School of Jewish Communal Service Offers Summer Lecture Series, through August 18 in Los Angeles

Thursday, June 1, 2006

This Summer, the School of Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College will be hosting a Seven-Part Luncheon Series exploring new models of community organizing and programming. Last summer, this series focused on new Jewish models of community and synagogue innovation. The primary focus of this series will be to examine models of community-building found outside of the Jewish communal system, as a means of extracting new ideas, best practices, and constructing some new organizational paradigms. Each program will feature a panel of representatives of different institutions, churches, and schools reflecting the specific theme of that session. 

This lecture series is open to students, alumni, and friends of HUC-JIR. 

Where: Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion/Los Angeles, 32nd and Hoover (Parking is available on the HUC Parking Lot), One Block from USC

When: Tuesdays (12:15 to 1:45) through August 8th 

What: For additional details and reservations, contact Freddie Thomas, at HUCfthomas@huc.edu or call for reservations, 213-749-3424, ext. 4217. Guests are invited to bring their own lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided. Reservations are however required. 

Tuesdays at Lunch Series:

  • June 27th: Encountering New Models of Christianity with special guest, Dr. Don Miller, Professor of Religion at USC
  • July 11th: Exploring Entrepreneurial Partnerships: Where the business sector and the social service field meet.
  • July 18th: Examining Alternative Community Organizing Models: Four inner-city community agencies will be presenting their work
  • July 25th: Exploring Four Religious Traditions: How do Buddhists, Sheikhs, Moslems, and Mormans reach out and serve their consituencies?
  • August 1th: Organizing from the Bottom Up---Models of Community Advocacy, employing Sol Alinsky's Principles of Organizing
  • August 8th: Bringing It All Home: Jewish Identity Formation and Community Development: Can We Learn From Other Communities and What is Unique about Us? Special Guest: Dr. Bethamie Horowitz, 2006 SJCS Rabbi Lewis Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence.
  • Students, alumni and friends of HUC-JIR are also invited to attend the 38th Annual Culmination Exercises of the SJCS on Wednesday evening, August 9th at Wilshire Blvd. Temple, Irmas Campus at 7:30 pm at which time Dr. Bethamie Horowitz will be featured as the Keynote Speaker

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