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Thursday, December 1, 2005

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion presents:
Food For Thought 2005-2006 Series in Welcoming Our Newest Faculty Members

About the Lectures

Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
Do First Then Listen: Jewish Religion Versus Jewish Religion with Rabbi Rechnitzer Ph.D.

Traditional Reform Judaism places 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. 

Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
When Blaming the Victim No Longer Works: Reading the Book of Job After the Holocaust with Jason Kalman Ph.D.

In traditional Jewish circles the book of Job was often turned to in times of suffering to aid the community and individuals. Its teachings gave them comfort and helped provide some understanding of "the way things work." Jewish thinkers have not found comfort in these teachings in the period since the Holocaust. This lecture will be devoted to examining how modern Jewish readers are finding new meaning in the book of Job. 

About the Speakers

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 Rechnitzer was on the faculty at Franklin and Marshall College, Department of Religious Studies and Jewish Thought. 

Dr. Jason Kalman is Assistant Professor of Classical Hebrew Literature and Interpretation at the Cincinnati School of HUC-JIR. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University and is a research fellow affiliated with the University of the Free State, South Africa. He specializes in the history of Jewish biblical exegesis and his specific research interests include rabbinic anti-Christian polemic, medieval intellectual history as reflected in biblical commentary, and biblical interpretation after the Holocaust. 


Lunch and Lecture: $8
Lecture Begins: 12:30 PM
Lunch Served: 12:00 PM
Place: Mayerson Auditorium
Parking is Available on Campus
Handicapped Accessible
Please Reserve Ahead
Phone: (513) 487-3053
Fax: (513) 221-0316 

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.