News from Abraham Geiger College: Fellowship Awarded to Dr. Reuven Firestone; Academic Excellence Prize Goes to Abraham Geiger College Student; Dr. Dalia Marx in Germany; UJA Grant

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Dr. Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR, will teach a class on "Judaism and Islam: Religious Interconnections and Interwoven Histories" to Geiger College's rabbinical students. He will also give lectures at Potsdam University: "The concept of Oral Torah in Judaism and the concept of Prophetical Tradition in Islam. A comparison." and at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, "A synthetic methodology of post-modern scriptural engagement: combining vectors of religion and secularism in reading Abraham in the Qur'an and the Bible. Dr. Firestone is at Geiger College as the 2008 Abraham Geiger Fellowship recipient. He will speak at the Union of Progressive Jews in Germany later this month.

Previous HUC-JIR Fellows at Abraham Geiger College/Potsdam University have been: Rabbi Dr. Samuel Joseph of and Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx.

Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx of HUC-JIR Jerusalem is halfway through one year as the German Academic Exchange Service guest professor at the Abraham Geiger College/Potsdam University and will stay for a second year, through mid-2009.

First-year Abraham Geiger College rabbinical student Paul Strasko has been awarded the Michael Klein Prize for Academic Excellence for Year in Israel students at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem. This was the first year of Geiger students' required participation in HUC-JIR's Year in Israel program.

UJA in New York has awarded the Abraham Geiger College with a grant to develop further Lay Leadership training in Germany's Jewish congregations. This project was one of three in Germany which received a grant for 2008-09. Professor Samuel Joseph of HUC-JIR/Cincinnati will guide this project.

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