HUC-JIR Faculty and Administration at the URJ/WRJ Biennial Conventions

Monday, December 3, 2007

HUC-JIR faculty and administration will be featured in numerous sessions at the URJ and WRJ conventions in San Diego, December 12-16, 2007. Here are several highlights -- please consult the convention program guides for additional events with our scholars. 


Thursday, 8:45 - 10:15 am -- Joint URJ/WRJ plenary inauguration of the WRJ Women's Commentary on the Torah, edited by Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi and Rabbi Andrea Weiss. 

Thursday, 10:30 - noon -- URJ Recruitment Workshop: "The Former Soviet Union Pesach Project: A Snapshot of Reform Social Action in Rabbinical School" 

Thursday, 3:45-5:15 pm -- URJ Recruitment Workshop: "Making the Jump Like Nachshon: Considering a 'Second Career' as a Jewish Professional 

Thursday, 8:15 pm -- Barbara Friedman, Chair of the Board of Governors, will address the URJ plenary session. 

Thursday, 8:30 pm -- Rabbi David Ellenson addresses the WRJ plenary session on the Women's Commentary on the Torah. 

Friday, 8:30-10 am -- Dr. Rachel Adler, Rabbi Samuel Joseph, Dr. David Levine, and Dr. Aaron Panken will be teaching as scholars-in-residence at the URJ Biennial. 

Friday, 1:45-3:15 pm -- Dr. Rachel Adler, Rabbi Samuel Joseph, Dr. David Levine, and Dr. Aaron Panken will be teaching as scholars-in-residence at the URJ Biennial. 

Friday, 3-4:30 pm -- Rabbi David Ellenson addresses 150 NFTY teens at their luncheon at the Marriott Hotel. 

Saturday, 8-9:45 am -- HUC-JIR Alumni Shabbat Study and Breakfast Program hosted by the Council of Alumni Associations with scholar Dr. Reuven Firestone 

Saturday, 10 am -- Shabbat Services -- Rabbi David Ellenson and Barbara Friedman will be on the bimah at the URJ Biennial. 

Saturday, 1-3:30 pm -- URJ Shabbat Study Luncheons: Dr. Norman Cohen on "Jacob, Joseph, and the Brothers;" Dr. Reuven Firestone on his experiences in Egypt last year; Dr. Rachel Adler on "What Can We Learn from the K'dusah Prayer about Envisioning God's Place?", Rabbi David Levine on "Judah's Speech (Genesis: 44:18-34)," Dr. Aaron Panken on "Messianism in the Dead Sea Scrolls," Dr. Tamara Eskenazi and Dr. Andrea Weiss on "The Torah: A Women's Commentary," and Rabbi William Cutter on "R'fa'yenu Adonai: 'Heal Us God': Thera-Poetics," 

Saturday, 4-5:30 pm -- Rabbi David Ellenson will teach a class called "Text on the Terrace" on the terrace of the Convention Center. 

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.