HUC-JIR/LA Founder's Day Observed; Focus on RHSOE

Friday, February 1, 2008

On Tuesday, February 26, 2008, HUC-JIR/LA observed Founders Day, focusing on the Rhea Hirsch School of Jewish Education. Forty alumni joined the morning session. Dr. Michael Zeldin, Professor of Jewish Education and Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Jewish Education, led an interactive discussion on the topic: "Tohu Vavohu, Btselem Elohim, and Ezer K'Negdo: User IDs and Passwords for Leadership." Dr. Zeldin introduced an array of materials designed to reconfigure how we look at the issues of leadership. 

Dr. Michael Zeldin Calls for Bold Innovation in Jewish Education 

In his Founders Day Address, Dr. Zeldin addressed the community on the topic "Remembering What We Never Knew: Jewish Education for the 21st Century." Dr. Zeldin called for bold experimentation and innovation in Jewish Education and encouraged educators, rabbis and lay champions of Jewish education to think in new ways about the purpose and content of Jewish education. 

Read his full address here (PDF) 

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.