Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., Serves as Keynote Speaker at the World Union for Progressive Judaism's CONNECTIONS 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., President, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) brought his inspiring vision to CONNECTIONS 2015, the World Union for Progressive Judaism's (WUPJ) worldwide celebration of our Movement, where he served as the keynote speaker.  

Rabbi Panken's address, "Seven Continents, Five Oceans, Three Principles, One Movement: Imagining the Global Future of Progressive Judaism," focused on the future of global Progressive Judaism. During his innovative text-based session, Rabbi Panken discussed what makes us uniquely equipped to engage global Jewry going into the future and of the crucial role Progressive Judaism can play in advancing Jewish life in Latin America.

The biennial conference took place from May 13-16 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and more than 300 people attended Rabbi Panken's address. 


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