large. As they say, if two rabbis can run twenty six point two miles, then just about anything is possible. Rabbi David, running his third marathon in three years, works at Temple Sinai of Roslyn. Rabbi Weiner, running in his first marathon, works at the Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation in Washington Heights. They were ordained by the HUC-JIR in May of 2004.


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 men and women for service to 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, 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