HUC-JIR Students and Alumni Participate in Ride for Reform

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

This year's Ride for Reform, a fundraising program for the Israeli Movement of Progressive Judaism, included HUC-JIR students from the three stateside and Jerusalem campuses, as well as many HUC-JIR alumni. The ride was successful in both fundraising and helping to bridge the gap between Israeli and American Reform Judaism. Participants interacted with members of Kibbutzim Yahel and Lotan and were hosted by these Reform Kibutzim. Both stand as successful models of an alternative Reform Jewish life in Israel. The five-day ride started outside of Jaffa, progressed to Ber Sheva, to Sde Boker, to and around the rim of the Ramon crater, through the wadis of the Arava along an ancient Nabatean spice route, and down to the resort city of Eilat. The ride offered an opportunity to see some of Israel's most amazing geography.

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.