Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., Reports from Israel

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., President's Scholar and National Director of Recruitment, Admissions, and Community Engagement, recently visited our Jerusalem campus and hosted a lunch with rabbinical, cantorial, and education students in the Year-In-Israel program and cantorial certification students.

Rabbi Sabath spoke with students on the power of mutual responsibility for one another given the situation in Israel right now. She discussed the most important factor in the excellence of the College-Institute: its students – and spoke about what it means to begin a 60-year relationship with HUC-JIR. Rabbi Sabath asked the future rabbis, cantors, and educators to share who inspired them to choose their path and whom they are inspiring to be their future colleagues.  They also discussed the new HUC-JIR partnership with URJ Birthright groups and their potential role in helping to lead Shabbat experiences and recruit HUC-JIR students. 

During her trip to Israel, Rabbi Sabath was interviewed by WRKC Cincinnati Channel 12 and WLWT Cincinnati Channel 5. In her Channel 5 Skype interview from a small town north of Tel Aviv, she stated, “Everyone is adjusting to life in a war zone. My daughter said, ‘You know, we came for vacation and we found ourselves in a war.’”  Rabbi Sabath also spoke with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati during her time in Tel Aviv. She discussed the mood in Israel 17 days into Protective Edge.

Interested in learning more about HUC-JIR? Please contact Rabbi Sabath in our National Office of Recruitment and Admissions at admissions@huc.edu or huc.edu/admissions.


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