Torateinu ARZA Torah Scroll Visits HUC-JIR/Cincinnati

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Torateinu ARZA, an initiative of the Association of Reform Zionists of America, is underway. One Torah scroll - generously donated by Congregation Beth Israel of San Diego - is traveling the country on its way to Jerusalem for Women of the Wall’s Rosh Chodesh Tamuz celebration at the end of June.

The Torah scroll stopped at HUC-JIR's Cincinnati campus during the weekend of the Inauguration of Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D. It was used at Shabbat morning services on Saturday, June 7, as part of the Joint Meeting of the Boards of Governors and Overseers at HUC-JIR, the Union for Reform Judaism Board of Trustees, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis Board of Trustees.

As the scroll journeys, communities are gathering to discuss pressing civil issues currently unfolding in the State of Israel through the lens of Torah values. Torateinu ARZA aims to raise awareness, create public discussion forums, and give Reform Jews the opportunity to bring the vision of a pluralistic and democratic Israel to fruition by becoming a part of ARZA. 

Once in Israel, the Torah scroll will be given to Sha'ar HaNegev, a Reform community in the Northern Negev desert which is reaching out to Israelis eager for an inclusive Judaism. 


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading 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. www.huc.edu