HUC-JIR Stateside Campus Kick-offs

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

New student orientation has begun, and the Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York campuses of HUR-JIR are beginning the academic year. Classes begin Monday. 

This past week, students from the Cincinnati campus have had meals with faculty, High Holiday orientation, and have welcomed back students who spent the past year in Israel. 

The Los Angeles faculty are having a retreat at the Skirball Cultural Center Friday, August 24. Their Kallah retreat begins this Sunday, August 26. 

New students at the New York campus are having an orientation in Manhattan, starting at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York, where they will meet with Rabbi David Posner, and will explore the incorporation of social justice in their personal and professional lives with Rabbis Jennie Rosenn and David Rosenn. They will also visit a number of houses of worship meeting with clergy and learning about the religious demographic of this city, they will do a workshop with Rabbi Jonathan Slater on prayer and mindfulness to help them prepare spiritually for the year ahead, and they'll conclude with Shabbat services and dinner at Congregation Rodeph Sholom. 

On Sunday the entire New York faculty and student body head to Camp Kutz in Warwick NY for the Kallah, a three-day retreat, and classes will begin there. 

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first 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.