Pines School of Graduate Studies Alumni News

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Boston, Massachusetts convened on December 13-15, 2015.  Three Ph.D. students,  Mr. Andrew Higginbotham, Mr. Jared Saltz, and Mr. Mark Shaffer presented excellent academic papers at the conference.

Dr. Jack L. Seymour, Professor of Religious Education at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Wabash Center consultant visited the HUC-JIR Pines School of Graduate Studies faculty for a one-day workshop on January 29, 2016.  The workshop focused on building a culture of teaching throughout the PhD program by assisting PhD students to become reflective about teaching.

The deadline for applications for the Pines School of Graduate Studies was Tuesday, February 2, 2016.  Twenty-four applicants applied to the Pines School of Graduate Studies, twenty-one applicants to the Ph.D. program, and three applicants to the M.A. program.  The number of total applicants has increased from last year.

The Cincinnati campus will be celebrating Founder’s Day on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.  Mrs. Joan Pines is joining us for this special event and wants to meet with the graduate students for a dinner while visiting the Cincinnati campus.   

To learn more about alumni activities from The Pines School of Graduate Studies, please contact Shelly Goldfarb at

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.