New York Minimester May-June 2007 - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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New York Minimester May-June 2007

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Monday, January 1, 2007


Certificate and Professional Development Courses
for Graduate Students and Alumni 

Hebrew Union-College Jewish Institute of Religion
Brookdale Center, One West Fourth Street
New York, NY 10012

This series of summer courses is offered through the HUC-JIR Rabbinical Program and New York School of Education, for credit at HUC-JIR or at a comparable institution of Jewish learning. Each course is worth 3 graduate credits, and may be applied to ordination, degree programs, or to the Certificate in Adult Education or a Certificate in Family Education in accordance with program policies. Certificates will be awarded to qualifying students who complete 18 credits, a year-long placement in the area of specialization, and an education project at their placement. 

Minimester Tuition:
3 credits = $1800
Non-credit = $900
HUC students = Included in annual tuition 

Information and Registration:
Contact Dina Linsk - (212) 824-2220 

Minimester Course A

Working With Interfaith Families in Congregational School Settings
Dr. Evie Rotstein

4 Weeks | May 29 - June 21 | Tues, Weds, Thurs | 9-12 AM | (3 Graduate Credits)
Reform congregations and religious schools have the opportunity and the challenge to integrate interfaith families into synagogue life and encourage the establishment of Jewish homes. This course will address: How do we define ethno-religious identity for members of an interfaith family? How can we empower interfaith families to make Jewish choices for themselves and their families? How can we, as Jewish professionals, welcome and invite interfaith families to become active members of our communities?
What tools and skills are most effective in inviting Jewish choices? 

Dr. Evie Rotstein is the Director of the Leadership Institute for Congregational School Principals, a joint project of HUC-JIR and JTS and funded by UJA/Federation of New York. A congregational educator for 26 years, she has developed innovative programs for faculty development, teen mentoring, and parent education. She has taught graduate courses at Fairleigh Dickenson University School of Education and is presently a consultant for the ECE RE-Imagine project. She holds a doctorate at the Davidson School of Education of the Jewish Theological Seminary. 

Minimester Course B

The Narratives of Genesis through Medieval and Modern Eyes (H)
Dr. S. David Sperling

4 Weeks | June 5 - June 28 | Tues, Weds, Thurs | 1-4 PM | (3 Graduate Credits)
The Book of Genesis abounds in fascinating tales of the ancestors of the people Israel. Some of these tales depict our ancestors engaged in duplicity, violence and sexual activity of dubious character. The great medieval Jewish commentators attempted to account for the behavior of Israel's ancient worthies in terms of their own conceptions of Judaism. In this course we will examine selected narratives of Genesis from two perspectives: 1) The modern study of the Bible with its eye on biblical stories in their inner- biblical dimension against the world of the ancient near East. 2) The biblical stories as read within the world of medieval Judaism. Biblical and post-biblical sources will be read in Hebrew. Translations will be provided for ancient extra-biblical sources. 

The medieval commentaries will be read from Torat Hayim. Facility with Hebrew texts is required | Limited to 30 students 

Dr. S. David Sperling is Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/New York. He was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Columbia University. The author of many works on the Bible and ancient Semitic languages, his most recent book is The Original Torah: The Political Intent of the Bible's Writers. He is editor-in-chief of A New Handbook of Aramaic and its Dialects and editor of the Bible section of the forthcoming revision of theEncyclopedia Judaica

For more information on Minimester A:
Contact Jo Kay at (212) 824-2213,, or visit 

For more information on Minimester B:
Contact Dina Linsk at (212) 824-2220,, or visit

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.