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HUC-JIR/Jerusalem Honored by Tolerance Prize for the Encouragement of Tolerance in Israel

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Thursday, June 1, 2006

The Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem was awarded the annual Tolerance Prize for the Encouragement of Tolerance in Israel, at a ceremony on June 17 in Givatayim. The prize was awarded by the Organization known as Sovlanut - Tolerance, named in honor of that late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Haim Cohen. 

The College-Institute was honored for its commitment to pluralism between various denominations within Judaism, and within the academic scene, and for its promotion of scholarship in the spirit of tolerance in Israel and around the world. 

Rabbi Dr. Michael Marmur, Dean of HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, accepted the award and spoke on behalf of this year's recipients, who include the Israel Democracy Institute, Sheikh Muhammad Kiouwan of Majd al-Crum, and Archbishop Elias Shakour. 

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, 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.