HUC-JIR's Experts in Synagogue Growth to Participate in UJA-Federation of NY's "Leading Successful Synagogue Change" Day-Long Program

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Experts from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion faculty in New York and Los Angeles will present at the UJA-Federation of New York on "Leading Successful Synagogue Change," Monday, May 12, 2008. Participants will learn from current research, take part in forums to identify new approaches to synagogue growth, and consider strategic direction for future partnerships. 

The following sessions will feature presentations based on cutting-edge research and teaching by HUC-JIR faculty: 

"Defining Success: The Visionary Congregation"

  • Dr. Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York; and Director, Florence G. Heller/JCC Association Research Center

Workshops on "Exploring Pathways to Change: Torah, Avodah, Gemilut Chasadim" and "Leading Change: Theory and Practice"

  • Dr. Isa Aron, Professor of Jewish Education at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles
  • Dr. Lawrence Hoffman, Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York

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.