HUC-JIR Alumni Council Meets at New York Campus

Monday, March 3, 2008

Sixteen members of the Council of Alumni Associations gathered at HUC-JIR/NY for two days of meetings. 

Alumni leaders from each of the College-Institute's alumni associations, representing rabbinical, cantorial, education, communal service, and graduate studies alumni, come together annually to be briefed by the College-Institute's administration and to work together on matters of mutual concern. 

This year the Council's agenda included a meeting with Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President, and Barbara Friedman, Chair of the Board of Governors. Among the issues discussed were alumni representation on the Board of Governors, alumni development efforts, and HUC-JIR's commitment to sustaining alumni education. 

Council members completed an on-line seminar on Jewish identity, taught using the latest technology by the Rhea Hirsch School of Education's newest faculty member Tali Hyman, based in Los Angeles.

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.