Meeting of the Leadership of HUC-JIR and Hebrew University

Friday, March 20, 2015

Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., President; Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost; Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem; and Dr. Michal Muszkat-Barkan, Director of the Department of Education and Professional Development and Director of the M.A. Program in Pluralistic Jewish Education, recently met with the leadership of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, including Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson, President, and Professor Jonathan Cohen, Director of their Melton Centre for Jewish Education. HUC-JIR's M.A. in Pluralistic Jewish Education is in partnership with the Melton Centre and offers Israeli educators the tools to implement pluralistic Jewish education.


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.