Rabbinical, cantorial, and education students at HUC-JIR/New York heard a talk by Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service, on "Bearing Witness: Crisis in Darfur," Tuesday, October 23, 2007.
The Goldner - Panken Symposium presented Messinger, who gave her presentation "Ruth Messinger Bears Witness," a firsthand account of the ongoing genocidal campaign in Darfur, Sudan that has been raging since February, 2003. Reflecting on her own visits to the region in August 2004, October 2005 and July 2007, Ruth told HUC-JIR students what must be done to stop these atrocities that have claimed over 450,000 lives. In addition to her presentation on the current conflict in Darfur, she also highlighted the work of AJWS and its 368 projects in 36 countries throughout the Americas, Africa and Asia. Sharing the words of dedicated volunteers from across the United States – students, community leaders and skilled professionals – Ruth told of the enormous transformative impact studnets can make as global citizens working to ensure lasting social justice.
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 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