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.