The Bonnie & Daniel Tisch Fellows Program Presents Rabbi Larry Hoffman, Ph.D.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Tuesday, November 20 from 10:45-12:15 in the CL, HUC-JIR/New York 

Rabbi Larry Hoffman, Ph.D. will speak on: "Limits, Truth, and Meaning: The Changing Rhetoric of Jewish Responsibility" 

Rabbi Hoffman will lead us through a text study and discussion of the question of how a leader's words can shape the way people understand the world and can move people to act. 

HUC-JIR/NY students will join Rabbi Hoffman for the discussion and lunch. The HUC-JIR community is welcome to join the discussion. 

Rabbi Hoffman is Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual and Director of the Synagogue 2000 Initiative for synagogue spirituality, HUC-JIR/New York. His research, writing and classes fall into three categories: 1) the history of Jewish liturgy; 2) ritual studies (the application of the human sciences and philosophical thought to the act of human ritual); 3) contemporary worship and modern Jewish spirituality. 

The Bonnie and Daniel Tisch Fellows Program is a three-year intensive leadership training program that will help selected rabbinical students inspire and encourage the Jews of modernity to willingly and joyfully embrace Judaism. Each year, five exceptional second-year rabbinical students will be named Tisch Fellows and participate in a range of special programs, including 3-5 days of themed seminars per year; a summer rabbinical residency program; a fifth-year mentoring program that will extend two years beyond their ordination; and the opportunity to pursue their academic and intellectual interests through individualized coursework and independent studies. Tisch Fellows will receive full tuition scholarships and living stipends, enabling them to focus completely on their studies and professional development. 

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.