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Dedication of the Youth Department of the Union for Reform Judaism at HUC-JIR/New York

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Friday, January 16, 2015


Rabbis Rick Jacobs and Aaron Panken

The dedication of Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Youth: Programs and Camps from Pre-K to Post-College at the New York campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) took place on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., President, HUC-JIR, and Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, URJ, expressed their mutual appreciation for the opportunity to house the URJ's Youth Department in close proximity to HUC-JIR's students, faculty, and staff. 

The Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Choir sang B'ruchot Haba'ot, Shecheyanu, and Ivdu et Hashem, and a mezuzah was affixed on the entrance to the Youth Department offices by Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Dean, HUC-JIR/New York, and Miriam Chilton, Vice President for Youth, URJ. 

The Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Choir 

New York leaders of NFTY greeted the attendees and shared their interests in working closely with the URJ and HUC-JIR in fulfilling their strategic planning to reach the 59,000 unaffiliated Reform Jewish youth in the New York area.

Nearly 100 attendees included URJ, HUC-JIR, and NFTY leadership; Board members and lay leaders; HUC-JIR students, faculty, staff; and URJ staff.


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, museums, 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.