Over 200 alumni from North American and throughout Israel gathered for the annual Alumni Shabbat Experience at the newly named Taube Family Campus at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem on July 8-9, 2016.
Beginning with a festive Friday Night Live: Jerusalem Edition, including tefillah, song, and dinner, alumni participated in services and the inaugural Rabbi Judith Abrams, z”l, Memorial Lecture, presented by Rabbi David Levine, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Talmud and Halacha, followed by chavruta study and a festive Kiddush on Saturday.
"Praying, eating, speaking and learning together, our alumni community proved itself once again to be talented, engaged and diverse,” noted Rabbi Michael Marmur, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost. “Our Jerusalem campus has always been a place of encounter. Many of our alumni tell us they met their spouses here, and we are delighted to continue the tradition of bringing friends together. The preaching of Rabbi Rachel Sabbath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D., National Director of Recruitment and Admissions and Presidential Scholar, the teaching of David Levine, and the music of Cantor Tamar Havilio were greeted by the enthusiasm of the incoming Year-In-Israel class and the emotion of the Class of '85 paying tribute to those no longer with us. Everything combined to create a special moment. It was a particular privilege to honor alumni who have done so much to encourage recruitment to our various programs."
The Jerusalem Alumni Shabbat Experience is sponsored by the Class of 1985 Tribute Fund in honor of the enduring value of friendship among colleagues and in memory of their classmates:
Rabbi Judith Abrams
Cantor Kerry Ben-David
Rabbi Eric Bram
Rabbi Charisse Kranes
Robbyn Sue Panitch, MSW
Rabbi Julie Spitzer
Rabbi Jeffrey Weisblatt